Reggie Watts Comes to Town: "It's Not Going To Be Miami. It's Going To Be Our-ami"
You could try to break more bones than Evel Knievel, but chances are you'd just look clumsy, no matter how awesome your motorcycle. And if you were to get shot while wearing a top hat in Ford's Theatre, what would be the point? Abraham Lincoln already owns that.
Wendy Lynch Redfern
Same thing goes for beatboxing. Don't bother -- comedian Reggie Watts has it covered.
"It's really about understanding how to make sounds with the mouth," Watts tells New Times. "Maybe I accidentally made a sound... I notice how my body can re-create it."
But beatboxing is not why Reggie Watts is back by popular demand, playing three shows this week at Miami Light Project's Goldman Warehouse theater. It's not why Conan O'Brien picked him to open his national live tour. Or why Comedy Bang! Bang!, the IFC show he cohosts, just wrapped shooting its second season. It's not why he recently launched JASH, his YouTube channel collaboration with Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Tim & Eric.
No, the comedian and musician has returned to South Florida because he has a unique set of skills, all of which he uses to create a borderline-uncomfortable brand of humor that's nevertheless damn funny.
Along with his beatboxing, Watts uses effects pedals to loop strange vocal beats and compose songs on the fly -- say, a duet with Mad Men's Jon Hamm about the virtues of the sitcom Taxi. Or there's the surprisingly thorough guide to knowing if you are engaged in sexual intercourse, a song called, "If You're Fucking, You're Fucking."
But no matter how many millions of YouTube views his songs get, no matter how catchy or educational his tunes, no matter how elastic and soulful his voice, you are unlikely to hear Reggie Watts singing on the radio. That's not just because of the many expletives -- fuck is a favorite -- but also because his songs are, well, really weird. Amazingly weird.
"My job is to make sure I'm connecting with people even if they're confused," Watts says. "It's dissimilar to how all these people are [used to thinking], so you have to project the reality that you want."