Posted in comedy | music | tour dates on April 5, 2011

by Klaus Kinski

Reggie Watts on stage @ MSG (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Reggie Watts

On Wednesday 3/30, Reggie Watts took time out of his busy schedule collaborating with LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5 to headline two shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The early show sold out quite in advance, and if I didn't know any better I'd say the second show sold out as well, judging by the massive line of people waiting to get in to the late show as we were leaving. The night got off to a rocky start for me when none of the bartenders honored their usual happy hour drink specials. It even said there'd be a happy hour on the ticket! Luckily for everyone at MHOW, my wet brain has rendered me rather docile and I was paying full price in seconds. Innnywhoozle, to warm up the primarily seated crowd, opener Mark Normand took the stage. In all my years of seeing comedy, I've never managed to see him. As a matter of fact, the only reason his name rung a bell was because he replies "attending" to every single comedy event I also happen to be invited to on Facebook. I just assumed he was some superfan or something. But, good grief, he is freaking hilarious. I really wish I had seen him sooner. Check out his calendar and try and catch him one of these days. His completely non-musical, non-beat-based comedy will blow your mind.

After a super-brief intermission, Reggie came out to a stage festooned with all sorts of gear; samplers, a computer, a keyboard, and more... a larger arsenal than I am used to seeing him with. But I haven't seen him in a while, so maybe this additional gear is part of an evolution that I've missed a lot of lately. Either way, for over an hour Reggie completely tore the roof off the place. Reggie's sets seem to have a life of their own and their progression feels extremely organic and unscripted. His mixture of humour, skills with a sampler and other gadgets, coupled with is seemingly unending well of Franco-German-Russian-Beat-Boxing-HillBilly-accents makes for a spectacle that I cannot believe is sprung from one man's afroed skull. The guy makes me bust a gut as heartily as he blows my mind with his abilities to create insane music. He is absolutely one of my favorite performers of all time and I cannot wait until we have a chance to see him do another long-form show.

And it doesn't look like that wait will be very long because from May 6th through May 22nd Reggie will be at PS122 for a show called Radio Play. Radio Play is the brainchild of Reggie and co-creator Tommy Smith. It is described as follows:

Modeled after radio programs of yesteryear, RADIO PLAY gathers a group of actors, musicians and sound-effects artists to create a surreal sonic entertainment. Songs, stories and soundscapes collide in a comedic mash-up of non-temporal quasi-political pop-cultural tropes.
Even though I have yet to see Radio Play, the basic concept illustrates what makes Reggie one of my favorite performers in the world; he can do a short drop in set at one of NYCs many weekly comedy shows, he can sell out Music Hall of Williamsburg, or he can take the stage and completely dominate a more art-house oriented program. To simply regard him as a 'comedian' is an unfair reduction of one of the greatest performers in NYC.

And if you can't catch him live (or even if you can!), listen to him on CD or vinyl. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd 'Why $#!+ So Crazy?' on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He has a new album entitled 'Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records' which became available as a limited edition vinyl in March 2011.

Dates and videos, including one of Reggie talking about his LCD experience, below...

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James Murphy and Reggie Watts @ LCD SOUNDSYSTEM TERMINAL 5

FADER TV: Reggie Watts on LCD Soundsytem and the Definition of "Epic"

LCD Soundsystem and Reggie Watts - Shame On You (II. 45:33) Live at MSG, LAST SHOW!

Reggie Watts at MHOW

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DATES

4/30-5/1 - Austin, TX @ Fusebox Festival

5/6-5/28 - Radio Play at PS 122 in NYC:
Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 6PM
Late shows at 10PM: Saturday, May 14 / Saturday, May 21 / Friday, May 27
No performances Sunday, May 8 / Thursday, May 12 / Friday, May 13

8/12-8/13: Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL

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Comments (57)

Yay, beatboxing over a loop for an hour.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:17 PM

YES!!!!! MORE LCD!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:22 PM

this guy sells out shows? WTF is wrong with people. Just because you see him in a cab, doesn't mean you have to see the guy live.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:23 PM

i hope the rest of the show was better than that video clip...

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:28 PM

You've obviously never seen him. Yes, he beatboxes, but to say that's ALL he does is incredibly stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:28 PM

LCD BABY!!!! LONG LIVE JAMES MURPHY!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:29 PM

LCD concert was amazing. Still can't get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:33 PM

Radiohead APW Night #2 > LCD MSG

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:35 PM

Please, can't we just move on. It's done, over, no more.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:39 PM

2:39 = WINNING

am I right? am I? am I?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:40 PM

Yeah(crass version) is the best. What'd everyone think was the best live song?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:41 PM

Ice age coming
Ice age coming
Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both
Ice age coming
Ice age coming
Throw it on the fire
Throw it on the fire
Throw it on the

We're not scaremongering
This is really happening
Happening
We're not scaremongering
This is really happening
Happening
Mobiles skwrking
Mobiles chirping
Take the money run
Take the money run
Take the money


Can't wait to DANCE!

Posted by That's better than Yeah | April 5, 2011 2:42 PM

Reggie Watts is a genius

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:47 PM

Some girls in the GA at MSG thought Questlove came on stage to perform with LCD Soundsystem. They were disappointed that it was Reggie Watts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:53 PM

Why wasn't frohawk on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:58 PM

Reggie Watts is awesome, in a eat-out-another-man's-asshole kind of way. Actually that's not awesome at all, that's pretty fucking far from awesome. Like Reggie Watts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:02 PM

Williamsburg Hall of Music

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:12 PM

Do you people ever post positive comments in posts about bands you DO like? Or is this place just a receptacle for your immature pissing and moaning? Either way, you need to grow the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:20 PM

once this LCD stuff blows over. things will get back to normal. ignorance, sarcasm, lies, childishness, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:31 PM

BV losers have this as their ony outlet to spew their inane and vile sewage. Because if they tried that shit in person, they'd be in the intensive care unit pretty fast.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:37 PM

Who is Abe Frohawk?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:38 PM

MISSU LCD

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:38 PM

3:20 = 3:37 = WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:45 PM

^ ha! You are wrong. I posted one of those, and I'm not the pathetic loser posting Winning everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:48 PM

I like Reggie Watts. You can hate me for it...or think I'm an ignorant asshat. I don't really care.

To each his own, I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:49 PM

I am a hipster. I only like awesome music and awesome hummus. When someone posts something that I don't agree with, a little man rises up in me, and I have to disparage them. After all, only awesome is allowed around here. Notice how I didn't say WINNING? That's because I fail to see the humor in Charlie Sheen. That is becasue I don't really know how smart or original I really am and I walk around in a cloud of self doubt constantly. So, I buy the NY Times and read half articles to page 4 or 5, and come on here to feel superior to all of you NY Post readers. What do you know about music? Or fine vegan dining? Or global climate change? Or starving babies in Africa?

I just wish that they would put another couple of stops on the G and L lines so I don't have to walk so far to my stop. When I go to shows (since I am unemployed).

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:51 PM

What's with the dearth of Kickball Katy Goodman coverage as of late?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:53 PM

3:48
So besides the anger, how has the rest of your health been since you stopped taking your Lithium?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:54 PM

I think Charlie Sheen is doing a fine job of killing the catchphrase on his own. We don't need a PR team on here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:56 PM

3:53=WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:57 PM

why is Simon Cowell introducing Reggie Watts?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:59 PM

oh, my bad - Simon Cowell is not a fat pig

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:00 PM

Reggie dancing in front of the smoke machine was epic!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:08 PM

I'm 3:37 and I can confirm that 3:48 is correct in his statement.

BV clowns...

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:13 PM

The trolls on these comments sections are weak sauce. I give them a 2/10. Seriously guys, do some reasearch on your subjects so that you can really stab deep into the ego of your victims.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:15 PM

3:48 = 4:15 = WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:17 PM

Hey 4:15, well now why don't you show us how it's done, sister? Unless you are a pussy hipster punk, with nothing but contempt, resignation and criticism in your measly little mind.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:19 PM

hey 4:19 I already won. U mad?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:23 PM

4:23 = WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:24 PM

is this the best you kooks can do?

kook hates your money

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:25 PM

Do you idiots read what you are writing? HOw can you even consider hitting the submit button and unleashing your sadness into the world?

Next time you type out your really sad comments, hit the back button instead of the submit button. You will have gotten your weird aggressions off your chest and avoid the embarrassment of your childish rage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:26 PM

New TVOTR is Booooring!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:28 PM

4:26 is mad. Really mad. We should watch out.

4:26 = WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:31 PM

someone started the Winning crap, and now people are posting it. nice way to ruin a good blog.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:34 PM

4:34 = WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:35 PM

do not feed the trolls

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:41 PM

Klaus - the reason you've never seen him is because you mainly cover the Park Slope/Bell House comedy scene. Try coming to some shows in Williamsburg and the lower east side. Oh, and yea, you've seen in before at 50 First Jokes back in January.

Posted by JT | April 5, 2011 4:42 PM

Oh, Reggie Watts is comedy?!?
That's why I didn't get it. He was being embarrassing on purpose like Andy Kaufman. Brilliant! Now I see!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:46 PM

Just a friendly heads up.

My not seeing him has nothing to do with geography. I go to plenty of shows in Williamsburg and have been seeing comedy in the LES since you were in short pants. Though I have slowed down quite a bit.

I've never seen him because he's never performed at a show I have been to. It's that simple!

Bottom line: Glad I finally saw him! He's amazing. An asset to any bill.

Love,
K_K

PS: first, x:xx = WINNING, anonymous, hummus, LCD soundsystem, James Murphy is fat, fucken hipster, sausage party, first, I hate, talentless, pathetic, what time does daft punk go on, and so on.

Posted by Klaus Kinski | April 5, 2011 4:53 PM

first

4:53 = WINNING

anonymous

hummus

LCD soundsystem

James Murphy is fat

fucken hipster

sausage party

first

I hate

talentless

pathetic

what time does daft punk go on

and so on.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:55 PM

4:46=WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:55 PM

You forgot 7.5!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 5:12 PM

His best friend said it best. Reggie Watts = Charlie Sheen.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 6:03 PM

Frohawk where you at?

I think facebook needs a meh button.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 9:39 PM

LCD Cruise

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:06 AM

Ich finde den Aufbau eurer Webseite sehr gut und ansprechend, auch inhaltlich gesehen.

Posted by Tim | April 20, 2011 6:05 AM

The play is incredibly well done, too bad you smarmy fucks will find a thousand reasons to bitch on the internet having never been to a single Reggie Watts gig.

Go fuck yourselves BV anons.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2011 11:27 PM

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