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Reggie Watts opening for Matt & Kim, touring, in a magazine, doing more shows @ PS122 & stuff!

Under the Radar

Do you and your buddies ever throw on your cargo shorts and flip-flops and head out into the mean streets of Brooklyn for an epic brunch and, over some bloody mary’s and eggs benedict, eventually end up debating the slow, gory death of old/print media at the hands new/electronic media? About the pointlessness of buying books, newspapers and magazines because it’s not only a waste of natural resources but also because even hot-off-the-presses print news is already essentially centuries old because, well, the second something happens WHAM it’s on the ‘net? And how you can carry around over 3,000 books in your Manhattan Portage messenger bag thanks to wonderful devices like iPads and Kindles? Welp, I hate that debate and I hate you and your buddies. I am no luddite, but as a tweeter, blogger, facebooker, emailer, gchatter, and misery pod, I am still a fan of good old fashioned paper media. I can see the virtue in both sides of the argument, but the bottom line is that if we become a world without printed, glossy, tangible, foldable, “bring into the bathroom and not worry if it accidentally falls into the toilet” printed matter… well, I will kill myself.

OK, so what’s my point. Why can’t I just cut to the chase and not just cut the cheese? I get on these tangents. Ugh. I know! My point is that sometimes a periodical comes out that is so epic content-wise that you simply must have the hard copy and for a while pretend the internet doesn’t fucking exist. Wait, no. TWO copies; one to carry around and muss up, the other to keep and cherish and never look at. Case in point? Under the Rader, Issue #36, Music vs. Comedy. If you are like me and are intrigued with the connections betwixt music and comedy, this is pretty much the most primo group of pages you could hope to see.

In the issue, indie rock musicians and comedians interview each other. The new issue features cover star Aziz Ansari and includes match-ups with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne vs. David Cross (IFC’s The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Arrested Development), Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam vs. Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks & Recreation), Loney Dear’s Emil Svanängen vs. Ty Burrell (ABC’s Modern Family), and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark vs. Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille). Ansari (Parks & Recreation) appears on the cover as David Bowie and, for the issue, he talked to both Toro Y Moi‘s Chaz Bundick and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

Other comedians interviewed in the issue include Carrie Brownstein (IFC’s Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Donald Glover (NBC’s Community), Ed Helms (NBC’s The Office, The Hangover Part II), Ellie Kemper (NBC’s The Office), Danny Pudi (NBC’s Community), Henry Rollins (Black Flag frontman and comedian), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up, Paper Heart), Reggie Watts (Conan), and more.

Many of the articles feature hilarious photo shoots with comedians dressed as iconic musicians: Aziz Ansari as David Bowie, LL Cool J, Harry Nilsson, and Bruce Springsteen; Ty Burrell as Joni Mitchell; David Cross as The Who’s Keith Moon; Nick Offerman as Willie Nelson; Patton Oswalt as Prince (below); and Charlyne Yi as Elton John.

Man, that is a supremely dense amount of material to digest. That snippet of the press release (which bizarrely omits Mr. Show from David Cross’s CV and regards Henry Rollins a comedian) really just scratches the surface of an issue that also includes a massive article about James Blake (whose popularity I find vexing) (not that he’s not good), and crap loads more.

Reggie Watts @ the Bell House in 2010 (more by David Anrako)
Reggie Watts

The issue is a flippin’ who’s who of comedians and musicians I dig, but one name demands further discussion. Yep, you guessed it! BV favorite Reggie Watts yo! After headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg, tearing it up with LCD Soundsystem during their death throes, and getting a three-page spread in the aforementioned magazine, Reggie is about to hit the road for an 11 date tour that includes three NYC appearances, two of which are FREE! His first appearance is, like, tomorrow (5/25) when he opens for Matt & Kim at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

His collaborative masterpiece RADIO PLAY at PS122 was also extended through May 28th (including tomorrow, before M&K)! That means there are now more chances to see him before heads across the USA for his appearance at Sasquatch on 5/29. But then he comes back in June for the previously mentioned free show at Central Park Summerstage on 6/22 and Summerstage in Red Hook on 6/24. All tour dates and some videos below. In the mean time, check out Reggie’s Daytrotter Session!

Reggie Watts Tour Dates
5/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/Matt & Kim
5/25 – NY, NY PS122 Radio Play
5/26 – NY, NY PS122 Radio Play
5/27 – NY, NY PS122 Radio Play
5/28 – NY, NY PS122 Radio Play
5/29 – Geroge, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
6/22 – New York, NY @ SummerStage, Central Park *free
6/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ SummerStage, Red Hook Park *free
8/12 – Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage, 8pm & 10:30
8/13 – Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage, 8pm & 10:30
8/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo, 7pm
8/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent, 7:30 & 10pm
8/19 – Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club, 7:30 (all ages)
8/20 – Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club, 7:30 (all ages)
8/21 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater, 7pm (all ages)

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