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Reggie Watts preps Wajatta debut LP w/ John Tejada, hosting Comedy Central’s ‘Taskmaster’

Reggie in 'Taskmaster'
Reggie in ‘Taskmaster’

Reggie Watts is a busy guy. In addition to being James Corden’s Late Late Show bandleader, he’ll also be hosting new Comedy Central gonzo gameshow Taskmaster which premieres this Friday (4/27) at 11 PM. Here’s the gist:

The series, whose format originated in the U.K., requires individuals to use ingenuity and creativity to complete unusual challenges. Throughout the season, Watts and his co-host, Alex Horne, judge five unwitting contestants which include Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor, Bates Motel), Kate Berlant (High Maintenance, Search Party), Dillon Francis (DJ, Record Producer), Lisa Lampanelli (stand-up and insult comic), and Ron Funches (Trolls, Undateable) as they compete independently against each other in a series of stupefying tasks.

You can watch the Taskmaster trailer below.

Meanwhile, Wajatta, the duo of Reggie Watts and house/techno producer John Tejada, will release their debut album, Casual High Technology, on May 11 via Comedy Dynamics. It combines Tejada’s dancefloor sensibilities with Reggie’s wide vocal range and looping skills. Says Reggie:

Having been a longtime fan of John’s I was completely taken aback when we had the opportunity to meet a while back at one of his LA shows. We exchanged information and kept in touch. Eventually we decided to try something in the studio together. I explained that I love to work improvisationally and quickly in the moment. John fortunately has a fast mind and also works in this way so as soon as we started recording it just worked immediately; me being able to just flow what was in my head in response to his music and him locking onto that and crafting something great around/with it. It’s been such a fun experience brief and yet prolific as the partnership continues. I’m so excited to finally release music that I think will inspire people to move and expand on the dance floor or groove in their headphones. I believe Wajatta is that culminative experience!!

You can listen to Wajatta’s first single, “Runnin’,” below.

Finally, Reggie was on this week’s edition of Rhett & Link‘s YouTube show Good Mythical Morning where he was a contestant on their game “Which Musician Am I?” and you can watch that below.

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