Hometown: Great Falls, Montana
Birthday: March 23
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Watts’ improvised musical sets are created on the spot, using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. Watts loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way.
As a solo performer, Watts was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s entire North American tour “Prohibited from Being Funny on Television.” Watts released his debut comedy CD/DVD Why $#!+ So Crazy? on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. He released his album Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records in spring 2011.
As a musician, Watts recorded the EP Pot Cookies through Normative Records, sang on Regina Spektor’s Dance Anthem of the 80s and contributed two tracks to DFA Records’ Spaghetti Circus. Also the front man for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Watts and his band released five albums. Watts has recorded original music featured on “Louie” and “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” Also, he performed the theme song for Kristin Schaal’s “Penelope Princess of Pets” show.
Watts starred on the television series “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and in the Comedy Central special “Reggie Watts: A Live At Central Park.” He has also performed on “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “@midnight” and “Delocated.” In addition, he starred in the documentary film “The Yes Men Fix the World” and in the feature film “Creative Control.”
Watts has played sold-out solo runs at Fusebox, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot and several high profile international venues. Watts recently received the Argus Angel Award 2010 In Recognition Of Artistic Excellence at the Brighton Festival. Watts also received the ECNY Award (2009) and Andy Kaufmann Award (2006) for his brand of innovative stand-up performance.
Watts was born in Germany, raised in Great Falls, Mont., and currently resides in Los Angeles and New York. He continues to tour, both solo and with his band, Karen, around the world. An ex-Seattle-ite, he enjoys reviewing technical hiking gear. Follow him on Twitter @reggiewatts and on Instagram @reggiewatts.