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SXSW 2012: Reggie Watts explains his unique comedy style

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There’s a lot to be excited for when IFC’s new show “Comedy Bang! Bang!” comes to a television set near you in June. Chief among those reasons is the inclusion of comedian Reggie Watts, who many were first introduced to when he opened for Conan O’Brien live tour in 2010.

IFC caught up with Watts at SXSW where we talked to him about his unique brand of comedy. If you haven’t heard of Watts before, you’re in for a treat (check out “Fuck Shit Stack” for an example of his hilarity). Watts’ unique blend of comedy and music (and his insane array of accents) makes for an experience unlike any we have ever seen. So we were curious how he built up to that point in his comedy career.

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“It really started in high school for me. I was an only child, so I used to dance a lot in my basement, like to Michael Jackson records and Billy Ocean and stuff, and I used to sing and I used to make fun of songs a la Weird Al Yankovic,” he explained. “And so I incorporated elements of that into my act in high school for Drama. So I could just get up and improvise these ridiculous characters and sing songs.”

But that was just where it started. Brooklyn-born Watts moved to Seattle in 1990 and ended up staying there for three years. During that time, he was exposed to a wide array of music and comedy groups that helped lend themselves to created the brand of comedy he performs today.

“[I] lived [in Seattle] until 2003. In that time I was mainly doing just music. I was in punk rock bands, heavy metal bands, world music bands, jazz groups, any type of music that would take me. I just love music,” Watts said. “And in that time I did some stage comedy and I had a lot of fun with that, but then I ran into Stella, the Stella shorts, the original, and I was like, ‘What is this?’ It blew me away. I was like, ‘This is the type of comedy. This is my comedy.'”

Check out a sneak peek of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and make sure to tune in to IFC when it premieres in June.

Do you find Reggie Watts’s brand of comedy funny? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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