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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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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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