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Reggidency: Comedy Bang Bang’s Reggie Watts heads to SF Sketchfest

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Okay, we give. We’re going to have to pack our bags and head out West where the streets are curvy, the summers are cold and the SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco comedy fest that runs from Jan. 24 to Feb 10, is happening. Not only is our adopted comic Chris Gethard taking his aptly-named cable access show The Chris Gethard Show to San Francisco, but our favorite one-man house band, Comedy Bang Bang’s Reggie Watts, is heading to SF Sketchfest, too for a three-night residency a.k.a. a Reggidency. So we’re going to start hitchhiking our way out west to the SF Sketchfest, too. With Chris and Reggie bringing the laughs, how can we resist? And why would we want to?

For three nights (Jan. 27 – 29) Reggie Watts will team up with SF Sketchfest, Another Planet Entertainment, Noise Pop and us (IFC, in case you forgot) to present three completely unique experiences filled with music, laughter and special guests.

Part one of the Reggidency takes place Sunday, January 27th at 8pm at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre and features Reggie Watts and The Amy O’Neal Dance Crew for a night of movement and music. Amy is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer, performer and dance educator who is a frequent collaborator with Reggie. Join Reggie and Amy and her Crew for a one-of-a-kind collaboration of dance, music and comedy.

Part two features “Police Academy” star and sound effects legend Michael Winslow for a Sound Effects Summit. Michael Winslow can imitate over 1,000 sound effects using his voice alone. Don’t miss the first time meeting of two sound effects masters as they collaborate and perform solo pieces, when it happens on Monday, January 28th at 8pm at The Independent. Part 3 of the Reggidency takes place Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm at the Mezzanine. This time Reggie Watts teams up with jazz pianist Robert Glasper and special guest Chris Dave. Reggie and Robert are reuniting after a wildly successful debut collaboration at the 2012 SF Sketchfest, where they improvised an entire set of music and comedy with no preconceived notions or rehearsal. This time they’ll make it a trio, adding drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave.

Want to buy tickets? Head here. We’ll see you there!

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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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