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SXSW 2012: Reggie Watts explains his role on “Comedy Bang! Bang!”


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There are many reasons to be excited for the new show “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” but one of the big ones has got to be the inclusion of Reggie Watts as the series’ bandleader. When IFC caught up with the comedian/musician at SXSW, he teased the role he has to play on the comedy group’s upcoming television show (airing on IFC in June).

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“Basically I’m playing people on and off, and I’m doing some musical bits,” he explained. “What happens is they’ll say, ‘Hey, can you build an in to this guest and an out to this guest,’ and I’ll be like, ‘Okay cool,’ and while people are setting up shots and stuff like that, or they’re rehearsing, I’ll like do a quick song.”

He elaborated, “Like, I’ll build it really quickly on these looping pedals. And then when they call the guest I’ll just play it and perform it. But it’s cool because I think a show like ‘Bang Bang,’ you know, it really is run by nerds. It’s all like hyper nerdy but very, very intelligent.”

It turns out that Watts is much happier being part of a group production than he would be with a show all about himself. He did recently have a Comedy Central special, but Watts explained that he works much better in an ensemble.

“For me, it’s a great honor to be a part of that because I hope to do some cool stuff in the future and this is nice that I get to come in this way,” he said. “I think it’s nice to be a part of a project as opposed to, you know, ‘The Reggie Watts Show.’ I’m actually much happier to be a part of something.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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