For last year’s Campus Kick-Off comedy show UAA Concert Board brought up Nick Offerman, who packed a full house at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. This year Concert Board has selected comedian and musician Reggie Watts to headline the comedy show.
Watts has a larger-than-life afro and a comedy style that is completely his own, a mixture of stand-up and improvised performances.
“Reggie Watts is an exciting avant-garde artist. We’ve been courting him for a while, now. The stars aligned in such a way that we could maximize his accessibility to students and work with his busy schedule,” said former Concert Board chair and UAA alumna Sofia Fouquet.
Watts currently appears on the show “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and has made appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” For College Humor he performed a song titled “What About Blowjobs.” He also works with Michael Cera, Tim & Eric and Sarah Silverman on “Jash,” a Youtube comedy channel.
Before Reggie Watts started doing comedy, he briefly attended the Art Institute of Seattle. While there, he was part of several bands before he decided to go to Cornish College of the Arts to study jazz. From there he was the lead for the musical group known as Maktub. After that Watts started doing solo music. It wasn’t long before he started to add comedy into his music, and thus his career in comedy had begun.
“When I think of Reggie, I think of the most creative way to make me laugh. The man is a genius,” said non-degree seeking student Brian Benavente.
By 2006 Watts was performing on television, movies and in live performances. His live performances consist of a mix between his stand-up and his comedic songs. The songs are created using his voice, a looper and keyboard. Many are improvised. Watts began to receive national attention for his comedy style when he went on tour on the “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour, put on by Conan O’Brien.
Watts’ energy and fro will likely fill the Williamson to its full capacity and continue to make Comedy Show one of the go-to events at Campus Kick-Off.
Reggie Watts will perform at the Campus Kick-Off comedy show Aug. 23 for free at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The performance is open to UAA students, staff and faculty only. One guest per person will be allowed only if space is available. The show is presented by UAA Concert Board and is first-come first-served for admission. Valid UAA ID is needed for admission.