Monday, April 1, 2013

Sordid Sidearm: Reggie Watts- Why Shit So Crazy (2010)

I have been a big fan of Reggie Watts for a few years, but apparently that is just not long enough. Although I know this deadly dudeman as a hilariously talented musical comedian, he has been an active musician since studying the piano at the age of five, eventually going to college studying jazz, preforming in a great number of musical groups in various capacities, and slowly learning how to compose and perform solo using his skills on his looping pedals, keyboards, and acapella vocal chops. Now, at the ripe age of 41 and a solid 20 years into his musical career, he is well versed in bringing a killer show to an audience.

Those of you who may not know of Reggie might be surprised to learn he has composed a few current theme songs (the intro music to both Key and Peele and Comedy Bang Bang spring to mind), acts as sidekick to Scott Aukerman on the Comedy Bang Bang IFC show, has brought his skills to TED Talks, and just recently released a 30 track live/ studio comedy album, Why Shit So Crazy. Although it is nice to hear his skill put under the microscope that a studio recording affords (as demonstrated in songs like Fuck Shit Stack), his live shows are just as tight as studio tracks with the added bonus of his monologues and skits that run between, and sometimes during, songs; in short, I enjoy the art of his performances immensely. The video I continue to show friends is a song he did on Conan around the time Why Shit So Crazy was released. Not only is it hilarious, but it really showcases his skills in both his musical/ technical abilities and also how disarmingly goofy he presents himself when on the stage.

why shit so crazy?

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