Los Angeles
FIVE THINGS:
Man, myth, baritone legend and brain-heavy old friend Reggie Watts* hung out after his all-improvised set last Thursday at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for some free-associating. The real genius lives in the negative space.


* This is not a self-portrait.

Los Angeles

FIVE THINGS:

Man, myth, baritone legend and brain-heavy old friend Reggie Watts* hung out after his all-improvised set last Thursday at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for some free-associating. The real genius lives in the negative space.

* This is not a self-portrait.


INTERVIEW : REGGIE WATTS

Reggie Watts performs tonight at Ace Hotel New York with The Dance Cartel at On the Floor in Liberty Hall. He woke up early to do his hair and found a few moments to talk to us about life, love, luxury problems and Comedy Bang Bang.

How is your morning, er afternoon, going?

Uh, it’s going good. Not out of bed yet, but I’m getting there.

You’ve just been taking interviews from bed? That sounds pretty good.

It’s not bad, it’s fun.

You’re a busy man. Last week when we were having technical problems you were like “Okay you have ten minutes. I have another one in ten minutes, then ten minutes before that.” That doesn’t sound like very much fun for you. Or maybe it is.

Well sometimes it can be. It’s just a matter of it lining up or not. Sometimes people will not call or they will forget. Something like that. Then sometimes they will call a little bit later and then the whole thing is derailed. “I’ll call you ten minutes later, then ten minutes later.” That can be weird, but it’s fine. Literally almost everything is worse than that.

They are first world problems, it’s true. Have things been kind of blowing up since Comedy Bang Bang premiered?

Yeah. Yeah, I think so. I think I definitely noticed people a little bit more. I mean people notice me more is what I meant to say. Ha.

You and Alex (Calderwood) are old friends from Seattle.

Yeah, I’ve known him probably since, I’m going to guess like 1996 or something like that maybe. He was throwing parties at — I can’t remember the name of the club, it was right under the monorail. It was the only thing in town that really had any elegance or sophistication to it when it comes to parties. They were killin’ it. But yeah they were cool guys, I’ve known them forever. I love the Ace.

I interviewed Vijay Iyer recently when he was coming to Portland for the Jazz Festival. We were talking about jazz being this democratic wildland where anything can happen. And I was watching some videos of your work on YouTube and various places over the last week, and thinking that jazz and comedy feel kind of related. Especially the sort of performance you do — it’s pretty singular — you have peers in the comedy world and peers in the music world, but what you do with them is sort of unprecedented. I was wondering if you feel like there is some feedback loop with how you approach comedy and how you think about improvisational music, and if they feel related to you in any way?

Yeah, they are definitely related. I mean, if you can improvise in music and if you have a love of music you can just transpose that to being more lyrical. It’s the same technique, it just depends on what you understand. Improvisation is inherent in any art form.

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Reggie Watts at Ace Hotel New York as we speak. Posted a few moments ago on Twitter by  Molly Smith.

Reggie Watts at Ace Hotel New York as we speak. Posted a few moments ago on Twitter by  Molly Smith.


Our friend Reggie Watts premieres his new show Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman tonight on IFC at 10pm EST — they’ll be joined by Zach Galifianakis and his wailing pipes, as well as other surprises. Reggie is our pal from way back in the day when the first nascent spores of Ace were gaining strength on the streets of Seattle, Washington. He’s one of the funniest, kindest and most talented people we’re blessed to know. Stay tuned here next week for an interview with Reggie about what he’s been up to lately.

Our friend Reggie Watts premieres his new show Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman tonight on IFC at 10pm EST — they’ll be joined by Zach Galifianakis and his wailing pipes, as well as other surprises. Reggie is our pal from way back in the day when the first nascent spores of Ace were gaining strength on the streets of Seattle, Washington. He’s one of the funniest, kindest and most talented people we’re blessed to know. Stay tuned here next week for an interview with Reggie about what he’s been up to lately.


A nice shot of Chase Jarvis in the Dasein : Invitation to Hang gallery at Ace New York. Be sure to visit his site to submit, or on Twitter with #Dasein. As you know, Mister Reggie Watts dropped in on our Live Music Series on Sunday night and Chase got some riveting footage of him in room 408.

A nice shot of Chase Jarvis in the Dasein : Invitation to Hang gallery at Ace New York. Be sure to visit his site to submit, or on Twitter with #Dasein. As you know, Mister Reggie Watts dropped in on our Live Music Series on Sunday night and Chase got some riveting footage of him in room 408.


Reggie Watts laid a surprise visit on us Sunday night in the lobby at Ace NYC, or as he called it, Starship Ace.



Photos by Steven Mertens

Reggie Watts laid a surprise visit on us Sunday night in the lobby at Ace NYC, or as he called it, Starship Ace.



Photos by Steven Mertens


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