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Actor / EntertainerAn afternoon with Reggie Watts. AMA.

Dec 15th 2016 by reggiewatts_ • 55 Questions • 1329 Points

I've got a new special on Netflix called Spatial (out now) and I'm also the leader of the house band for The Late Late Show with James Corden. I'm also doing a lot of stuff in the VR space at https://altvr.com. A friend is helping me out today. Let's attempt to communicate.

https://twitter.com/reggiewatts/status/809466970869370880

Thanks everybody for being a part of this, and I hope to see you and hear from you in the future.

Q:

How much of your TED Talk was improvised? It's the most fascinating and hilarious 10 minutes a human can experience. Thanks for doing this!

A:

All of it was improvised.


Q:

Reggie, how do you balance work and family?

A:

Very carefully, using a specific set of weights.


Q:

Hey Reggie! How was working with stand-in band member Lady Gaga on the Late Late Show?

A:

She was refreshingly down-to-earth, and very caring of other human beings.


Q:

What percentage of your rants on stage are improvised vs pre-thought? And of your music? Thanks, you rock!

A:

100% are improvised.


Q:

wait... do you mean to say that all of your non-musical material is generally improvised from scratch?

A:

Yes.


Q:

What's your most startling/jaw dropping experience on psychedelics?

A:

Probably listening to "No Quarter" on really pure LSD in 1991 in my family's basement in Seattle.


Q:

Reggie, have you ever considered for a second, shaving your head just to see what it felt like? I'm asking for a friend

A:

I've done that twice before in my life. And yes, it has been really amazing. I might do it again at some point in the next year or so.


Q:

Favorite word?

Do you use beard oil?

Any vocal warm-up/exercise routine?

A:

I guess one of them would be "obsequious."

I try to use beard oil, but I don't get the point.

And just sing all day long, then you'll always be ready.


Q:

Do you want your pen back? I have it.

A:

No, you can hold onto that.

I finally got around to getting another pen.


Q:

I'll keep it safe, bruv.

A:

Thank you.


Q:

What are your thoughts about doing an AMA on the same day as Denzel Washington?

A:

I have no comment at this time.


Q:

What's your all-time favorite Scotty Auks moment?

A:

I guess there was one moment where he looked at someone and said "Who dat?"

That was pretty great.


Q:

How did you write such profound lyrics on Fuck Shit Stack?

A:

It was a slow progression. The words just wrote themselves over time.


Q:

Reggie!

What came first, the music or the comedy? when did you decide to blend the two and what's the hardest part of doing so?

curiously, a musician people keep telling to do stand up

A:

I guess I never really saw them as two different things? So one just kind of flowed into the other at different times.


Q:

hey thanks Reg-meister!

P.S the new special is great. v inspiring (especially that bit about doing things with love) :)

A:

Thanks! It's really important.


Q:

Your last ama introduced me to Tram and Jellyfish. What artists have you been listening to lately?

A:

Marconi Union. Any album.


Q:

Would you rather lose your ability to taste food or would you rather have tiny dicks where your nipples are?

A:

Hmmm. I guess I'd lose my ability to taste food. That would help with weight loss.


Q:

What was your favorite hangout at The Holiday Village Mall?

Sincerely, someone else who escaped Great Falls, Montana at age 18.

A:

The Blademaster. It's a knife store, full of knives and daggers and fantasy weapons. It still exists.


Q:

Sure. It was right next to Sherlock's Home. Respect.

A:

Yeah! Sherlock's Home was a knick knack gift shop. It had like, pipes and shit.


Q:

What's your favorite Radiohead album?

A:

OK Computer.


Q:

Hey Reggie! What was your favorite ep of CBB to shoot? Thanks!

A:

I guess the Cop Swap episode.


Q:

Reggie!!!! Huge fan! I love your style and sound. Who would you say were your biggest musical influences growing up??

A:

Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley. And James Brown.


Q:

Thanks for the reply! And I gotta ask.. How cool was performing with LCD Soundsystem, and how do you feel about their reunion?

A:

It was amazing. And a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with them onstage. They're some of my favorite musicians on the planet. The reunion was a little surprising. I really thought they were going to stick to their guns and never play again. Which I think would have been better in the long run. But I understand why they wanted to do that.


Q:

What has been your biggest "I have to get the fuck out of here as soon as possible" life moment?

A:

Probably leaving Great Falls, Montana, at age eighteen. I was having a little bit of trouble with the law... so I had to leave. To Seattle. Immediately.


Q:

Reggie, you're hilarious. Unlike most comedians, you have a very eccentric style that makes you stand out. Is there a point in your life that you can pinpoint that led you to doing what you do as opposed to just regular stand-up?

A:

Hmm. No, not really. I just listened to my intuition and always had a desire to perform.


Q:

Favorite sandwich?

A:

That's so hard. Probably a sliced turkey vegenaise with a little mustard on gluten-free rice bread.


Q:

I'm liking your style Reg. What kind of mustard we talking?

A:

Probably a nice stoneground mustard. Not too much. And evenly spread.


A:

I'm not sure. It just appeared in my wardrobe somehow.


Q:

What are the chances you go to electric forest again sometime in the future?

A:

I don't know. But I had a good time last time. I hope to come back someday.


Q:

Can i get your recipe for bahama mamas?

A:

No.


Q:

In 1806, did you think that people might have been a little bit different than the way they are today?

A:

I think that they were definitely very different. But also, there were many, many similarities.


Q:

Reggie, first off you are amazing. I drove to Cincinnati to see you at MPMF & you blew my mind with your talent! What's your best life advice for a girl going through her quarter life crisis? What's your favorite food? Also Why did I see you in a photo on instagram with Travis Stever?

P.S. I love you

A:

Just always remain curious. And self-educating. Don't be afraid to do things you're scared of, but be safe and smart about your decisions.

Quinoa.

And I don't remember why. I love you too.


Q:

Who are some of your biggest influences?

A:

Siouxsie and the Banshees. Depeche Mode. Nitzer Ebb.


Q:

When you're in altspace do you have to move the headset to play music, or can you do it without seeing your instruments now?

A:

I've done it without being able to see my instruments, literally, but there is a passthrough camera that gives me a vague outline of my gear.


Q:

Yo Reggie!

You are an amazing person. If I were to ask you to do my little bar show in Brooklyn, is that something that would be likely to happen? And how would I make it happen if I couldn't offer money?

I just realized I'm an idiot and this show is not in Brooklyn. Will this make it more or less likely?

A:

Hahaha! If I were in New York, and I had the time, I'd love to stop by.


Q:

I will make time any time you have time, my man. First Mondays at Phoenix Bar, 13th and A. "Intimates: a small comedy show"

I will continue to love everything you do!

A:

If you hear that I'm in town, bug me again on Twitter.


Q:

What would your story arc be if you were a doctor who character?

A:

I would only survive one episode. But I would do my best to be a person.


Q:

How do you keep your hair so primed and ready for the world?

A:

I go see a professional.


Q:

Do you ever sleep with socks on?

Would you say that you wear matching socks more often than not?

A:

Sometimes. But I've gotten into the habit of not wearing my socks. I think it's better for your sleep (and your feet).

More often.


Q:

Reggie,

Just recently got introduced to you by @midnight. I would love to see more of your stuff. What should I watch/listen to first?

A:

Check out the new special on Netflix.


Q:

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A:

That sounds familiar. I'd have to see a picture. And thanks.


Q:

What are your thoughts on oatmeal cookies?

A:

As long as they're low in sugar and made with all-natural ingredients, they're okay.


Q:

Reggie, besides Altspace, what are your favorite VR/Vive experiences? You down with the shooting galleries, or are you more of a "Look at this whale float by" man?

A:

I like exploration simulations. Like The Lab.


Q:

Reggie, what's the best piece of music EVER written?

Love your TED talk (congratulations! ).

A:

Thank you. And there are so many. There are so many factors to consider. But "Lush Life" by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane.


Q:

What's your favorite science fiction film of all time?

A:

The one that had the most impact and stimulated my imagination was The Empire Strikes Back.


Q:

Who is your favorite muppet?

A:

Animal.


Q:

What is your favorite rendition of a Christmas/Holiday song?

A:

I don't know if I have one! I'm sure Johnny Hartman sang one, and whatever he sang was great.


Q:

Who's your favorite comedian?

A:

Rory Scovel.


Q:

Hey Reggie,

I'm trying to lose weight. It's been a lifelong problem. Any tips?

A:

If you can afford it, try to find a great trainer to work out with. Work out three to four times a week. And reduce the amount of food you are eating. Try to get rid of things high in fat, salt and sugar. And talk to someone who knows about nutrition, and try your hardest to stick with it. Also, tell your friends and family to help you and encourage you.


Q:

Hi Reggie, longtime fan and avid beatboxer. How did you discover beat boxing?

A:

I think I first discovered it through The Fat Boys in a movie. Probably Disorderlies.


Q:

Would you describe the best meal of your life for us?

A:

I'd have to say the best meal would be a toss-up between Grace in Chicago and Providence in Los Angeles. They're both Michelin-starred restaurants. One is seafood. Providence has amazing truffle selections, and excellent caviar. Grace is very inventive, incredibly flavorful food. You have to try it.


Q:

What's your favorite beer?

A:

I don't drink beer. But if I had to, I'd go with something really dark. Like Murphy's.


Q:

Have you ever been in an improv troupe or do you fly solo dolo?

A:

I've done sketch comedies but not improv in a group.


Q:

How was your time in Seattle like? Did you like the city overall?

A:

The city used to be really amazing and produced a lot of incredible music. Since leaving, I don't think it's gotten any better, and I think the tech industry is ruining the city's ability to support the arts.


Q:

Who would win in a fight Scott Aukerman or James Corden? Also what is the best breakfast cereal?

A:

James would win in a fight. But would probably concede, because he's a gentleman.

Bran flakes. Organic bran flakes.