Reggie Watts Interview


Uploaded by MyDamnChannel on 16.04.2012

Transcript:

BETH HOYT: Guys, we are so thrilled to have an incredibly
funny and talented performer with us today.
You may recognize him from Conan.
He's going to be the musical sidekick on IFC's new show,
Comedy Bang Bang.
He's also a good friend of mine.
Ladies and gentlemen, Reggie Watts.
Hey, Reggie.
REGGIE WATTS: Hey.
BETH HOYT: Thanks for coming.
REGGIE WATTS: Hey, thanks for having me.
BETH HOYT: I want to just--
I want to ask you a few questions.
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah.
Let's do it.
BETH HOYT: Um, I would like to start with, mmm, like, with
your early years.
REGGIE WATTS: OK.
BETH HOYT: And I'm wondering if there's one event from your
childhood that has shaped, you know, who you
are today as an artist.
REGGIE WATTS: Um, you know, I had a really good, intense
experience with a camp counselor--
er, a YMCA counselor.
Um, they used to pick me up to go to the YMCA.
And she was really hot.
And, um, she showed me a picture of, uh, a guy who got
a pebble stuck in his ear.
And, um, s-- like kind of skin grew over it and--
BETH HOYT: Uh huh.
Oh no.
REGGIE WATTS: Um, and they had to like, yeah.
They had to go out and like cut it out.
The guy--
I guess he was just dumb.
But, um, I always remember that.
BETH HOYT: Dumb?
He couldn't--
REGGIE WATTS: No, he was dumb.
BETH HOYT: Stupid.
REGGIE WATTS: Deaf.
Not deaf.
BETH HOYT: Oh.
Not deaf.
REGGIE WATTS: Not deaf.
Just kind of--
BETH HOYT: Just really stupid.
REGGIE WATTS: --not so-- yeah.
He could have prevented that so.
BETH HOYT: Yeah.
That's--
REGGIE WATTS: You know, I'm not making fun someone who's
down and out.
BETH HOYT: Right, no.
Just the stupid people.
REGGIE WATTS: But they cut it out.
But the most important thing is the smell of her hair.
BETH HOYT: Oh, sure.
REGGIE WATTS: So I remember that.
BETH HOYT: What was the smell?
REGGIE WATTS: It was like, uh, kind of chlorine mixed with
some attempted--
attempt at covering that up with some shampoo that's
supposed to get rid of chlorine smell, but doesn't.
BETH HOYT: I see that resonated in-- in your work.
My second question is, um, how-- how do you, personally,
Reggie Watts, battle y--
your inner demons?
REGGIE WATTS: Um, I mean, that's really hard.
A lot of times--
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah.
BETH HOYT: --I try to do it myself.
I think we all try to process stuff on our own, you know?
Um, you know, there's like, I don't want someone else--
BETH HOYT: A therapist.
REGGIE WATTS: --figuring it out.
Yeah.
You want to be your own best therapist.
But oftentimes I will play a game of
Frisbee, which is good.
Um, I will, um, toke on a little, uh, uh, every color in
the rainbow, uh, except for not green.
BETH HOYT: Sure.
REGGIE WATTS: But the opposite of that.
BETH HOYT: Mhm.
REGGIE WATTS: And then, um, and then sometimes, I'll just,
uh, I'll do a lot of push ups.
BETH HOYT: Cool.
REGGIE WATTS: And pushups are, like,
core-stabilizing exercises.
BETH HOYT: Absolutely.
REGGIE WATTS: And that--
that sounds like I'm saying that because that's
what you say, but--
BETH HOYT: Do you go to a-- do you go to a certain
number of push ups?
Do you set a goal and then do that or do you
just go until you're--
REGGIE WATTS: I do 20.
BETH HOYT: Oh, you do 20.
REGGIE WATTS: I do 20.
I do 20 and I try to just really plank it out, you know,
like really good, stiff plank.
BETH HOYT: Yeah.
REGGIE WATTS: You know, and just go for it and,
you know, go for--
BETH HOYT: Do you ever hold the plank at the end?
Just to challenge--
REGGIE WATTS: Sometimes I do.
I go for total failure.
BETH HOYT: Gosh, I'm glad I was.
We got there.
REGGIE WATTS: Yes.
BETH HOYT: My third question is from a Twitter follower,
and I really wanna-- we wanna see-- someone wants to ask you
a question.
REGGIE WATTS: [INAUDIBLE].
BETH HOYT: Philburmac wants to ask, do you
have a secret talent?
REGGIE WATTS: Whoa.
BETH HOYT: More than you already reveal.
REGGIE WATTS: Um.
OK.
A secret talent.
Um, I guess-- secret talent--
BETH HOYT: Is there anything that, you know--
do you make a-- do you have a-- do you have a cocktail?
REGGIE WATTS: Um, not on me right now.
[LAUGHING]
No.
Um, well, uh--
BETH HOYT: I hate when you make that joke.
I--
REGGIE WATTS: Well, I think it's funny.
I don't drink--
BETH HOYT: It's not funny.
REGGIE WATTS: You know that that's why that's funny.
BETH HOYT: That's why--
REGGIE WATTS: Cause it's--
I'm like--
BETH HOYT: It's like you're rubbing it in my face.
REGGIE WATTS: I don't know what drinking terms are.
BETH HOYT: Exactly.
REGGIE WATTS: You know?
BETH HOYT: Oh, I'm taking the toke.
REGGIE WATTS: Like are--
BETH HOYT: Well like, I'm going to make
fun of you for drinking.
It's like, why--
REGGIE WATTS: Are you-- are you serious?
BETH HOYT: Yeah.
REGGIE WATTS: Why, I mean--
BETH HOYT: Just because--
you don't-- doesn't mean you have do the-- the tail thing
and the-- yes.
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah but I always--
BETH HOYT: I've been a bartender.
REGGIE WATTS: I always do the tail thing and it's OK
because, like it's a funny thing because it's--
BETH HOYT: It's-- you always do it, and it's never OK.
REGGIE WATTS: Why?
BETH HOYT: It's never OK.
REGGIE WATTS: Why is it never OK?
BETH HOYT: Because you know it upsets me.
And also, if you bring up that YMCA counselor, like, I'm t--
I--
I've already told you that I--
she makes me-- she makes my blood boil.
REGGIE WATTS: I was--
I was like 12.
I was 12 at the time.
BETH HOYT: I know, and you're still talking about it.
Obviously she meant something to you.
I just don't like when you bring her up.
REGGIE WATTS: I'm-- listen.
I'm 25.
You're 25-ish, around there.
I think at this point--
BETH HOYT: Every issue that I have, and pra-- you're just
brea-- just--
REGGIE WATTS: You're more mature than I am, and I've
always said that.
BETH HOYT: Yes.
REGGIE WATTS: Because you're a lady, all right?
A lady human, right?
You're human, right?
BETH HOYT: Thank y--
I don't--
I'm--
REGGIE WATTS: I've always suspected that-- anyways,
that's not the point.
What I'm saying is that sometimes I try to fit in
cause I don't do stuff that you do all the time.
I don't drink all the time, like--
BETH HOYT: You don't--
REGGIE WATTS: [SOUND EFFECTS]
BETH HOYT: I don't drink all the time.
REGGIE WATTS: I've got to do My Damn Channel show.
BETH HOYT: And I don't ever talk like that.
REGGIE WATTS: I'm going to drink a lot
before I go on camera.
BETH HOYT: No.
That's not h-- h-- how-- that's not what happens.
REGGIE WATTS: That is.
I--
BETH HOYT: This is--
I just wanted to--
I was just asking if there's something
special that you do that's--
REGGIE WATTS: Why you gettin'-- now you're getting
all riled up.
BETH HOYT: I d--
I'm--
it's-- it's too late now.
REGGIE WATTS: Maybe a little-- maybe too many Jack Daniels
before you're goin' on.
BETH HOYT: I d--
I-- let's-- first of all, I don't drink brown--
the brown stuff.
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah, OK.
Brown if it's around, that's what I always heard.
BETH HOYT: Um, if you could just--
REGGIE WATTS: You know what?
I'm going to grab my stuff.
BETH HOYT: I--
REGGIE WATTS: Because--
BETH HOYT: I'm sorry, you guys.
REGGIE WATTS: This has gotten to a horrible point, and I
don't like it.
BETH HOYT: The show is live, and I just--
REGGIE WATTS: I don't like it.
BETH HOYT: I--
I--
I said there's, like, a few things you can not bring up,
and it's, you know--
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah, well--
BETH HOYT: Like everything you just brought up.
REGGIE WATTS: Well, first of all, it's not live.
OK?
Because there is a two millisecond delay.
So stop lying about that.
BETH HOYT: You're-- the little details you go into all the
time to just like make me seem wrong?
That's what gets me.
REGGIE WATTS: Hey, it's not--
BETH HOYT: That's what really gets me.
REGGIE WATTS: You know what?
Sometimes, you know, life's hard.
You know?
Sometimes you need to kick back and relax and listen to a
little yodeling.
You know?
You know what I'm saying?
BETH HOYT: That's--
I'm-- that's what you've been-- you've been saying
that, and you say that all the time.
REGGIE WATTS: I do say it all the time because
that's what I say.
That's what I'm hired to say.
BETH HOYT: OK.
REGGIE WATTS: OK?
So here.
BETH HOYT: I wish you didn't always just--
REGGIE WATTS: Yeah, well, I wish I just didn't--
BETH HOYT: [INAUDIBLE]
REGGIE WATTS: Wish I didn't do stuff just like you said too.
But listen.
This is a song.
Check one two, check one two.
Check one two.
OK here we go.
[MUSIC - REGGIE WATTS FREESTYLE]
BETH HOYT: I just--
I mean, I don't know if we went too far w--

I don't know if this is going to work this time.

That's a good start.

Thanks Reggie.

Reggie Watts, everybody.