Reggie Watts | Lakeshore Theater | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader
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When: Jan. 9-10 2009
Price: $15
Using a Line 6 DL4, which samples and creates sound effects, Reggie Watts orchestrates one of the most bizarre "comedy" acts you'll ever see. Born in Germany to a French mother and African-American father Watts grew up in Montana, playing piano and violin before moving to Seattle to study jazz. Later he fronted the neosoul bands Maktub and Soulive. As a comedian he often randomly morphs into accents and foreign languages and improvises monologues that turn on words with multiple meanings, finally arriving, usually illogically, at setups for new bits: "This is a song I wrote about a tiny, tiny robot that used to pull on my scrotum at night . . . because that's what I programmed it to do." Long sonic stretches start with beatboxing and scatting, which he loops before vocalizing other layers until he's programming and singing absurd, amusing songs that sound like a turntablist's violent digital regurgitation, complete with beeps, cuts, and scratches. In the end his form, whatever it is, can test your patience (he calls himself a "disinformationist"), but for the indulgent and uninitiated his show is a fascinating, inimitable spectacle. --Ryan Hubbard



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