As a Brooklyn-based solo act, Reggie Watts is a comedian who has innovated stand-up through the use of beatboxing, loops, and raps that feel consistently spontaneous, even if they aren't. The reason this works so well is that Watts is first and foremost a musician, the frontman of Seattle's venerable Maktub. Hostility has become all the rage in stand-up, but Watts relies on his profound instinct for crowd control, as well as comic timing—you know, that thing that used to be a necessity for live comedy—and impersonations as diverse as Thom Yorke and a Miami retiree. The surprise of seeing Reggie Watts for the first time is one of life's great joys, so I'll advise against checking out his new album titled, amazingly, A Live at Central Park, until after the show. REBECCA WILSON
There is no genre in which to place Reggie Watts, because no category can contain his swirling blend of improvisational comedy, music, and imagination. Watts steps on punchlines just as hard as he steps on the array of pedals that help him create the hiphop symphonies scoring his performances. BOBBY ROBERTS
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
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