As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of Ron Bennington’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we went back to 2010, to grab this amazing Unmasked with Reggie Watts.
The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with a brilliant hour with Patrice O’Neal has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Paul Feig, Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, Brian Regan, and over 150 more comedy greats.
Back in 2010 Ron Bennington sat down with Reggie Watts in front of a live audience in the infamous Fishbowl studio at SiriusXM in New York City. In 2010, Watts had already made a name for himself in the comedy world, but was just emerging as a major star. He had just recorded his first solo EP, had already released a special, and appeared on Late Night when Jimmy Fallon was still hosting. Just before this episode was recorded, Watts was getting buzz off the release of the music video for Fuck Shit Stack. He was also touring with Conan, who had just left the Tonight Show.
This hour of Unmasked is a real stand out episode. You will get to hear Watts talk about creativity, and Reggie’s brand of creativity is nothing like anyone else’s. He is on another plane, creatively, and talks about how sacred point of view is, and the jazz-like nature of his brand of comedy. The conversation flows in and out of silliness and true genius. But most of all, we love this Unmasked because you get to hear Watts create an original song on the spot using his now infamous looping technique and his iPhone.
Since 2010, Watts has continued to stand out as one of the most creative people in comedy. In 2012, he joined Comedy Bang! Bang! and he’s now the bandleader for James Corden’s Late Late Show. One of our favorite episodes for its deep dive into creativity and it is a blast to listen to. It’s a perfect accompaniment to Watts’ brand new Netflix special, “Spatial.”
Recorded on September 10, 2010 in New York City, it’s our privilege to present Unmasked, from the Archives, with Reggie Watts and Ron Bennington.
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