Reggie Watts at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown

No two performances are ever the same. You’ll hear that statement said about most, if not all, performative arts. But rarely is it truer than when you take a seat in front of Reggie Watts. Comedian, musician, beat-boxer – every one of Watts’ shows is completely improvised; a stream of consciousness blur of disorientating gags and looping vocal basslines.

In 2013 Watts – who can currently be found on The Late Late Show with James Corden in a role he’s described as “a mix of Paul Shaffer and Andy Richter” – appeared here on our Royal Festival Hall stage as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown. “It's wonderful to be here,” enthused the comedian as he took to the stage. “I was invited by many people who had no power at all to have me here, and then finally the right people who actually could put me here also said ‘why don’t you do this’”

Those lucky enough to be in the hall that night were treated to a remarkable solo show that incorporated comedy, beatboxing, rapping, vocal looping and singing from a truly unique performer. And now you too can enjoy highlights from the show in this video.

Yoko Ono's Meltdown | Reggie Watts live highlights

 

The single that Yoko and I created was single-handedly the most single, monolithic, just a singular oneness that could only never be duplicated and was entirely unto itself what it was.
Reggie Watts on a single he may or may not have recorded with Yoko Ono

 

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