When James Corden takes the reigns as host of “The Late Late Show” next year, he will have a versatile musician and comedian at his side as Reggie Watts is set to take on the role of band leader. Watts should feel right at home in his new position as he is currently the co-host and bandleader of the popular IFC late-night show “Comedy Bang! Bang!” with Scott Aukerman.
Aukerman took to Twitter to congratulate his friend on his new gig and to update “Comedy Bang! Bang!” fans on what that means for the IFC show. “Congrats to my friend @reggiewatts for his transformation from fake bandleader into real one, in the talk show equivalent of Pinocchio,” he tweeted. “Reggie is sticking around thru the first half of 2015, during which we have planned a very fitting goodbye for him.” Season four of “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” which is set to contain 40 episodes, will premiere on IFC next month.
Watts first gained national attention back in 2010 when he was tapped as Conan O'Brien's supporting act on his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. He quickly collected a rabid fan base who appreciated his uniquely subversive and unpredictable style of comedy. Though Watts has an incredible sense of humor, perhaps the most impressive thing about him as an artist is his ability to improvise music using his powerful vocals and a looping machine.
In 2012, Watts joined forces with Sarah Silverman, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and Michael Cera to create the original comedy collective JASH on YouTube. There, fans can enjoy the brilliance of Watts' video series “Teach,” in which he plays a sophisticated professor who confuses and engages his students with creative learning. He has also written several theme songs for shows like “Penelope Princess of Pets” and “Key and Peele.”
The start date for “The Late Late Show” was pushed back from March 9 to March 23, so that CBS can utilize March Madness to promote Corden to the American audience. There is no word yet if Watts will be bringing his delightfully unsettling and genius segment “Reggie Makes Music” to his new position, but we will be keeping our fingers crossed.
Reggie Watts will be performing in Detroit on Dec. 19 and in New York City, along with Janeane Garofalo and more, on Jan. 5. Tune into IFC on Jan. 9 to catch the debut of the new season of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and check out CBS on March 23 to watch the premiere of “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
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