Member Spotlight: Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts, known for his improvised musical sets created using only his voice, a keyboard, and a looping machine, refers to himself as a “disinformationist” who aims to disorient his audience in a comedic fashion.

He utilizes improvisation in his solo shows, which consist of him singing and rapping both with words and with sound poetry, accompanying himself by either beatboxing, performing vocal basslines into a loop machine, or simply by playing the keyboard. His act also showcases his trademark style of stand-up comedy, consisting of him rapidly alternating between topics of discussion in both rational and nonsensical manners, making random sounds and gibberish noises, and speaking in other accents and languages at unexpected times, all with the intent of playfully and comically disorienting his audiences.

Reggie was the regular house musician on the spoof IFC talkshow “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and for eight years led the house band for “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which aired its final episode on April 28.

Thank you, Reggie Watts and MELISSA!

The Executive Board of AFM Local 47 hereby extends its appreciation and commendation to the members of Melissa, formerly known as Karen. Local 47 members Reggie Watts, Hagar Ben-Ari, Guillermo E. Brown, Steve Scalfati, and Tim Young have demonstrated brilliant musical artistry as the house band for “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” since its beginning in 2015 through its conclusion in 2023.

We thank you for your membership, your participation and your musical gift to the world throughout this long run.

With admiration and appreciation,
The AFM Local 47 Executive Board