Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned vocal artist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian who wows audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised. Using his formidable voice, looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Reggie blends and blurs the lines between music and comedy. As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American Prohibited From Being Funny on Television tour. At the invitation of Jack White, Reggie recorded Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records, now available in limited edition vinyl. Reggie has performed sold out headlining tours in the US and Europe, performed sets at Bonnaroo, SXSW, Bumbershoot and more.
He recorded his facinatingly sublime original score to the Ridley Scott film Legend to a sold out house at SF Sketchfest and made the soundtrack available for free download online. He is a founding member of JASH.com which launched Spring 2013 with fellow founders Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman and Tim and Eric. As a musician, Reggie can be seen as musical co-hort in the IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang! and in his many Reggie Makes Music videos.
Reggie also sang on Regina Spektor’s Dance Anthem of the 80s and toured Europe with her, toured the US with DEVO, was featured in Hot Chip’s Night and Day video and recorded an original session for the Daytrotter series. As the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band released five albums. Reggie composed original music for Louie on FX and performed the theme song for Comedy Bang! Bang! On screen, Reggie can currently been seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as in the IFC series Comedy Bang!
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Marijuana at the movies
Don’t look to Hollywood history for a nuanced depiction of the average marijuana user. Seth Rogen reigns as the current king of stoner comedies, though he owes his success to the trails blazed by Cheech & Chong, Bill & Ted, Harold & Kumar, and those poor, poor teenagers infected with reefer madness generations ago. Memorable marijuana use in cinema rarely crosses into heavy drama. Dopeheads on film may act, well, dopey, but many users and non-users alike remember them because they’re bigger than life, and their humor transcends the stoner stereotype. In many ways, the expanded legalization of marijuana and ease of access may fly in the face of weed’s anti-establishment roots, meaning the golden age of ‘stoner comedies’ may actually be waning.
Rogen still makes room for pot in most of his movies, but the stories themselves are becoming more about growing up and being responsible Marijuana still matters, just not as much as, say, taking care of family. Writer/director Kevin Smith created a memorable duo of stoner heroes: Jay and Silent Bob. While the director now proudly touts his own regular marijuana use, the movies lack the punch and basic cohesiveness of even his laziest Jay and Bob bits. Rogen’s cannabis indoctrination of Hollywood works mostly because the comedian manages to make consistent films. Rogen may be the figurehead of the stoner film genre, but he’s ushering in an era where the genre fits more comfortably in the broader comedic landscape.
As marijuana continues its rise to the mainstream, there may be less need for lovable, anti-establishment stoner heroes. So long as the Dude abides, movies will always welcome them for the occasional shenanigans.
Thoughts From A Daily Marijuana Smoker
People have been turning to marijuana throughout history for a number of different reasons. Despite legalization efforts and the mainstreaming of marijuana use in America, there is still a prevalent negative perception of its users. The typical stoner stereotypes of lazy, shiftless, irresponsible individuals immediately come to mind for many people, with others viewing users as drug addicts and even as criminals. Proponents are fighting back against this unfair perception citing the very beneficial aspects of marijuana especially when compared to substances like alcohol. Despite how destructive it can be, most people won’t bat an eye if they hear that someone drinks every day to calm down and relax.
If the same person said that they smoked marijuana everyday for the same reasons, like the essay’s author confesses that they do, it could prove to be both socially and professionally problematic. Be sure to follow the link below for the author’s full essay on marijuana’s positive effects on their life! I moved to Northern California when I was 18 and was plunged into the world of marijuana. I have dealt with anxiety and OCD for most of my life, and I found it really quelled any stresses I was managing. In her learnings, she had encountered a lot of studies that had shown weed in moderate amounts was helping people sleep better, reduce anxiety, and even have better sex.
I decided to try smoking a bit of weed before bed, and within days, it completely transformed my life. Before I started smoking weed, I would sometimes lie in bed until 3 a.m. just going over everything I had to do the next day and not getting any rest.