Reggie Watts (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

‘Imagine,’ says Reggie Watts a few minutes into his set, ‘that you’re a wizard living in a coastal town.’ A fair summary of the superbly tangential tone of the musician/funnyman’s set, this will by no means be the last time the fantastical collides with the conventional during the next hour. Stand-up, video clips and skits are all in there while the musical numbers certainly show off his soulful croon and beatboxing abilities to great effect. Although some longer songs eventually outstay their welcome, it’s the more off the cuff bits gluing everything together that reveal his talent for surreal but extremely sharp throwaway comments.

Defeating predictability is the cornerstone of comedy and Watts stays several paces ahead of the audience; equally impressive is prompting hearty chuckles for merely moving from one side of the stage to the other. As for what future audiences will be asked to conjure up in their mind’s eye is something that can only be speculated, but suffice to say that the laughs should continue to be as big as his preposterously voluminous afro. (Emma Newlands)

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 28 Aug (not 14), 11.15pm, £9.50-£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50).

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