The inventive and deviceful musician-comedian Reggie Watts has been named the new bandleader for The Late Late Show on CBS, which will soon be taken over by James Corden as host. Tentative to Watts joining, the show’s premiere date has been pushed to March 23, 2015, as well. TV Guide writer Michael Schneider first gave word to the news via his Twitter handle.
With Watts’ ties to the various entertainment industries – whether it be loop sampling during a TED Talk or guest appearing during LCD Soundsystem’s farewell performance – his addition should aid in wrangling in performers that aren’t familiar with Corden. Between the diversity of Corden and Watts’ talents, their combination will make for a unique Late Late Show.
This isn’t Watts’ first venture as a bandleader, as he currently does so on the weekly, IFC talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! He has also been constantly touring, creating music and uploading videos under his partnership with the YouTube comedy group JASH, which also features Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera.
Watts recently performed vocals on and danced in the video “Sunshine” by Flight Facilities. Explore that and the comedy-music stylings of Watts below (especially if you are unfamiliar to his one-of-a-kind brand of song creation).