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Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way

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http://www.ted.com Reggie Watts' beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate If you have questions or comments about this or other TED videos, please go to http://support.ted.com
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Philipp (1 day ago)
Anyone ever listened to the first song at 1.25 speed? It's almost a new song... And equally amazing.
TrekInBos (2 days ago)
What is the music instrument called?
Michael Borg (4 days ago)
Did anyone record the lyrics?
RegularRaccoon (5 days ago)
The French he was speaking at the start was utter jibberish as well. This guy is brilliant I love him
dudefish (6 days ago)
What is the first language he is speaking?
Camino04 (6 days ago)
I hope TED has translators or people who do sign language for the talks. I would love to see them try and translate this one xD Their audience must be like: "This guy is nuts!"
whaleronthemoon (6 days ago)
I'm still processing this, my brain is hypnotised
Hal Paris (9 days ago)
Huh? Wha? i ah, Huh? Oh wait, never mind but Duruh.....like, oh forget it..........
Yuyuo Hotkit (10 days ago)
Name song, 3.10 ?? Plase!!
rory lanway (12 days ago)
James Harden can really sing
Joshua Ferguson (12 days ago)
The black English ascent
Dobry Kolacz (12 days ago)
I didnt get it at first because I had to pause and rewind, then I turned captions on. Then I oofed
Mikael Lewis (12 days ago)
GuyFoxHimself (13 days ago)
My question is.. how real is all of this? How much was just acting???
GuyFoxHimself (11 days ago)
+Elijah Pinkerton he wasn't actually controlling the music thing
Elijah Pinkerton (11 days ago)
2:44 "and im trolling you". The whole thing is an act.
John Smith (14 days ago)
I never knew such artistry exists...mind blown. Thank you!
Kenny Lee (14 days ago)
if a DMT trip was a human being
Joshua Ratliff (14 days ago)
This dude is on another level. Yes, in a way, it’s improvised gibberish to some, however, he went so far into so many things. I think and write in a similar manner. Never practiced flowing to this degree in a live “improvised” setting, but he’s so good because he drops his truths through redundant, almost nonsensical wording. It’s funny to read the comments of those who got it, those who didn’t, and those that liked it and imagined to know what he said. If you added enough commas, perentheses, colons, semi colons and brackets to the words, his prose is dope! People like to hear things in order: 1,2,3,4... a,b,c,d.... the problem with the irrational mind is that it connects 1 to countless things, as well as 2, 3, and 4. Just because things are out of order or spoken in a web versus a line, doesn’t mean that it’s nonsense or just some improvisational drivel. His artistry and what makes him standout to me was his ability to sound irrational because of the connections and wording while simutaeously dropping bombs. The number of things that he dropped and spoke on is impressive. He wove them into an awesome piece of art and if it was “improvised”,that’s even more impressive. The irrational mind is insanely powerful and is hard for the rational mind to unpack. This guy is obviously (un)fairly balanced and incredibly fast. Keep pushing yourself, bro (as if you’d see this). If you didn’t get it, you might want to keep pushing yourself, also.
samuel mccollam (14 days ago)
I would like to see his script to know what that heck i just spent 10 minutes watching
M65 F (14 days ago)
Last song is about potatoes and pants 🤣
Elis Regina (14 days ago)
his british accent is like if jonathan ross could pronounce his r's
Kave Kaviani (14 days ago)
Well guys here is a real artist high! Real high!!! 😅
Kave Kaviani (14 days ago)
Wow his spanish
UFO SHILL (16 days ago)
Joe Milillo (17 days ago)
What if.... and you never get to know what I'm thinking of in your mouth or how much I love your mother in law says she was in a minute of silence for a few days in a hurry and then we got a little more of it in the middle and I dont have a good night?
Perpetual Peter (18 days ago)
Ohh this was a TED talk, I thought it was the Ross Geller tribute band, that was a confusingly fun afternoon.
Brothers with Banter (19 days ago)
I'm going to listen to the beat box section some day, while smoking weed, with a hella strong high, it, will, be, great.
Edwin Wilson (20 days ago)
my head hurts..
BD30 (20 days ago)
Absolute mad lad
YugiohOfficial (20 days ago)
I’m an instrumentalist/musician and this is actually quite impressive and the sound is phenomenal
PBR bear (21 days ago)
The audience is dead.
Munin Raven (22 days ago)
Genie bottle three wishes thing... 1. Good health 2. Find true happiness 3. A ongoing collaboration project emerges that involves Reggie Watts, cLOUDEAD, Busdriver, Boards of Canada, and Captain Beefheart! (kinda refers back to #2)
Ashden Gibson (22 days ago)
Reggie watts immitating alan watts is gold
Ievgen Ishchuk (22 days ago)
What a waste of time
dhananjay pathak (25 days ago)
Its always a breath of fresh air whenever i visit it.and i need fresh air almost daily thrice
Bigg Rigg (28 days ago)
i love this, he just takes your mind on roller coaster ahah
Demian Hobby (28 days ago)
the laugh at 1:06 . its the sound of realisation - that someone else out there also sees the utter absurdity of everything.
Gord Oxley (1 month ago)
Reggie Watts is the best! Very cool and fun presentation.
Sigurður Ólafsson (1 month ago)
Damn I needed this today. Hands down the best Ted talk of all times. True genius
connor adcock (1 month ago)
This is tied with Sam Hyde's as the greatest Ted talk ever
ascending deity (1 month ago)
Je souhaite que plus de gens puissent parler comme ça The linguistic transition is mesmerizing 楽しい
Cardinal (1 month ago)
8:49 Me trying to understand this.
Cardinal (1 month ago)
Yeah, he smoked something real new
Jeffrey Ottinger (1 month ago)
I wish I had the ability to talk in circles like that.
James Thomas (1 month ago)
All I understood - is that I want more
Gary Oldman (1 month ago)
1:04 I love that, at this point in the performance, only a few people knew what Reggie was doing. Everybody else is still confused af.
shmosel (1 month ago)
The bit about the infinite plane almost made sense.
Jenni T (1 month ago)
It’s not none sense people, he is low-key speaking facts.
Jeff Woolley (1 month ago)
2018? Also, anyone else high?
Michelle Chini (1 month ago)
A man after my own heart.
Mr_funny_beans (1 month ago)
I am confusion
tvMisha (1 month ago)
Erdoğan Hoca'ya selamlar
Hudson Haverford (1 month ago)
A true showman in every sense of the word!
Oskales The First (1 month ago)
George Orwell's 'Politics and the English Language' anyone?
Itsiwhatitsi (1 month ago)
Now I want an Eric Andre Ted Talk
Sky Waterer (1 month ago)
The crazy thing is I watched this again high and it made total sense but for the life of me, I can't remember what he was trying to tell me.
God (6 days ago)
Then you were coming to your own conclusions--it's a satire. He's meant to be bullshitting.
Einaras Juodelis (1 month ago)
Reggie has a voice box rivaling otis redding and Ray charles. Amazing
Waitu Gou (1 month ago)
Love you Reggie!
RadicalEdward37 (1 month ago)
Is there a formal title for the first song he did or is it all just improvisation?
Joshua Horwitz (19 days ago)
RadicalEdward37 his music is all improvised. I’m sure he has an idea of what he’ll do (in terms of BPM and rhythm) but other than that he just jams with whatever comes into his head first.
Sugar MapleWings (1 month ago)
its almost three in the morning. i cant remember the last time i ate. my brain cant hold on to these words. i think he told me the secret to existing, but i cant remember.
Kojii Naz (1 month ago)
After only a few minutes of watching RW, he's become one of my favourite comedians.
Lofi Meka (1 month ago)
hands down dope!
David de Weerdt (1 month ago)
I'd like to hear him try to perform symphonic post-apocalyptic reindeer-grinding Christ-abusing extreme war pagan Fennoscandian metal. I think he'd be every bit as good as he is here.
Leif Coffield (1 month ago)
this is the most accurate representation of what it’s like to sit in church, without the beatboxing priest
Jovannie Momo (2 months ago)
afro James harden 😂
Luigi Azura (2 months ago)
Side fumbling was effectively prevented
Mélissa Bertin (2 months ago)
How is not everybody in the crowd up and dancing?!
Alain Roy (2 months ago)
If Stephen Fry was a musician.
plasticman15505 henry (2 months ago)
my soul left my body at 5:00, and by the time it was over, I had solved all the answers to the universe, and made a youtube channel. To bad I fixed a universe somewhere else, and Im stuck in this one. Still have that youtube channel tho.
Rhett Pilcher (2 months ago)
we live in a society
Mercedes O'Madden (2 months ago)
This is the ultimate troll job. Love it!
RandomDude (2 months ago)
i'm mad that he got me to google "comporary" to see if it's real word or not
Michael DeGar (2 months ago)
"Uh.. that's French science. Here we go. " Gets me every time
Defined Horizons (2 months ago)
"large infinite plain," this guys is as crazy as every flat earther I've ever heard, but it's still entertaining.
Lucas jensen (2 months ago)
This guy might be a descendant of Sokrates himself
andreas armyrantis (2 months ago)
Genius musik troll.
ENLFRO (2 months ago)
Reggie isn't an artist. He is art.
michael Glory (2 months ago)
lol he pretty much said we draw all our life decisions and references from a bath of "knowledge" which was derived from truly not knowing anything.
God (6 days ago)
It's satire--you're drawing your own conclusions.
Brandon LaSalata (2 months ago)
anyone know what equipment hes using? thanks
jscudderz (2 months ago)
reggie is the Andy Kaufman of our day
Thomas Keyser (2 months ago)
He's a genius haha
Pankaj Ahuja (2 months ago)
My brain in the morning while I am trying to shower
Astute Observer (2 months ago)
Reggie Watts. Worst TED video seen. Listened for 1 min., 32 sec. before stopping the gibberish. Suggestions to Watts: get a haircut and shave, lose 50 lbs. and get a decent wardrobe. My impression was that Watts is just another variant of a stupid “N”egro.
God (6 days ago)
It's satire--you're an idiot.
Grape Man (2 months ago)
My English teacher just made me write a rhetorical analysis over this. I turned it in blank.
Guy Fawkes (2 months ago)
That one guy belly laughing has definitely seen Reggie before lol
Evan Griffin (2 months ago)
Come on people, less than three heads bopping in that audience??
Jamesh (2 months ago)
where can i download that song
fuckthatsonofabitch (2 months ago)
For a moment, I thought I was having a stroke, then the laughter made me realize his brilliance
tête brûlée (2 months ago)
1:37 common knowledge but important UNLESS he said? Help out with that pls:)
SoundCzech (2 months ago)
This guy is damn smart
Gigi Noelani (2 months ago)
Yo he just say the earth is flat?
Theo Sol (2 months ago)
He killed that beat boxing session.
Jasmine Houston-Burns (2 months ago)
I am kind of amazed at how many people found this to be purely nonsensical, or expect dancing. He is so brilliant that I can only listen to this with ferocious intesity and keen inspiration, marvelling at his gentle beauty. Also, this isn't a concert, are people supposed to listen to the convoluted lecture for understanding and then immediately loose their minds "bopping their heads" for the 30 seconds - a minute that he plays? This is a finely woven story and an artistic masterpiece, if you ask me (and you didn't). Not to mention (though I am, apparently) that he ends each segment abruptly, easliy, and seamlessly transitions back into telling this story. I love to dance but this makes me feel on a deep level.
Gamina Wulfsdottir (2 months ago)
Have Reggie Watts and Jack Black ever been in the same room together? ...because THAT I want to see...
Si Mon (2 months ago)
3:18 Key and Peele.
Si Mon (2 months ago)
Genius entertainer.
Birry Tang (2 months ago)
I knew I seen dis Mafuk before, din't he play Bigfoot in the Six Million Dollar Man?
Alfie C (2 months ago)
Virtus (2 months ago)
"once we understand that all the spheres in the sky are just large planes"... this is actually mostly true. A planet is a straight plane bent because of massive gravity
Elijah Manwill (2 months ago)
Reggie Watts is the kind of person you kind of make fun of in high school, but secretly wish you were him, while also secretly wishing he was your best friend
james ledford (2 months ago)
This dude is a fucking genius!!! Such a fan

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