Moby Paints Shirtless with The Shirtless Painter
This episode The Shirtless Painter is joined by the amazing musician, beatboxer, and comedian Reggie Watts. Together they paint an exquisite celebration, proving once again that anyone can paint and anyone can paint anything!
- December 12, 2017
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December 12, 2017
(upbeat silly music)
- Hello and welcome to another episode of yep,
you guessed it, The Shirtless Painter.
Anyone can paint, and anyone can paint anything,
including my very special guest,
my good friend and fellow artist,
Mr. Reggie Watts.
Reggie thank you so much for joining us today
and exquisite guest like this calls for
an exquisite painting.
And today, Reggie and I are going to be collaborating
on a painting that we call Exquisite Celebration.
We invite you to take off your shirt
and paint along with us.
We'll be flashing some of the colors on screen.
Let's jump right in.
When you think of celebration,
what's the first thing that comes to mind?
- I guess the song.
- Kool & The Gang, right?
- Yeah, I'm glad he had that gang.
They were very celebratory.
I mean their music was just a constant celebration.
- Well I think the more the merrier at a celebration,
so I'm gonna of ahead and add just a bit of a gang here.
Not a violent gang, but a group.
- I love the texture of this canvas.
I've never used canvas before.
- Doesn't get much fresher than this.
- No it's just got a nice like,
it's kind of rough, but like satisfying to touch.
Yeah it's like ...
That's pretty good.
- Our gang is gonna be represented by just sort
of different colored dots right now.
Just see where that goes.
See where that goes.
Reggie I know you are heavily involved in music
and comedy of course.
What is your relationship to visual arts?
- The visual arts.
Yeah you know it's funny.
I was always a drawer.
Drawer. When I was a kid.
And I went to, I took art classes.
And I got into AP art in high school.
- Thank you. It was really fun,
but I was kind of like I stopped at lithography.
Most people do.
- I do know, but just to confirm,
lithography is sort of a form of print making?
- It starts with a stone.
I forget the type of stone it is.
You draw on it,
and then you use acid,
which then etches into what you've drawn.
I'm not sure if it's the negative or the positive.
This is a long time ago.
I was in high school, so like seven years ago.
But like yeah and then you would see the positive
of the image.
And so it's a form of print making.
It might be a pretty old form,
cause it looks old.
- Some day we'll rent some of that gear
and do it on the show.
- Oh my gosh.
- And you're welcome to come lithog with us.
- Yeah. Some liths.
You know what would be good to get, John Lithgow.
- Oh, sort of the original lithographer.
- Yes, he is. Yes.
I commented on this earlier, off-camera,
so I'm gonna include it inside of the camera.
I hate paints because I just want to eat them.
- This is a problem that I run into all the time,
- I mean look at that.
It's just like -
- They look like the nice thick sort of candy
that you could just eat.
But they don't taste as good as they look,
and I have learned that the hard way.
- Oh, well.
- And then forgotten and learned again.
- I learned back in the day with Play-Doh.
- Play-Doh has the added pitfall of it smells good.
- I know.
- It smells kind of good.
So the look, plus the smell,
equals you're gonna of course try a bite.
- You gotta try a bite.
I mean it's not toxic, it's just not good.
Did Play-Doh ever play off like,
do they ever have like a ...
Play-Doh republic, Plato's Republic.
- I think the little boy on the cover.
What do you call it.
I think, is he sort of dressed like Plato a little bit?
- I think he is.
- I think there's some sort of subtle nod to
- Yeah you're right, they had to have known.
- Yeah they knew what they were doing.
- We got you guys.
- Nice one. Nice try.
- Yeah we were born at night,
but not last night, okay?
I assume Reggie you were born at night.
- I was born at night in the morning.
- Mornings are sort of the original night.
- Mornings are yeah, mornings are the OG night.
Remember Michael Knight?
- I don't know if I do.
- That might have been after your time.
He was a character in a show called Knight Rider.
- Oh I remember Knight Rider, of course,
and I guess I should have assumed that.
I knew his name was Micheal,
and I think is makes perfect sense that his last name
- Yeah he worked for Knight Industries.
- And then you had Mr. Feeny in the car telling him
what to do. Soul of the car.
- Was that the voice of the car?
- I believe it was Mr. Feeny.
Guys do we have any, anybody got Mr. Feeny's IMDB page?
- All right.
We don't wanna spread rumors but.
- There's nothing like a confirmation that says
that's what I heard.
- Yeah. So you heard it here first folks.
James Gandalf Feeny played the car in Knight Rider.
Check that out.
- All right P.
- Since this is a celebration,
we do sort of have a table of party favors here.
As you can see.
So one of those is a nice bowl
of letters and numbers and stuff.
- Oh shit, okay.
- If you feel compelled to ...
- I'm about to get compelled.
Put this in here just cause you need a little bit
of, a little bit of Caucasian.
Just right in the middle there.
- A bit there.
Just a little bit there.
- And if you don't have Caucasian color at home,
you can mix a little bit of white boy white
with white girl white.
- The cool thing about painting
is it's pretty gender neutral
- Yeah it doesn't matter what kind of genitals you have.
- I mean you see cats painting, horses, apes.
Yeah, so it's all gender neutral.
- Okay so I'm just adding a little A here.
- Yes sort of a little Fonzi reference.
- Sound off in the comments if you remember the Fonz.
Probably after your time, but it's coming.
- Check it out.
- All right.
When did you start doing music?
- Well with music we're looking at
I used to goof around because I was a big fan of Elvis.
James Brown, and Ray Charles.
So I used to mimic Ray Charles as a little kid.
I was like two or three.
So I kind of rock around
and like look like Ray Charles.
And then my mom noticed that
and then I guess when I was four, or three,
I got a toy piano.
I used to play on the toy piano a lot.
And then when we moved to Montana from Europe,
I guess I asked for piano lessons.
Classical piano. And I took that for like
unitl I was age 16?
And then I also took classical violin for eight years.
In the school system,
because our school system actually had money
at the time the government cared about the arts,
so that was really sweet.
- Yeah that was a cool period.
- Yeah it was a cool period.
It was like oh yeah we value that.
So I guess I've always been doing music
in some form or another.
- I've always been in love with it.
- That's very interesting,
because I feel like you see a lot of depictions
of piano, well take piano lessons,
in popular culture it's sort of depicted as this pain
that kids don't wanna do.
But you were interested in doing it,
and you asked your parents if you could do it,
and I would say that it probably paid off for you, right?
- Oh yeah.
It definitely it got me where I am today.
I mean I definitely will say,
I understand that thinking,
because I wasn't always excited about rehearsing.
I had to practice a lot at home,
and sometimes I felt like giving up,
but you know that's where I discovered I like
Unlike this show, which is scripted.
- Tightly scripted.
- I had some moments where I just kind of gave up
and then when I would give up I started drifting
on my own. Doing my own things.
- So that's where the magic happens.
Just when you're about to give up,
keep going and you might find something interesting.
So I'm very grateful for that.
Cause man I tell you music is pretty cool.
- You know I'm a big fan of painting as you can see,
but music is pretty much up there for me.
- Yeah. They're related, you know?
They're all related.
It's all working with frequencies.
I mean it depends on how often you do it, right?
- For me it's high frequency.
- Yeah man, all the way.
- Sonicare toothbrush.
- Yep. Brought to you by Sonicare.
- Just wanna give a shout out to our good friends
at Sonicare, we love what you do,
and hope you keep doing it for years to come.
So I'm just making sort of a little box here.
- Oh wow that is so cool.
- It's got corners but it almost looks like
it could be inside your body or something.
- It's so good.
- Sort of an organ or something.
- Yeah definitely.
- Now is this the Fibonacci sequence?
Am I saying that right?
- Yeah, I think it could be.
It could be that sequence.
- Could be any number of sequence.
- There's a lot of sequences
but I think you're onto something there.
And it's also kind of like the Netherlands Air Force,
but kind of like different colors.
- Oh okay.
- And that's the truth.
- That's the (truth pronounced with Dutch accent)
I'm excited to paint because I've never painted before.
- Oh really?
So you were always a drawer or a draftsman?
- Yeah I was always like the old HB lead pencil.
- Love HB.
- It's a good one.
- I really will say that's my favorite density of lead.
And I'm not even messing around.
- No I'm glad to hear that because I just tried all of them
and HB it's soft when you want it to be soft,
and you can control how much lead density you want
on that paper.
- It's sort of the universal donor of pencil tip,
or pencil lead.
I was a huge fan.
So I did a lot of work with that.
When I was drawing the most.
But then I kind of stopped.
I mean this will be my first official piece of art
with an actual artist.
A visual artist ever.
- Thank you so much.
- This is my first time. Thank you.
I like to complete a piece, you know,
it's like that feeling where you're like oh I finished it.
Like it's done. Here's the piece.
I haven't had that feeling in a long time.
I have little scribblings and snorflings
and griffles and all the art shit.
- Norfies, yeah. And the klerbs.
Yeah so I haven't had one of those in a long time.
But I do miss it,
and so when I heard about this show,
I was watching HBO and they were advertising this show,
and I was like I wanna do that.
So it's great to have an offer.
- Well HBO increased our budget to 70 million this year,
so we were able to afford Reggie,
we were able to afford some of these new materials here.
- So cool.
- And you know, we're just trying to do the same thing
but better. Over at HBO.
- Shout out to HBO.
- Some of the best streaming content available
in my opinion on TV.
Except it's not TV. It's HBO.
- Yeah that's right.
You were so good at that.
When I was working for HBO for a long time,
and I was like,
why do you have to have a box office in your house?
- Because I literally would set up a box office.
Like so if my friends came over to watch TV or whatever,
they would like come by and I would say,
oh you can't go downstairs without paying.
- Get your ticket,
- And that's what I thought it was and then I realized
oh it's just a channel.
I don't know, like I figure if I wanna go
to a movie in my house I wanna get the popcorn,
I wanna pay a person I don't understand or know.
- Right. Have someone take a little piece of paper,
rip it, give half back to you,
say go right ahead it's on the left
or the right or whatever the case may be.
- Yeah, exactly. And I don't know.
I kind of miss that.
And they never did it.
So it's kind of stupid.
You know HBO, I know we shouted you out pretty hard
a couple of minutes ago,
but I think you owe a lot of people an apology.
So but keep up the quality.
Keep up the quality programming.
- Yeah I mean I love Mark and Mindy,
and all the stuff that they've been doing.
- Wheel of Fortune has been great lately
ever since it moved.
- Thank God, now it's in some capable hands.
And JJ Abrams is producing.
- Which is so fun.
- It's just cool.
- It's very cool.
You got two Patsy Jacks now which is very cool.
- Two pack say Jack.
- Can you imagine what those two guys would look like
if they got together?
- Yeah remember that?
- We'll see if we can get our graphics team
to mock up what Tupac Sajak might look like.
And I think you'll find it enjoyable.
- Yeah I can't wait.
At some point these are gonna converge,
I have a weird feeling.
I think so too.
- ♪ (singing distorted version of "I Got a Feeling ♪
by The Black Eyed Peas)
okay so I just got a little paint on the end
of my brush here which was an accident
but I like to say on this show
there are no screw-ups, only pleasant woopsies.
So this I just decided to sort of use this as the front.
- Eminem's front, right?
Oh we got ink too.
- Yeah, I was actually gonna ...
- Sometimes things just line up.
It's like when you get a bunch of metronomes
in a room.
- And they eventually all start to sync up.
- Oh that's right, that's true.
- Did you ever see those videos of that?
- I love that idea.
Of the probability of everything eventually syncs up
then goes out of phase again.
But hey, let's phase it.
- That's life.
- Phase the nation.
- Let's phase it, that's life.
Oh that's good. I love it.
It's real dark.
- You can kind of do a lot with this.
I think any fun celebration would probably
have you at it, Reggie.
So I'm just gonna like really quick.
Do a little ...
- Holy shit.
Well you know what,
I'm gonna try to do a quick one of you.
Just on the corner.
By the way, this has nothing to do
with what we're working on.
This is just extra.
- Oh right, yeah, every canvas comes
with sort of what's called filler space.
So feel free to use that for whatever side project
you wanna be working on.
- I'm just gonna kind of.
Just do this, just to make it clearer.
- Oh right, sort of an in picture in picture.
- Yes. Picture in picture.
Picture in picture.
- Picture in picture.
- I'm even gonna go, I'm so detailed about this
and a little bit OCD,
I'm gonna actually continue this beyond the painting.
- Oh yeah, right.
- So it's a little three dimensional ...
- People at the gallery will appreciate that.
- Yeah, so they're like, oh here's a treat for us.
- This almost looks like,
I don't know if you're familiar with those cups
that you get sort of at the mall for soda.
- Oh yes. Someone had to design that.
- I actually did research this at one point,
and it's a woman whose still living.
She designed the,
it's called Jazz.
That's the name of the pattern. Jazz.
- Oh Jazz? Yeah. It feels like Jazz.
Cause you look at and you're like whoa that's just
That kind of thing.
- Which is what I think of when I think of jazz.
- Yeah, absolutely.
See now I have my extra space here.
Maybe this could be a good place to kind of do the
- Oh yeah totally.
Like little collage.
Like a collage a scope.
- Ah. Feels like apple or somebody should be working.
Instead of focusing on iPhones every year,
make a collage a scope.
- Yeah collage a scope would be so cool.
Ink to the Fibonacci sequence.
- Yeah get that sequence in there.
- Reggie I'm just gonna ask you a few questions.
- My first question is,
who's your favorite artist across all mediums?
Even though I'm obviously a heavy entertainer,
but definitely an artist,
I'm gonna have to go with Prince.
- Hm. That's a great choice.
- Because he did so much so well.
- And he looked cool doing it.
- Looked so cool.
- He incorporates ...
- I would say Prince is in the realm of visual arts as well.
Based on his videos, his look, just his self.
He's sort of a living painting.
- Exactly, yeah.
That's I could go in Andy Warhol, those types of people.
And the philosophical artists.
But really someone who just kind of was creating
prolifically through a lot of mediums.
- And for a lot of people.
Because I feel like sadly enough,
a lot of people turned off by what they perceive
as art. Capital A Art.
- But Prince kind of snuck the art in there.
Trojan horse man.
- Trojan horsed it.
A little medicine in the apple sauce.
Now I really like what's going on over here.
- This is you.
And I think yeah, it's like,
and that's about as good as I can get.
I'll put in like some obviously like a dresser behind here.
- Oh nice.
- Yeah just like three dimensional dresser.
- Wow this is maybe the most dignified that I've ever looked
and I own a dresser?
I mean what am I, a millionaire?
- Thanks for joining us.
- Thanks for joining us.
- Just in general.
- Yeah, you don't have to say that at the end.
We thank you for joining us.
- Thank you.
- Thank you for watching the show thus far.
It's not over.
Don't worry. But thank you.
- Thanks so much guys.
We'll be right here, right now.
- This next question is a little personal.
- I could feel that.
- But the X-Files. Cool or sick?
Take your time.
God damn it.
- That is correct.
- Oh yeah.
- Do you believe that anyone can do art,
and if yes, I agree.
- Then I have to say yes.
I mean everybody is constantly creating everyday.
Make a cup of tea, you're creating.
You're piloting this bio-molecular
consciousness transport system.
- You might be creating.
- You might be creating if.
- You know what I'm saying?
- You ever given yourself a haircut?
- You might be creating.
- Or is that destroying?
- But is that the same thing?
- I just wanted to add a little bit of more detail.
- RT. Please RT.
- It's art.
- Yeah, A starts with ...
There's the A.
- Oh shit.
- I was gonna say A isn't even necessary
when you're saying art,
but we got one just in case.
Oh I heard you guys were working on a new show.
Cause when I came into the studio,
I saw that you had a mouse.
- Oh, yes, this is a new project.
- A new project immobile mouse.
- It's still sort of I production right now
but it's called immobile mouse,
it's about a mouse who lives here in the studio,
sort of a spin off show.
The mouse can talk,
he's kind of sassy, he's got attitude.
But he can't move.
So it's a lot of like hey,
watch where you're going pal.
And stuff like that.
So, oh there he is now.
- I got him right here.
- So this is our little guy.
Our immobile mouse.
As you can see. And he's happy to be here.
And what's that immobile mouse?
- Oh yeah, okay.
Talk to me when you're mobile.
So anyway, keep an eye out for that show.
That's coming up on HBO actually.
- Yeah. Oh we've got this tape which is cool.
- Oh yeah.
- This is tape that's generally used by gaffers.
You know growing up my favorite cartoon character
- Oh right, I thought you were gonna say Gaffy,
the comic strip.
- Oh Gaffy was really good too though.
- And she's always like gaf when things go wrong.
She usually has trouble taping stuff.
- Yeah, okay.
- It's relatable though.
It is relatable.
Difference between gaff tape and duck tape.
And it's duct tape, not duck tape.
- Put that in your cloaca duck.
- Yeah. What?
- You know like ducks have cloacas.
- Sorry I didn't know that.
I thought you were talking about Chloe
- Oh God I would never say that about her.
She's very cool.
- Have you seen her Instagram?
- She has a great Instagram.
- It's so good.
- Okay so here's a piece of tape here.
- Oh here we go.
- I don't know, what do you think,
does it need another one
or is it too ...
- What do you think at home?
Should we put another face on here?
- Okay they said no.
- All right.
But just try and stop me from putting more tape
That ain't gonna happen.
- Not even asking.
Not even asking.
- All right so I'm just gonna kind of add more over here.
- I think this stuff is good enough to go on the internet.
- Yeah I think so.
- Internet quality.
- Suitable for posting.
- You've heard of suitable for framing,
well you do the math.
Although I understand if you don't wanna do the math.
- Right. Nobody wants to do math.
- No one does.
But if you're someone who loves math,
and be like (mocking)
- I don't get enough at school.
Teacher, you forgot to give us homework.
- And I'm telling you.
And we all have to do it.
- Like just talk to your teacher after class.
- Right. And maybe they'll give you
as special assignment if you're that desperate.
- Yeah desperate, thank you.
Yeah if you're that desperate.
- It's desperate to ask the teacher please
give me math homework.
It comes off desperate.
- It does really come off desperate.
- And I know you're just a kid, but ...
- Yeah we don't wanna be too harsh on you.
- But you're gonna have to grow up at some point.
So and I really hate to come down on you like this,
because you are my nieces friend.
But and I know you're getting upset.
- We were just kidding.
- Yeah we know it's you're birthday.
So just have fun,
enjoy the party, we'll talk later.
- Go math.
- Yeah math rules.
- Go Panthers!
- Yeah go panthers!
- Love math.
- Love math.
- Once in a while I get in front of a computer
and I see a tweet, and I noticed you tweeted
something that was sort of near and dear to my heart.
I don't get mad about much stuff,
but it was just about how people don't use turn signals
when they turn, or when they're driving in their car.
- Uh huh.
- And I was just wondering if you had anything else
to say about that.
- Yeah its a huge issue for me.
Because it's like indicate.
And also don't indicate and turn at the same time.
Indicate, wait a couple seconds, then turn.
And again Josie, not to come down on you twice
on your birthday but,
- Use your turn signals.
- And happy seventh.
- Yeah happy seventh.
- Wow this is looking good.
- Yeah I'm just gonna put a little bit,
cause it needs a little bit right there.
- Oh yes.
Oh my God yes.
- So Reggie. I know you're very interested in technology
and AI and stuff like that.
What break through do you think
is really gonna spice things up for us?
- Oof. Yeah.
I would say augmented reality.
Having to wear your phone on your face
as glasses and see information floating in space
is so much better than starting at a dumb rectangle.
Cause I feel like a dumb dumb.
- Right. If I wanna stare at a rectangle,
I'll stare at one of these babies.
- OG rectangle right here.
- This is yeah.
All you younger kids,
get steal the original and best.
- The original and best and the thing that inspired it all.
- So think there's any risk of like if augmented reality
glasses sort of become the new phone,
that everyone would just be like giving each other
wedgies and stuff all the time for having glasses?
- Oh, are you kidding me?
- Calling each other four eyes and stuff.
- That's what it's for.
The thing is that we have these phones in our hands,
which doesn't allow us to give people wedgies.
Having a piece of cloth
like just uncomfortably in your buns
is really kind of one of the best aspects
of being alive.
It's just a reminder that you have an ass.
- Okay so any good celebration I think
I would invite my wife to,
so I'm gonna go ahead and add my wife.
- Oh yeah.
What's your wife's name?
- Her name is Darden.
- I am Darden.
I will be your wife.
- Yeah that's kind of what she sounds like.
When I proposed, that's what ...
- I accept.
- Yeah she accepted.
- I love you.
- So I'm gonna have my wife
she's going to be sort of a diamond kite.
- Oh diamond kites.
- She's just kind of looking down over
the celebration here.
And just making sure everyone's having fun.
- You know something that's really screwed up.
Mouse is still there.
I guess the mouse is okay, right?
The immobile mouse?
I know he's supposed to be immobile,
but, oh he just talked again.
Okay. Yeah he's okay.
That's kind of one of the main sort of situations
in this situation comedy is that people think he's a dead
mouse, but he's alive, he's just immobile.
- It's not television.
- so I'm just gonna add my wife's eyelashes here.
- So one thing someone told me before doing this gig
cause I asked like seven people who have been on the show
should I do it.
And they're talking about that your eyelash work
is like insane.
- Oh that's so nice. I mean thank you.
- Yeah no problem.
I big friends with Paula Pamstone
and she was talking about when she did the show
that it was just like ...
- Oh Paula mentioned me.
- Yeah that's a big deal because she doesn't
she makes a point of not talking about people.
- I'm of the Ms. Pacman school of eyelashes.
I sort of do like a little crescent smile shape
and just some lines kind of coming out from that.
- It's just good cause it's like you really feel
there's a lot of caring and a warm empathy.
I just love that.
It says a lot about a painter.
I remember Judy Tanuda was talking about
being on the show and she was saying that
she also loved your eyelash.
- oh my God coming from her, that is huge actually.
- Yeah, I know.
- And she and I haven't been talking recently,
but to hear that.
- Oh why is it?
- Well there's this whole situation with,
Judy I'm sorry to bring this up,
but there was a situation where she had a pie cooling
on her windowsill.
And people say that I took the pie and ate it.
- Did you?
- I did yes.
Judy I took the pie,
I'm really sorry. It smelled so good.
And I will get you another one.
If I have to bake it myself.
I will get you another pie.
So I'm sorry Judy.
- He's a good man Judy.
- And the pie was great.
I mean for whatever that's worth.
Judy Judy Judy.
- Judy Judy Judy.
That's from a beach car named desire?
- That was that beach boys album.
- Yeah that's right.
- It was sort of parody album.
- Yeah it was a parody for.
- They made it like beach boys style.
- That movie was so successful
and like it was so nice of the beach boys.
- Kind of took it down.
They had it too easy for too long.
- Yeah, totally.
- Okay so I'm just gonna.
- Okay well I feel great about what we've accomplished
How do you feel Reggie?
- It looks really good.
If you're feeling ready we could cap things off
by signing it.
Oh I'd love that.
I'd love that.
Let me get a signature brush.
- Okay so let's see.
Where can we put this?
Oh shit this is hard.
It's hard to sign.
- Sucks being left handed.
- Being right handed really sucks too.
- I fucking hate signing shit.
- It's just being so weird.
- I know.
Usually it's fine, and it's just today I'm in a.
- This thing is definitely ...
- It's happening for me too.
- Oh man.
- Jesus Christ.
- I just wanna thank my guest so much,
Reggie thank you so much for painting with me today.
It was a true pleasure.
I think this definitely feels like an exquisite celebration.
And I invite all of you to have and exquisite celebration
of your own.
Take off your shirt and paint with us,
and check out Reggie doing stuff
pretty much all over the world.
Doing music, doing art, doing comedy.
He covers it all, and that's why he's wearing coveralls.
- That's funny.
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on the shirtless painter,
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