Reggie Watts at First Parish Church


Great Falls, MT:
Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos,
and a Tale of Coming Home Again

in conversation with EUGENE MIRMAN


October 19, 2023
7:00 PM ET


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


$40.00 (book included) $15.00 (admission only)

Harvard Book Store welcomes musician and comedian REGGIE WATTS—former bandleader on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden and IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang! —for a discussion of his new memoir Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again. He will be joined in conversation by actor and comedian EUGENE MIRMAN.


There are two ticket options for this event. Reggie Watts will sign attendees' books after the presentation.

Book-Included Ticket: Includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again signed by the author.

Admission-Only Ticket: Includes admission for one.


About Great Falls, MT

Reggie Watts is weird. But you knew that. Anyone who’s seen his multifaceted, entirely improvised comedy and music shows knows that. Reggie Watts is also from the town of Great Falls, MT.

These two facts are not unrelated.

Watts grew up in Montana in the ‘80s, half French, half American, half white, half Black, speaking a bunch of different languages and slipping between the orchestra geeks and the football jocks until he finally found a squad of fellow misfits with an affinity for trouble. It was a wide-open time and place that invited freedom and exploration—as well as car theft and the not infrequent use of recreational cough syrup. And it helped him become the uniquely strange creative voice he is today.

In Great Falls, MT, Watts takes us through his story, hitting on the culture shock he experienced after moving from Europe to the heart of America, where he was called racial slurs by neighbors but wasn’t Black enough for his father’s extended family. Where he fought with his authoritarian dad, built a new family of antiestablishment, post-punk oddballs—and ultimately knew he had to leave. But after Watts’s career exploded in Seattle and New York, ultimately scoring him a nightly place next to James Corden on The Late Late Show, he found himself drawn back to his hometown after the deaths of his parents. This is his love letter to the town that made him. But like love itself, it’s messy and complicated and dirty and beautiful—and as weird and wonderful as Watts himself.

Praise for Great Falls, MT

“It makes sense that one of our most original and surreal comedians would have an upbringing to match, having been forged in the crucible of Montana via Europe. Reggie’s telling of his story is a delight, exceeded only by my ability to use “crucible” in a sentence.” —Conan O’Brien

“Reggie Watts fits in no box. He is no type of person. Find out how this fascinating and fascinated dude came to be by reading the combination of words he put together on the pages in this book and maybe you will love him like I do.” —Sarah Silverman

Great Falls, MT deepens my understanding of Reggie Watts while keeping the mysteriousness around his incredible art intact. How did this brilliant, wonderful person get here? This book makes his path seem like something more logical than improbable. Of course he became this person! It’s the same way I feel about Liverpool and The Beatles, or Minneapolis and Prince." —Fred Armisen

Mask Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Eugene Mirman
Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman

Comedian and actor Eugene Mirman is the voice of Gene Belcher on FOX’s Emmy Award winning Bob’s Burgers, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Flight of the Conchords, Delocated, Archer, Broad City, StarTalk, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Inside Amy Schumer, Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Seth Myers. Along with Julie Smith Clem, Eugene co-founded the comedy production company Pretty Good Friends which began as a weekly comedy show in Brooklyn and grew into tours, large outdoor shows and TV and radio projects. Out of these shows, Mirman and Clem also created the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival which started as a joke and became an annual institution in Brooklyn for 10 years.

Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is an internationally renowned musician/comedian/writer who starred as the bandleader on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden and IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang!. Using nothing but his voice, his looping pedals, and his vast imagination, Watts blurs the lines between music and comedy with a resume that includes multiple specials and appearances across platforms such as Comedy Central and Netflix.

Photo Credit: Megan McIsaac


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and look for the newsstand called Crimson Corner. Turn right and proceed north along Mass. Ave. going toward the Cambridge Common. You will pass the Harvard Coop, Bank of America, and CVS. The First Parish Church is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Church St. Please enter through the front door of the church.

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