The Kennedy Center

Reese Waters


When New York Magazine tapped Reese Waters as one of the city’s Ten Comedians To Watch, few realized just how quickly his star would rise. First came his victories in the annual Caroline’s Comedy Competition and the Emerging Comics Contest at the New York Underground Comedy Festival. Soon after, appearances on MTV, Good Morning America, Sirius Satellite Radio and NPR were followed by Waters’ mastery of his Comedy Central “Live At Gotham” set and subsequent role on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series “Michael and Michael Have Issues.”

Programmers took note, and within the next year, Waters was bringing comedy truth to sports as co-host of The Daily Line on the Versus Network, where his sly wit garnered raves for his commentaries on the big sports news of the day, along with his ground breaking interviews with everyone from D Wade and Queen Latifah to Derrick Rose and UFC President Dana White. The Daily Line led to additional sports roles at Bleacher Report, TNT's Inside the NBA and eventually a correspondent on ESPN's Sportscenter.

With a deep knowledge and passion for sports, stand-up is his true love, and soon he accomplished a rare feat of making back to back appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and the Late Show with David Letterman. Long time watchers of the comedy scene were unanimous in praising Waters for cool, collected and knock out funny premieres on two of the nation’s top late night platforms for stand-up comedy.

Waters hails from Washington, DC, and was introduced to comedy by his grandmother’s hysterical impressions of everyone she’s ever met. His earliest memories include riding in the back of his parents’ car listening to a Martin Lawrence cassette on his Walkman, sure to muffle his laughter, since he was forbidden to hear such vulgarities. However, he took notice of the joy that comedy brought to the world and wanted to be part of it. Before officially taking the stage, he amused himself in his high school dormitory by pouring gravy on toilet seats, planting newspaper in the dryer and executing his self-titled “Sour Milk Bomb.” Fights ensued.

Forever the class clown, Waters began performing when he matriculated to Columbia University, where he joined an improv troupe and began traveling around campus entertaining unpopular students. Bolstered by his success, he successfully auditioned for the campus sketch comedy show, which was televised both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods, thought watched by none. Finally, Waters summoned the courage and malt liquor to venture into New York’s legendary comedy scene.

Waters returned to his hometown to bring his insight to morning news in hosting Get Up DC. To date it has not been cancelled.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/20/2019: Comedy at the Kennedy Center: Inside Jokes with Reese Waters with Special Guest Patton Oswalt

Reese Waters will sit down with comedian Patton Oswalt to reveal the making of, the work, and breakdown of their favorite material, in the style of a “post-game interview."

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Video 12/27/2018: Reese Waters

Reese Waters, originally from Washington, D.C., was introduced to comedy by his grandmother’s hysterical impressions. He saw the joy that comedy brought to the world and wanted to be part of it. As one of New York Magazine’s “Comedians To Watch,” Waters has appeared on MTV, NPR, Comedy Central, and The Late Show with David Letterman, with unanimous praise for his stand-up. Waters combined comedy with his passion for sports as co-host of The Daily Line and as a correspondent on ESPN’s Sportscenter. In 2017 Waters returned to his hometown to host Get Up DC! To date, it has not been canceled… Leon Scott opens.