Mr. Reese Waters
Reese Waters has forged an unlikely yet illustrious career in comedy, sports and broadcasting. 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, though watched by none. Finally, Waters summoned the courage and malt liquor to venture into New York’s legendary comedy scene.
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.” 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.
Reese credits his grandmother’s hysterical impressions of everyone she’s ever met for introducing him to comedy. 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.
Waters second love is sports, which he was turned into television hosting gigs for NBC Sports, TNT, The Weather Channel and ultimately ESPN. This journey began in 2010, when he co-hosted The Daily Line on the Versus Network, interviewing athletes from John McEnroe to Dwyane Wade. His most memorable interview was "Tea with Tyson," where he managed to get Mike Tyson to open up to him about his love for pigeons and his hatred of cannolis. In 2014, Reese did a stint with The Weather Channel's America’s Morning Headquarters, commentating on sports and the weather before joining ESPN in 2015 as a SportsCenter correspondent.
Since that time, Waters has created a prolific radio and digital resume, including NPR, ESPN, Sirius Satellite Radio and his own Podcast. In 2018, Reese returned to his hometown to bring his insight, comedy and commentary to morning news in creating and hosting the Emmy Award Winning Get Up DC and Open Mic with Reese Waters on WUSA9, and The Reese Waters Show on Team980.
Check out Reese's latest budding shows on YouTube: Reese Waters Runs Deep and Finding Morgan Freeman.