Watsky: The Bard of Beantown

“In his music, works by Watsky can be identified in their sincerity. [...] And through it all, the kid is hilarious, and possibly the only MC besides Paul Barman who could be described as funny in a Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! kind of way. [...] wicked smarts, quick delivery, breath control, sweet videos, and friendly beats.”

Watsky spits emotion, humor

“Watsky is a voice. Not just a person with ideas, but a person with the ability to present them in a convincing manner. If he was less sincere he could be an excellent politician, but being an amazing poet is better anyway.”

Where the Magic Happens :)

“Watsky is so honest in his lyrics that he’s able to break-it-down without coming off as an imitator. He keeps it real with a hip-hop informed style that comes naturally to him, as he observes, admits, pontificates, criticizes, admits in rhyme. At 23, he’s incredibly original in both his writing and performance, able to be as deeply personal as he’s hilarious. [...] Watsky received an enthusiastic standing ovation from an audience significantly younger than the usual SpeakEasy patron. I hope we get to see him in Boston at least once more before he heads off to Hollywood.”

Plugging into poetry as a media platform

“On stage, Watsky offers the clean-cut Gen-Y angst of Michael Cera channeled through the rapid-fire flow of the poetry-slam star that he is. He’s performed everywhere from “Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry’’ on HBO – boldly declaiming about being a high-school virgin – to the Opera House in his native San Francisco.”

‘Magic Happens’ in one-man show

“Every generation needs its Bard. George Watsky may just be ours.”


“George Watsky is the recipient of the Rod Parker Playwriting Festival Award and had his original play Harold’s Fall or King Will produced by Emerson Stage from April 2 through April 4, 2009 in the Semel Theater at 10 Boylston Place. Watsky, a member of the class of 2010 as a B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies major, had his new work directed by Joe Antoun, artistic director of CentAstage in Boston, Massachusetts. Watsky uses the game of chess as vehicle for examining status, race and mortality. [...]”

MSU Reporter

“Walking away from the George Watsky performance on Monday night, I found the rythmic echos of his verses still [wandering] through my mind as I start the car to go home. I guess that’s the power spoken word can have on you, and George Watsky’s one heck of a spoken word artist. Thank you Impact for bringing in George Watsky. One of the best events I’ve been to at MSU. If you missed it, I’d suggest catching his stuff on youtube.”

He’s Not Michael Cera: And George Watsky doesn’t need a fucking MC Name

” [...] Watsky the San Francisco lyrical prodigy [...] mastered the art of spoken word, becoming the 2006 Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, a winner of Speak Green for his poem “Carry the One,” and a performer at spaces ranging from the Herbst Theater to the Apollo. [...] Since the release of his 2006 book-CD Undisputed Backtalk Champion (First Word Press), Watsky has been collaborating with friends Max Miller-Loran and Daniel Riera. On his next recording, he plans to integrate music into his poetry (after all, he was a drummer at Stanford Jazz). Currently Watsky brings spoken word to colleges across the country while earning a degree at Emerson College. [...]“

J.P. Hip-Hop Trio Set to Make Some Noise

“The trio, who met in grade school in San Francisco and currently live in Jamaica Plain, have an impressive collective résumé that includes emcee George Watsky’s National Poetry Slam title and beatmakers Max Miller-Loren and Daniel Riera’s appearances at the San José Jazz Festival. When Watsky called us he was in San Francisco, getting ready to head to another very un-hip-hop place: the Republican National Convention. What are you up to at the Republican Convention? I’m just there for a day. [...] I’m actually going to film a pilot for a TV show about sustainability and the arts and how they intersect. [...] What’s next for Invisible Inc.? We’re actually all doing solo albums and releasing them at the same time in about a month or two. [...]“

The Washington Examiner

Robert Redford hosts KenCen poetry slam

“For a youngster who inspires [Robert] Redford, look no further than poet George Watsky. “Three years ago at Sundance we heard some of these voices, and when they introduced George and he read his speech, I saw the reactions of the elected officials, and they were all just stunned,” Redford said. “They were literally shocked and it was great to see those expressions.” Watsky took the stage shortly after Redford, and although he did not share the inspirational poem he read at Sundance years back, he did reveal a new poem, ‘I Am So Green.’”

DVD Town

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Season 6

“As host Mos Def tells us in his short monologue preceding the fourth episode of “Def Poetry,” a poem doesn´t need to rhyme. All it needs is to be sincere, to have a soul behind it. [...] there´s someone like George Watsky [whose] contribution, “V for Virgin,” allows the audience to laugh uproariously over the trials and tribulations of nerd sex. Or the lack thereof, as is the case here. A combination of the subject matter and Watsky´s pale slender body, not to mention his zeal for the information, makes him endearing, allowing us to see why he is a sensation at home.”

The Justice

Spoken word show a grand slam

“Skinny, quirky George Watsky was next, with the night’s most innovative piece. Watsky, a sophomore at Emerson College and a member of the grand prize-winning team from San Francisco at the National Youth Poetry Slam in 2006, adjusted the microphone to different parts of his body, imitated the sound of rewinding tape and recited binary code (a trope that caught the eye of headliner Saul Williams) in an altogether amusing performance.”

The North Idaho  College Sentinel

Slam poet brings poetic excellence to SUB

“Poet George Virden Watsky performed in the SUB on Thursday. The 21-year-old San Franciscan native is a poet, playwright and an actor. He is a student at Emerson College in Boston. He’s been seriously writing poetry for the last six and half years. He written 30 to 40 long poems and a hundred or so short ones [...] After the show he stayed behind to sell merchandise and to talk with the audience members. Tim Strickland, an 18-year-old theater major, said, “I thought it was amazing. The funniest thing I’ve seen in a month at least.”.”

University of South  Florida Oracle

Griffin, T-Pain are Coming Home to USF

“The Stampede Comedy Show was one of the highlights of the Homecoming festivities. George Watsky served as master of ceremonies. Attendees left the show without any doubts about why Watsky won the Youth Speaks Grand Poetry Slam in 2006. His spoken-word style was delivered with brass and confidence, in a tone that reminds one of a smack-off contestant on Jim Rome’s sports talk show. Watsky isn’t afraid to address topics like social inequality and politics, but his strength is in his sense of humor. His monologue on being a high school virgin had the audience in stitches. He goes on fast-paced rants packed with conventional and slant rhymes, then slows down, lowers his register and hits you with a hook that resonates in your memory. In a speech that blends revulsion for insincere politicians and drunken Cassanovas, he quips: “It’s checkup time. After all, half of all Americans are living at, or below, the pick-up line.” Watsky’s resumé boasts searing wit, strong stage presence and a volume of poetry, all at the age of 20.”

Oakland Tribune

Local team is a slam-dunk in Poetry Slam finals

“FOR those who watch MTV or HBO whenever a poetry slam contest is on, it’s obvious that there’s a ton of talent among the younger generation when it comes to emoting, and evoking, using the spoken word. But that talent may run no deeper anywhere than it does in the Bay Area, the home of Youth Speaks Bay Area, which recently took home the top prize at the Ninth Annual Brave New Voices (BNV) International Youth Poetry Slam Contest in New York City. Competing against 42 cities and 450 youths from all over the world, Youth Speaks Bay Area made it to the BNV finals along with Urban Word NYC, Youth Speaks Seattle, and two groups from Providence, R.I., and Philadelphia. The winning Bay Area team’s ambassadors were Terry Taplin, 17, and Shannon Matesky, 17, of Berkeley; Laurie Magers, 17, of Union City; Meilani Clay, 18, of Oakland; Dominique Jones, 19, of Vallejo; and George Watsky, 19, of San Francisco.”

San Francisco  Chronicle

Local poets lift voices at nationals

“[...] Take, for example, this passage from “Pickup Line Protest,” by George Watsky of San Francisco, who could be called the team’s captain: I couldn’t help but wonder who’d elect this guy. Then it hit me. Think back to every ad campaign, inner-city baby-kissing politician visit, each fake debate, each missile missive, each broken man, each token mandate spoken, every candidate in history and campaign slogan. [...] It’s no surprise that Watsky, who at 19 is the Bay Area’s reigning teen champion, is on the team. He has won nearly a dozen slams and was on the team that took fourth place in the national contest last year. He’s also lined up a publisher for “The Undisputed Backtalk Champion,” his first book of poetry.”

Oakland Tribune

Watsky Perfection at Teen Poetry Slam

“A SOLD-OUT War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco witnessed America’s fastest growing spoken word movement Saturday night in the form of the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finals, a competition of 18 Bay Area poets. With a perfect score, 19-year-old George Watsky of San Francisco topped the competition. [...] Watsky attacked politicians and their “pickup lines” in his first poem: “Do you want a pizza and a war? What — you don’t like pizza?” and saying “(Forget) a one-night stand, we’ve got a president lookin’ for four years of lovin.’” He dedicated his second poem to “all the people that remained virgins in high school, whether by choice or circumstance,” referencing TV nerds such as “Screech” Powers from “Saved By the Bell,” Carlton Banks from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and Steve Urkel from “Family Matters,” prompting audience members to jump to their feet and raise their hands in a “V” symbol to show support. More than 3,200 people filled the Opera House’s three floors.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Tackling issues of race and identity, poets’ voices speak loud and clear at the Living Word Festival

“George Watsky, a lanky, 18-year-old poet, merged urban white guilt with the history of the Pullman porters before launching into what he called the Caucasian National Anthem. He beat-boxed while he played the harmonica, and tickled the crowd while thoughtfully dissecting mating rituals and race.”

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