Dec 07 2012

Stand Up Comic W. Kamau Bell On Politics, His One Man Comedy Show, And His TV Show

Stand up comedian turned TV host W. Kamau Bell is bringing his latest one-man show The Kamau Mau Uprising to LA tonight at the Largo. Bell started his career in the San Francisco Bay area, and has gained national recognition for his new half hour show, executive produced by Chris Rock called Totally Biased on FX, which was just renewed for a second season.

Kamau Bell’s earlier acclaimed work was a one man comedy show called The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. He has made a documentary called ‘Laughter Against the Machine,’ released two comedy albums, co-hosts a pod-cast called The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture, and blogs at the San Francisco Weekly under the title, “Kamau’s Komedy Korner.” W. Kamau Bell also serves on the Board of Directors of the Applied Research Center, the racial justice think tank that publishes Colorlines.com.

Kamau Bell was noted by Comedy Central as the first person to tell the very first joke about Barack Obama all the way back in 2005, noting how his name alone would be too tough for voters to swallow.

Inspired by the incendiary style of Bill Hicks, Bell pulls no punches in his punch lines about race relations interweaving his own experiences with social and political commentary on his weekly show and his stand up act.

Margaret Cho has said, “W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. He’s got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he’s going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller.”

Kamau Bell is currently on tour nationwide with his show the Kamau Mau Uprising and now joins me live in studio.

GUEST: W. Kamau Bell, host of Totally Biased on the FX Channel, whose one man standup comedy show is called The Kamau Mau Uprising

W. Kamau Bell will perform his one-man stand up comedy show on Friday December 7th at 8:30 pm at the Largo in LA, 366 La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048. Doors open at 7 pm.

Click here to watch W. Kamau Bell’s show on FX.

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