W. Kamau Bell

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The Nourse
Comedy, City, Discussion
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Live Broadcast featuring political comedy, cultural conversation and special guests
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:45 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

Live Broadcast of Kamau Right Now! featuring political comedy, cultural conversation and special guests. Hosted by W. Kamau Bell

Co-presented with KALW
W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian and host of KALW’s Kamau Right Now!, a live radio show that transforms the political and cultural conversation of the moment into what Kamau calls “a three-ring circus of relevance.” Bell is also the host of CNN’s The United Shades of America, a documentary series in which Bell travels around the country exploring subjects and locations out of his comfort zone and digging into the complexities of race and culture in America. Before hosting for CNN and KALW, Bell was best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. In its brief time, Totally Biased was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and GLAAD Award.
* Early start time: 6:45PM (doors open at 6PM)


W. Kamau Bell revels in socio-political comics. A founding member of the stand-up comedy collective "Laughter Against the Machine," Kamau is also co-host of The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture podcast with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. Praised by Punchline Magazine as "one of our nation's most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit."

His recent stand up album, Face Full of Flour, was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," which was a Time Out NY critic's pick in the 2010 NY Comedy Festival and a comedy pick in The Guardian during it's 2011 run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Time Out NY gives him "FOUR STARS" and offers, "Bell finds comic gold…offering provocative insights into an ugly reality." The San Francisco Chronicle raves "The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit. FOUR STARS!" The SF Weekly has called Kamau "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle," though he was more excited that they called him "handsome."


W. Kamau Bell (SF Weekly's Best Comedian 2008 & Comedy Central's 1st comic to tell a Barack Obama joke) & Nato Green (of Iron Comic, Laughing Liberally Local 415, & The New Jew Revue ) band together once again for the second edition of their comedy summit: Laughter Against The Machine. LATM is a stand-up comedy show which promises an evening filled with biting political & social commentary, that will attack all points along the spectrum from the rightest right to the leftest left. This is an evening of the comedians doing what they do best & are supposed to do, expressing their pointed opinions in hilariously awesome ways. Tonight's show also features special guest Hari Kondabolu, seen on Comedy Central & Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Seattle Times called Hari "a young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce & Richard Pryor." Come. Sit down. Laugh. Think. Laugh. Think. Laugh. Go home.


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