W. KAMAU BELL

About Kamau

The Long of It…

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, CA. Kamau has recently been announced as the host of CNN’s upcoming travel show, The United Shades of America. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice. Although he’s pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge along with the title. Kamau sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” And Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “it makes The Daily Show seem like something your dad watches.” In its brief time Totally Biased was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award. Totally Biased was executive produced by Chris Rock, who became a fan after seeing a performance of Kamau’s one man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Kamau still performs that show at colleges across the country. He’s especially busy with it in February.

Kamau has released two stand up comedy albums: One NIGht Only and Face Full of Flour. Face Full of Flour was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau has recently signed with Kill Rock Stars who plan to to release his next stand-up album as an actual album! (It’ll be available as zeros and ones also.)

Kamau has appeared on various Comedy Central programs (including @midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show,) HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Many Rivers To Cross, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, The Nerdist, and This American Life, among others. And yes, he will do your podcast if you ask him nicely and if he has the time.

His writing has appeared on VanityFair.com, Salon.com, MSNBC.com, and Buzzfeed.

These days Kamau might be most excited about his weekly podcast with fellow comedian Kevin Avery entitled Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. They are reviewing every Denzel Washington movie in mostly alphabetical order in hopes of proving… Well you read the name already. It was listed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List. It has been featured several times in the AV Club. And Fast Company Magazine put Kevin and Kamau on it’s list of Innovative Podcasters. You can find it at Wolfpop.com and every other place that you find podcasts.

Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau was voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine. Robin Williams called Kamau “ferociously funny,” The SF Weekly 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.”

The Short of It…

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian who is the host of the upcoming CNN travel show, The United Shades of America. Currently Kamau may be best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Among the places Kamau has been seen or heard are Comedy Central’s @midnight, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, Meet The Press, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and This American Life. His writing has appeared on VanityFair.com, Salon.com, MSNBC.com, and Buzzfeed. Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice. Although he’s also pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge. These days Kamau might be most excited about his podcast with fellow comedian Kevin Avery entitled Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. The SF Weekly 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.”