W. Kamau Bell is a Bay Area based comedian who has been named the Bay Area's best comedian in three different publications --- SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, & 7x7 Magazine.
Kamau told the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend waaaaaaaay back in 2005. Unfortunately, the joke predicted that Barack would never be President. (Oops!) Comedy Central later announced that Kamau had told the very first joke about Barack Obama. For this, Kamau was named on that network’s list of Best 100 Obama Moments.
And that’s not everything. Kamau has twice appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has been featured on HBO Canada. Kamau spent two years appearing regularly on radio station Live 105 as half of the movie review team Siskel & Negro. (Kamau is Negro.) The duo can still be heard online at their podcast at Rooftop Comedy. Kamau has another podcast with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid called The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture (Legally all of Kamau’s podcasts have to have the word “Negro” in the title.)
In addition to Comedy Central, Kamau’s other TV appearances include Comics Unleashed, KQED’s Spark, ABC’s View From The Bay, and Filter on G4. Kamau has also been featured on several of the biggest comedy podcasts including, WTF with Marc Maron, Comedy & Everything Else, The Sound of Young America, and Jordan, Jesse, GO! But Kamau is most proud of co-founding The Solo Performance Workshop (2005), a school for emerging artists. As a writer, Kamau is featured in the books What Would Bill Hicks Say? and At The Tea Party edited by GritTV’s Laura Flanders. Kamau has also released two stand-up comedy CD’s, ONE NIGht ONLY & Face Full of Flour which was named one of the Ten Best Comedy Albums of 2010 by both iTunes & Punchline Magazine.
“Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho” - San Francisco Weekly
“W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. 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.” — Margaret Cho
"One of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought." — Punchline Magazine
“Happily, Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality. FOUR STARS” — Time Out New York
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