I'm a stand-up comedian/solo performer based out of San Francisco/Oakland. (I'm into slashes apparently.) I've been at it for a minute. In addition to doing stand-up all over (including on Comedy Central), I have a solo show called, "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour." I've been doing it for almost three years. If you bring a friend of a different race you get in 2for1.
Lots of cool people have said lots of ridiculously awesome things about me including one Mr. Vernon Reid from Living Colour (If you ever call them IN Living Color, I'll kill you where you stand.)
“W. Kamau Bell is in the vanguard of a new era of American comedy for an unsettling, troubling, and strangely hopeful time. Firmly in the fearless tradition of Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, & Chris Rock. Comedy as common sense purged of the absurd hypocrisy that is Our America.” - Vernon Reid
Crazy, huh? I've got a website with videos and blogs and inappropriate pictures (not like THAT) and lots of other stuff, but I plan on making a home here.
Also I have two comedy CD's. My newest one came out in February. It's called Face Full of Flour, and it's all about Obama and Post-Racial America (?). You can check it on iTunes and Amazon.
Here are some of my upcoming shows...
Wed, May 20, 2010 9pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Wed, May 22, 2010 4pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Wed, May 26, 2010 8pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Thurs, May 27 8pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Sun, May 30 6pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Wed, June 2 8pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Thurs, June 3 8pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Fri, June 4 6pm The W. Kamau Bell Curve @ PS 122 in NYC
Catch you out there.
You can be my friend if...
You have a sense of humor, and you are intelligent, and you talk honestly and openly about race and racism, and you combine those three things regularly. And you better not talk smack if you can take it.
ANNNNNNNNND you can pronounce my name. It's Kamau. It rhymes with POW! Not Kamal or Jamal or Kamoo or Kamou... or Maxwell.
Professional Talker/Provocateur/Social Commentator/Standing-up Comedian
I love filling this part out. Here we go... in a no particular order.
Living Colour, FIshbone, 24-7 Spyz, Rage Against The Machine, Urban Dance Squad, James Marshall Hendrix, The Band of Gypsys, Rollins Band, Street Sweeper Social Club, The Doors, John Coltrane, Soundgarden
I hate filling this part out...
The Devil Wears Prada, Rocky 2, Tombstone, Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodfellas, Casino, Love Actually, Malcolm X, Bamboozled, Coming to America, Talk Radio... OH YEAH! The Matrix 1.
Any movie that starts, "Tyler Perry Presents..."
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Anything by Dr. Suess, WHere the Sidewalk Ends, Freakonomics, Blink, Outliers, The Tipping Point,
Slam, Rolling Stone, Those Dumb Airplane Magazines in pocket of Airplane seats (I travel a lot.)
Favorite TV shows:
Project Runway, LOST, The Office (The British version NOT the American version - BLEH!), reruns of Deal or No Deal, Top Chef
Any TV show that includes in the title "Tyler Perry's..."
This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius
Band Question - Genre:
90's Black Rock
Band Question -Band Members:
W. Kamau Bell
Band Question - Sounds like:
Living Colour, Rage Against The Machine, and the more rocking side of FIshbone... but without any instruments or musical training.
Band Question - Musical Influences:
Living Colour, Rage Against The Machine, Fishbone, Rollins Band, Soundgarden