W. KAMAU BELL 'SEMI-PROMINENT NEGRO' OUT NOW ON CD & MP3!
October 01, 2016“his standup remains as poignant and timely as ever” – Splitsider
Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America) will release his first solo stand-up special 'W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro' on CD and MP3 tomorrow, Friday, September 30 via Kill Rock Stars. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Freakonomics) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was filmed before a live audience in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.
W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy nominated CNN docu-series United Shades Of America, KALW's "Kamau Right Now", the Chris Rock produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and co-host of the popular podcast "Politically Re-Active" alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Comedy Central’s @midnight, The Nerdist, This American Life, Tavis Smiley and more.
2017 will see the return of United Shades of America on CNN and the release of his first book, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian” (hardcover, June 6, 2017).
W. Kamau Bell Stand-Up Tour:
10/13 – DC @ Sixth & I Synagogue
10/14 – NYC @ Gramercy Theater
10/15 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater * Two shows 7:30 (SOLD OUT) & 10:30
All tickets on sale at http://www.wkamaubell.com/fall-2016-standup-tour/
COMEDIAN W. KAMAU BELL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS
January 15, 2015
Photo by Matthias Clamer
Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce that we have signed comedian W. Kamau Bell. He will be recording two of his "Oh, Everything!" Comedy Tour shows at Seattle, Washington's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Saturday, January 24th. Tickets are on sale now.
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX TV show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, nominated for "Best Talk Series" at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. Kamau was creator, writer and host of the comedy series, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau's after seeing his one man show.
He also recently launched a brand new podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period. Each week, Kamau and Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) examine their shared belief that Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time, period. Available free at Wolfpop.com and downloadable from iTunes.
Kamau has also appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, Comedy Central, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, MSNBC, The View, Real Time with Bill Maher, Yahoo News with Katie Couric and many, many more.
Kamau's Oh, Everything! Comedy Tour promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can't stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the 'N" word, gentrification, his mixed race kids, your "friends", your "followers", why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns and more.
Kamau had this to say about the upcoming taping: “I have loved Seattle audiences since the first time I performed there with their favorite adopted son Hari Kondabolu. They are tuned in, read up, turned on, frustrated, and ready to roll up their sleeves and get into it. I have been saving Seattle for a special occasion and recording a stand-up comedy CD with the legendary punk label Kill Rock Stars is it! I’m extremely proud to be on a label that has been home to revolutionary bands Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, a label that made lefty politics cool before anyone thought that was possible, and a label that is home to brilliant comic voices like Kurt Braunohler, Ian Karmel, Cameron Esposito and my great friend Hari Kondabolu. LET’S DO THIS!”
W KAMAU BELL @ LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE
(104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 )
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm & 9pm
VIP packages available, proceeds go to Race Forward
Tickets and info:
7pm Show: http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-early
9pm Show: http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-late#
"one of comedy's most necessary voices on social and political issues"
- NEW YORK TIMES
"The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit!"
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable. That may not sound hilarious, but when it works it grants him new routes into old topics."
- THE NEW YORKER
"In an era of hopelessly polarized social-media bickering, only the sharpest voices can cut through the noise and command the conversation - the Jon Stewarts, Chris Rocks and Stephen Colberts. Rising on that list is W. Kamau Bell"
- COMMERCIAL APPEAL