I hope you had a happy, healthy and rewarding holiday season, depending upon whichever (or none-ever) of the holidays you celebrated. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you out there who are on this list and who are reading this right now. Many of you have been down with me for years and, therefore, you know how big 2012 was for me and my family. Well now I’m back at work, in my office at Totally Biased where we are getting ready to kick off our next cycle of shows, starting Thursday, Jan 17th at our new awesome time of 11pm on FX. It’s seems crazy that only a few months ago in August, we started with just six episodes, then got seven, and now we have 13 more. 2012 was a life and career changing year for me. Here are some end of the year highlights.
CONAN – I GOT TO BE ON CONAN OBRIEN! And the best part was I didn’t have to go on as a stand up. I got to sit in between Conan and Andy like an adult!
And on the same episode of Conan was Modern Family’s hilarious Ty Burrell. I love that show and me and my wife were trying to figure out an appropriate way to ask him for a photo. Imagine my surprise when he poked his head in to my dressing room to tell me that he his a fan of Totally Biased. He even told me that he had sweet potato pie for the first time because of a segment we did. WOW! At that point we couldn’t NOT ask for a picture. In fact my daughter insisted on it.
FRESH AIR ON NPR – Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air, named me one of her favorite interviews of 2012. I’m completely shocked. I was so nervous during this interview, so I am really glad people dug it. If you ahven’t already, you can listen to it HERE.
THE NEW YORKER – I got my picture in the New Yorker. Kind of… They did a very thoughtful REVIEW of Totally Biased and other alternative comedians including the awesome Maria Bamford. And I got a New Yorker cartoon.
Again, I am grateful to all of you for your support through all of this. 2012 was epic and I hope me and the crew can continue to keep it interesting and funny over here.
I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet. Totally Biased comes back October 11th on FX at 11:30pm, and as if that wasn’t enough Kamau, I’m going to be going out on tour, and hopefully I’ll be coming to a city near you.
The Kamau Mau Uprising
I’m super excited to go out on my first official comedy tour. There’s a poster and a t-shirt and I’ll be going to some cities I know and love, and I’ll also be visiting some cities I’ve never performed in before!
12/7 – Largo – Los Angeles, CA – special guest TBA
12/9 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA – special guest Dave Thomason
12/11 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO – special guest Janine Brito
12/12 – The High Watt Nashville, TN – special guest Janine Brito
12/13 – The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH – special guest Janine Brito
12/14 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL – special guest Janine Brito
12/15 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN – special guest Janine Brito
And yes, some of the more famous American cities are missing from this list. I had planned to do more shows, but my pesky TV show got picked up. So right now I’m just starting with these seven, but I know I’ll get to you all eventually. If your city is not on this list, you can even go here and DEMAND me, which helps me know where to plan new shows. But if you have friends in these other cities, let them know that I’ll be there.
And because I love you, you get to buy your tickets before regular normal people do. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, at 10am local, PRESALE LINKS WILL ALL BE HERE for each tour date. To get the presale password for FREE, sign up for my mailing list here. Tickets go on sale to the public in most cities on Friday at 10am local.
So again, thanks for being a part of this crazy thing.
So this is really, really happening. Tonight we tape a small test show, and then on Monday we tape a full rehearsal show and then on Thursday we go out to America, nay the World, nay the Universe, nay the Multiverse.
I really want to get as many of my people as I can into these tapings so that they feel like any other show – just one that will get me a lot more twitter-hate than normal.
THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO HELP!
There are THREE things you can do to help me make this show a hit. Try all three, or pick your favorite!
1. Tweet or Facebook this: Check out my friend @WKamauBell on @TotallyBiasedFX produced by @ChrisRock 8/9 at 11PM after @LouisCK #TotallyBiased http://bit.ly/NR53cu
(If you’re too cool for those social networks, feel free to email something like that to everyone you know, plus 1.)
(If you’re too cool for email and the internet, like Dwayne Kennedy, HOW ARE YOU READING THIS?)
2. Host a Premiere Night Viewing Party: a lot of people that you probably know have never heard of me. Or maybe they don’t have FX and can’t watch the show. You can help them out and be the coolest person on your block by hosting a viewing party where you invite all of your friends and get cool prizes! Someone could bring bean dip, another person could bring the drinks…well, you can figure all of that out! Just GO HERE to sign up to host a party, and enter to win a trip to NYC to see a taping!
3. Last but not least…tune in to watch the show! Did I mention that “Totally Biased” premieres on August 9th at 11PM on FX, right after “Louie” ??
Pretty much my entire career has been a grassroots movement and I need all of you to help that grass root like never before. Is that an expression? It is now.
Here are some fun things to check out, and to also help convince your people to tune in! Watch the “Totally Biased” writers discuss what they’re totally biased about:
Maddie Oatman at Mother Jones wrote an article on “Totally Biased” that you can read here.
Sheerly Avni at San Francisco Magazine also did a piece about the show that you might want to pass on to your people. Check it out here!
As always, thanks for your support. I could not do this without all of you.