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.
So I am hard at work on putting together a TV show that I know (umm… hope) that you will LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!
Many of you have asked what you can do to help make this whole TV show thing happen. Well, I have something for you. And it is quick and easy and hopefully a lot of fun.
If you want to be a member of my digital street team, which means you get to hear the updates on everything first AND then you can share them with your peoples. You’ll be on the inner circle of this craziness. And trust me, I could use some help sorting all this out. And you don’t even need to go out onto the street… unless you want to.
Here is my boss, Chris Rock, letting you know that “Totally Biased” is coming your way. Watch it. Re-watch it. Send it to friends and enemies. Pretty cool.
And here is our first “Behind the Scenes” video, produced by Alex Thornton, who many of you know as the producer of my “Field Negro’s Guide to Arts and Culture” podcast with Vernon Reid:
Monday, July 23 7:30pm – My socio-political stand-up comedy trio Laughter Against The Machine will be performing in Brooklyn at Union Hall for the low, low, price of ten bucks. I won’t be doing much stand-up while “Totally Biased” is in production so if you are in NYC here’s your chance to come say hello before I disappear into TV land. Get your Tickets here!
AUSTIN GETS ME TWICE IN 1 YEAR!!!
I’ll be appearing at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas from November 2-4. Tickets are available now! According to their website, “Fun Fun Fun Fest is a fest that is custom booked for the most passionate underground and progressive musicians, comedians and fans around the world.” This sounds like it’s going to be a lot of… ummm… fun.
I hope you had a very happy fourth day of July. I had the day off from work… Yeah… I have a job now. Weird. You do comedy because you don’t want to work for a living and then one day if you work hard enough ANNNNNNNND you get extremely lucky you get presented with a job. I even have a flippin’ office. AN OFFICE!? Well that’s where I’m at. Well, literally right now I’m in Brooklyn with my wife and baby.. umm… toddler. I just thought I would take moment and send you an update because things are moving fast and furious around here… but in a good way.
Me and my crew are deep into pre-production of Totally Biased. For the record my crew of creative types is…
Nato Green, Janine Brito, Hari Kondabolu, Kevin Avery, Dwayne Kennedy, Kevin Kataoka, and Danny Vermont.
You probably recognize most of those names if you have been with me for any serious bit of time. Obviously Nato and Janine are members of Laughter Against The Machine with me. Hari was a founding member of LATM. Kevin and me have gotten into all kinds of comedy endeavors in our time together. And Kevin Kataoka was one of the more seasoned comics when I moved to the Bay Area back in the days. I’ve known Dwayne since like week two of my comedy career. Danny is a true veteran comedy writer who has written for many people including Bill Maher, which means I am often turning to him saying, “How did you guys do it?” I also managed to snag Alex Thornton, the producer of the Field Negro Podcast to handle the digital element. And Mr. Vernon Reid on music.
And I of course still have Chuck Sklar and Keri Smith guiding me through this process as the always have. And yes, we are getting input from Mr. Chris Rock.
Man, this better be funny. So far I think it is.
I have included a couple treats for you to see (and hear) how this is coming along. We shot a promo reel that should be hitting your screens in bits and pieces soon. And here is the ten second graphic trailer.