The inspiration for the title of my NEW CD “Face Full of Flour.” Seriously.
Archive for February, 2010
W. Kamau Bell
Face Full of Flour
By Rachel Swan
It’s hard to do left-wing political humor without devolving into platitudes and homilies, especially when most of your jokes center on race — and most of your race jokes are black and white. W. Kamau Bell is the rare guy who does it really, really well. So well, in fact, that he manages to sustain a huge fan base with a pretty high median IQ. Most of that owes to his writing. A judicious humorist, Bell is extremely charismatic and has a huge personal cache of pop culture references. (The title of his new album, Face Full of Flour, derives from an old-school Rice Krispies commercial in which a mom puts flour on her face to look like she slaved away on a batch of Rice Krispies treats.) Bell even breaks the fourth wall to analyze his own jokes (“The Russian judges gave me a ‘ten’ for technical difficulty,” he says of a bit called “Barack Is Too Smooth — Throw Some Flour on Your Face”). He knows right away which current events will fit into his purview, and what kind of twist to put on them. A single punch line takes him from Rice Krispies to “whiteface.” Read More…
Click here or go to iTunes and download it until your heart’s content… which is probably once. And if you can’t make that happen do to the current state of your personal economy, then you can still help by giving it a FIVE STAR rating on iTunes whether you buy it or not.
It’s time to get grassroots here, peoples!
Thanks! You know I luv you.
Blacktastic Black History Month Blacktacular … Black!
Date/Time:Daily from Thu., February 25 until Fri., February 26
Price: $20-$50 Contact Info: | Event Website
For Whom …
By Hiya Swanhuyser
What? You didn’t know that you had been anxiously waiting? Oh, you definitely were!!!
Here it is. Let the judgement, slings, and arrows begin…
Available February 23rd from www.RooftopComedy.com & iTunes.
So a couple weeks ago when I was in LA taping Marc Maron’s TV Pilot for Comedy Central, me and Dwayne Kennedy also taped this episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. The interview is pretty much 100% focused on racism in alternative comedy… which makes it seem pretty topical considering all the John Mayer nonsense yesterday. This interview was sort of a surreal experience for me. I’ve been a big fan of Marc’s since before I started doing comedy, and I’m a big fan of his podcast. Marc is credited as one of the founders(?) of Alt Comedy, but I’ve always appreciated him for his honesty, his blistering point of view, and his… I don’t know how to put this… his ADULTHOOD. There are very few comics that feel like adults when they are onstage. Most comedians onstage feel like teenagers or college students on a Friday night, but Marc is part of a class of comedians who feel like adults. (including Greg Proops, Jake Johannsen, Bill Burr… and it goes without saying Bill Cosby and Paul Mooney) I’ve always respected that quality in a comedian and have aspired to be that myself. It doesn’t mean they don’t talk about or do silly things but they do these things from an adult perspective. It feels like it is a throwback to the 60’s and early 70’s era of comedy.
The 2nd reason this episode felt surreal is that I was able to tape it with Dwayne Kennedy. Not only is he is one of my best friends but he is also one of my favorite comics of all-time. No exaggeration. He’s a comedy legend amongst the people who know these things (Marc sort of goes into this at the beginning — if they left that part in.) , and there’s not enough evidence online for you to know how good Dwayne is. And DEFINITELY getting Dwayne to open up like he did on Marc’s podcast AND ON THE RECORD is rare, so enjoy it while it lasts.
I haven’t listened yet to this episode, yet — possibly because I was there. Check it out and let me know what you think. ENjoy this episode of Two Legends and Kamau.
You can get it on Itunes or just click HERE!
My episode of Spark airs again THIS WEEK! Apparently, I’m an artist now. I talk racism, Pumpkin Pie, & you get to meet the elusive White Mike Johnson!
Westerhout, Bell, and Blades
See a preview of this Spark episode.
Spark follows photographer Katherine Westerhout inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark — the 16th Street Train Station. Once the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, this Beaux Arts gem has been off-limits since 1989, but that might be about to change.
Next, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his wry observations on race and his personal stories about being black in an Obama-era America.
Then, meet Wil Blades, a virtuoso at playing a soulful instrument from a bygone era, the B3 organ.