I'll be headlining at The Comedy Underground December 17-19. And the best part is that my good friend, Hari Kondabolu will be on the shows, too. Here's the press release below in case you want to send this around.
“W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. He’s got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he’s going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller.” - Margaret Cho
San Francisco comedian W. Kamau Bell makes his Seattle debut when he headlines at The Comedy Underground, December 17th through 19th. Former local comedian Hari Kondabolu organized the weekend and will be opening for Kamau.
Kamau's politically charged and race-conscious comedy ignites live and TV audiences alike. On TV, he is known for telling the first ever Barrack Obama joke on Comedy Central waaaaaaay back in 2005. He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed, KQED's Spark, G4's Filter and ABC's View from the Bay. He has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was the only comedian to perform at both the New Faces Show and Best of The Uptown Comics. For the past two years, Kamau has performed his critically acclamimed solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour all over the San Francisco Bay Area, in Los Angeles at The Comedy Central Stage, and this past summer at The New York International Fringe Theater Festival. Kamau also co-hosts a regular Rooftop Comedy podcast as half of the team Siskel & Negro. (Kamau is “Negro.”) As a writer, Kamau has been published in The LA Weekly comedy issue and in the book What Would Bill Hicks Say? In 2008, Kamau was honored as San Francisco's Best Comedian by The SF Weekly.
Seattle favorite Hari Kondabolu returns to the city where he started his comedy career and worked from 2005-2007 as an immigrant rights organizer. Hari has appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He will also be appearing on John Oliver of the Daily Show’s new program on Comedy Central John Oliver’s New York Standup Show in January 2010.
Kamau and Hari met in 2008 while doing shows together in San Francisco as part of the Laugh Out The Vote Tour. And since then they have combined with fellow comedian and HuffPo blogger Nato Green to perform shows under the moniker Laughter Against The Machine: Guerilla Comedy for a New World.
The shows will be take place at the legendary Comedy Underground, located at 109 S. Washington St. in Pioneer’s Square. Tickets range from $6 on Thursday (all ages) to $15 in advance and $20 at the door on Friday and Saturday (Ages 21 and over). Tickets and more information are available at http://www.comedyunderground.com
ON W. KAMAU BELL
“Happily, Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality. FOUR STARS” - Time Out New York
“Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho.” - S.F. Weekly
For more info on Kamau: http://www.wkamaubell.com/
ON HARI KONDABOLU
"A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.” – Seattle Times
“Kondabolu’s work seeks to directly challenge audiences to see their own lives and the world differently.”- India Currents Magazine
“A national comedy treasure.”- The Stranger
For more info on Hari: http://www.harithecomic.com