A Baker's Dozen of My Favorite "Totally Biased" Clips

This is a baker’s dozen of some of my favorite clips from Totally Biased. When we did these pieces, I truly felt like we were making the kind of TV that I wanted to see. Obviously everybody on the show isn't visibly represented or mentioned here but they all contributed jokes and ideas to the pieces on this this list. (Get their names on IMDB.) And this isn’t even close to everything that I loved on the show, but as far as I know, there’s no such thing as a baker’s 37.

Sikhs vs Sheiks

This was from the very first episode. The thing I remember most about this one was how it was written. When the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin happened, we knew that we had to figure out a way to cover it. There were a couple different drafts of this piece written and they just didn't feel right. So all the writers (a couple producers… and even Vernon Reid of Living Colour - The map was his idea.) got in the writers room. And we banged it out. We were all laughing, and I knew it felt good, but I was afraid with all the real tragedy in the story that it would literally be too soon. We rehearsed it several times. Chris Rock really put me through my paces that day. And our producer, Rachel Linhart said, “You gotta have a Sith!” She was right. True collaboration, pulling in one awesome direction.

Anything to Say to a White Guy

This was Ethan Berlin’s idea. Ethan was a writer on the show at that time. He later became a producer. The thing I remember most about this clip is that during the beginning of the shoot, we had Ethan playing “the white guy” as some sort of representative of white people, and that just wasn’t working. It just wasn’t funny. But when Ethan just acted like himself, it was immediately funnier. Everybody let their guard down. And people really had interesting things to say. I love this clip because it is funny but people are also being reeeeeeeeal and making some points. This is one of the many times we shot in Harlem. Harlem never let us down. Harlem, I hope we didn’t let you down.

Spelling Bee

Hari Kondabolu has been one of my favorite comedians since I met him in 2008. He always said he was going to be a writer on my TV show waaaaay before there was a TV show to write on. He is also a great friend. I am super proud and lucky to have been able to present him on the show. I love this piece because it is the kind of comedy I wanted Totally Biased to always do: heartfelt and fierce. Also, I'll forever remember the phrase, "SIX IN A ROW, SON!"

Also see Kevin Kataoka’s Asian Invasion.

Lindy West & Jim Norton

I was really fortunate to have so many talented writers to work with on Totally Biased. There is personal pride in this one though, because it was my idea. I just knew that if we got Lindy West and Jim Norton together that an intelligent, witty, and non-yelling conversation could be had about an important issue. They were awesome. They set a high standard that the show knew was going to be difficult to match.

Also see the God Debate and the Redskins Debate.

Frederick Douglass

I have known Dwayne Kennedy since my early days of comedy. He is a great friend and my first mentor in comedy. He is the ultimate comic’s comic. And he’s an extremely hard person to pin down. I knew I wanted him on the show, because his comic voice is undeniable. Everyone who spends anytime with Dwayne ends up talking like him whether they want to or not, bub. DAMMIT!

Also see Aparna Nancherla’s Russian tale, Eliza “Zeke” Skinner, and TV’s Frank Conniff.


One thing I knew I wanted Totally Biased to be was personal. And the Cheerios commercial featuring the mixed race family and the ridiculous online uproar was aimed right at me and my family. So I aimed right back… with the help of my fellow writers, producers, graphics department, staff, and interns.


I have always said that some of my favorite moments in my career is when I’m learning right along with the audience. Well, this clip is that. (Well, in this case, I’m learning along with many of the men in the audience.) When we released this clip online it didn’t get that much attention initially. But it continues to find life as a way for people to find a funny way to open a discussion about catcalling. I’m proud that we made some comedy that gives the correct side a megaphone to the world. That is what I wanted Totally Biased to do. This clip was the brainchild of writer and comedian and fellow SF comic Nato Green. (P.S. I hated doing the megaphone part of the piece, but it works. I don’t know nothin’.)

Also see Stop & Frisk.

No More Mr. Nice Gay Football

Whenever I talked to anyone about correspondent pieces on the show, THIS is the one I would reference. I could have maybe done all the jokes that Guy Branum does in this piece but they ALL mean much more coming from him. (Possibly because he wrote them too.) Giving the person with the biggest stake in the issue the bully pulpit to shout from was very important to me during the show. One of my favorite memories from the entire show is that when we taped this I was standing off to the side of the stage. I had a view of Guy and the audience. Seeing the discomforted looks on some of the (I guessing straight) dudes faces as Guy expertly took apart the nuances of football and homophobia was amazing.

Tracy off

This clip is surreal for me on so many levels. I have known Janine Brito since she was a comic who had just moved to the Bay Area and who usually rocked hoodies over bow ties. I tried to provide the same help and advice to her that Dwayne had given to me. So sharing the stage with her so much on Totally Biased was a always a little bit of a “WOW!” moment. She did a lot of great things on the show but this stands out to me. Janine only found out that she could do a Tracy Morgan impersonation when I asked her to try it during the filming a pre-pilot we were going to show to Chris Rock. This was right after Tracy had his incident in Nashville. And the only piece of material that made it from that pre-pilot, to the pilot, to the actual show was Janine’s Tracy Morgan impersonation. And to have her do it WITH Tracy Morgan was epic. And to address some of the push back that we had from putting Tracy on the show, I humbly submit this from GLAAD.

Also see Aparna Nancherla prints a gun.

Kristina Wong Interview

I had some awesome interviews on Totally Biased. Some of the most biased moments happened during those conversations. But talking to Kristina Wong was an unexpected pleasure. Right after the interview was over and I walked offstage I said to whoever would listen, “She came to WIN!” Thank you, Kristina, for being on the show.

Also see Amber Galloway Gallego, Dr. Yaba Blay

Spirit of Stonewall

A history lesson that features some jokes. This is was a great day at the office. It was Guy Branum’s idea. Guy Branum brought Sherry Vine in to do it. And Sherry brought it home… with a brick. No other show on television was going to cover this moment in this way.

Also see Hannibal Buress, Relationship Expert and Florida Intervention

Unlocking The Truth performance

One of our producers, the amazing Kristine Pregot, really GOT the whole idea of the show in a major way. And she had worked on something with Unlocking The Truth before. And whenever we would ask if anybody had any ideas for the show Kristine would bring up Unlocking The Truth. Thank you Black Jesus, I was smart enough to listen to her. It was an honor to have them on the show.

Also see Reggie Watts, Grit & Grin, and Death

Sikh Captain America

This aired in the second to last week of our show. It is EXACTLY what I want the show to do. A real issue, jokes that highlight but don’t make fun the issue, and a random Dwayne Kennedy sighting. Hari brought in the Salon.com article that reported the first time Vishavjit Singh went out as Captain America. Hari KNEW we had lightning in a bottle and insisted that we do this piece. Thanks, for insisting, sir.

So...that happened

So… that happened.

That is one of my favorite lines in the history of film. It is from David Mamet’s brilliant State and Main. It comes out of the mouth of Alec Baldwin’s character right after he totals his car and the underage girl he was --- and shouldn’t have been ---with runs from the scene of the crimes. Alec casually looks to the person who witnessed the whole thing and says, matter of factly, “So… that happened.”

I always took that to mean, “I don’t know what the fuck that was exactly, but it happened. And now we all just have to deal with it and move on.”
Yup, Totally Biased has been canceled.

So… that happened.

Although what DID happen with Totally Biased has happened thousands of times in the history of show business… nay the world. It goes like this. Person gets job. Person works hard at job. Person loses job. My whole career I’ve seen talented comics get opportunities that I thought, “WOW! That is definitely going to be the THING for her!” And then I’ve seen that thing not become the THING. This is just my time for that. I thought Totally Biased was going to be my “THING!” I worked hard to make it so, and it didn’t happen. So now I get the chance to find a new “THING” and to see how that goes. That’s amazing. The show was canceled. I’m not canceled. 99.999% of stand-up comics don’t get this far. If I’m really lucky, what we did on Totally Biased will be remembered long after it stops airing. Heck, my mom is still mad that they canceled Frank’s Place. (Google it. It was great.)

The one thing I truly hope is that whoever the next comic is to be considered for a show doesn’t get judged by my lack of… you know… still having show. I hope John Landgraf and the beautiful people at FX (and FXX) continue to take chances on the underdogs. Their batting average is kind of amazing. I hope this doesn’t bum them out too much.

I am very proud of Totally Biased. The Lindy West / Jim Norton debate was amazing. For the rest of my career I will chase the highs of Sikh vs Sheikh. Hell, I got to talk to Rachel Maddow for nearly TEN MINUTES! I learned I like talking to random people on the street about real things; (I will be more proud of Anything to Say to a White Guy than anything else I do in my career.) Also I got to have one of my heroes, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, write me a theme song. I was able to work closely with the comedy Jedi Chris Rock. And, above it all, I was able to employ some awesome comics with original voices. Many of whom are my friends… and who will hopefully forgive how crazy I have been the last several months.

There are so many people who worked on the show. So many talented people who have much more experience in TV than I have (not hard to beat since I had none before this.) And they humbled themselves to pull in my direction, even when they sometimes had no idea where we were all headed. I appreciate all of their support. I will never forget it.

Most importantly, when Totally Biased was at it’s best it gave comedic voice to people and issues that do not often get that space on television. (I am overwhelmed by the love the show is getting now.) I tried. I really tried. And I’ll keep trying somewhere else.

Who knows what the next thing will be? (Seriously, who knows? I need a job. --- Kidding… Mostly.) I am literally boiling over with ideas, and I can’t wait to get started. I am excited to get back into stand-up in a big way. I can’t wait to get my voice back. Many of you who watched Totally Biased have only seen a sliver of the real me. Check out my Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross for a more distilled version. But until then, I will see you on Twitter, Facebook, and in a city near you. I have a lot to say.

Thank you for your support. And still remember to stay totally biased.

Now, I’m gonna go update my LinkedIn profile.


P.S. Bring back Frank’s Place.

Totally Biased Season 1 FINALE!

Check out my comic crush, rapper, Zach Sherwin and beatboxer, Joshua Silverstein on last night's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell performing Grit & Grin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX58r1ZhIYc

Inspired by Sesame Street's talk of a dad going to jail for breaking the law, we introduced our own puppet, J. Jamal Brown (voiced by Kevin Avery), who talks about his dad getting railroaded and well... it got pretty ugly.


Last night Paula Deen got the Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell treatment. Special shout out to Jay Smooth and the rest fo #BlackTwitter!


I really gotta thank Billy Porter for making time out of his 8 show a week schedule to come by Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell for a chat. I also gotta thank him for letting me try on a pair of his Kinky Boots.


This is the SEASON FINALE BLOWOUT SPECTACULAR from last night's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell! It was so much fun. In less than 5 minutes we managed to squeeze nearly all the writers onstage. (Dwayne Kennedy, Hari Kondabolu, Janine Brito, Kevin Avery, Ethan T. Berlin, Aparna Nancherla, Kevin Kataoka, Guy Branum, and Ned Goldreyer). Also we tried to get the back of Sebastien de la Cruz in the process. Enjoy!


Totally Biased Episode 125

Fell a little in love with Trevor Noah when he stopped by Totally Biased last nite, you will too!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjMzYGtWS3s

I unleash my judgement of George Zimmerman & get props from Chris Rock in this Totally Biased clip! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UfQCsWYuJo

Did Neil Patrick Harris say the n word at The Tony's? Do we really care? Watch this Totally Biased clip to weigh in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdqrAegz9bU

In last nite's Totally Biased I took to the streets to learn about little known stereotypes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPBOVGV52Uw

Totally Biased Episode 124

This has Unlocking the Truth & 2 of of my favorite things. Vernon Reid of Living Colour & my mom, Janet Cheatham Bell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ra7_M9LXw

Last night's Totally Biased rocked!  Literally.  UNLOCKING THE TRUTH !


On Totally Biased I got excited for a Cheerios ad with a mixed race family & the internet ruined it.


Here's my response to last week's Totally Biased segment with Lindy West and Jim Norton.  Watch it #homework


Moviologist Doug Benson returns to guide movie goers in "Watch This, Not That."


Last night on @TotallyBiasedFX our own Hari Kondabolu talks spelling bees and all their badass glory!


Totally Biased Episode 123

Last nite was Comedian vs. Feminist on Totally Biased with Jim Norton and Lindy West.  Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kHzcIUHrHI

Mike Lawrence speaks out on behalf of the McPeople on last night's Totally Biased!


Watch Doug Benson's segment "Watch This, Not That" for guidance to this summer's blockbusters.


Last night on I to0k on a (sort of) personal challenge from Michelle Bachmann.


Totally Biased Episode 122

Aparna Nancherla and Guy Branum showed us what not to wear to a protest on last night's Totally Biased. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMZVqxdj8gk

This clip from last night's Totally Biased is Must Si TV! #TotallyBiased #TotalmenteSesgada!


Totally Biased writer Kevin Kataoka introduces an unlikely Asian American hero.


Friend and threat to my job Wyatt Cenac stopped by.  Thanks for getting him on twitter ?estlove!


Totally Biased Episode 121

Aparna Nancherla blew it up on Totally Biased last night. And she almost blew me and Kevin Avery away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ6fcwmDDeU

Me and Aisha Tyler chopping it up.  Catch her on Archer, her podcast Girl on Guy, and grab a copy of her new book!


From last night's episode I got Barack's back & show America a real scandal.


Larry Doby stopped by Totally Biased to get the props he deserves


Hey guys!

This is the official announcement of THE TOTALLY BIASED STAND UP TOUR presented by my friends at FXX!  Joining me will be a rotating lineup of the amazing Totally Biased writers, including Kevin Avery, Guy Branum, Janine Brito, Kevin Kataoka, Dwayne Kennedy, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla. All shows will feature us doing standup followed by a Q&A.  Tickets are on sale on Friday, but since you guys are my friends, I'd like to give you a chance to get tickets before the regular people. PRESALE TICKETS will be available HERE starting at 10am local tomorrow (5/15)!

The exciting thing about this tour for me is that I get to go to some of my favorite cities AND cities I've never performed in. I'm looking at you San Diego, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando. Hopefully one of these cities is somewhere near you!

Seeing us onstage not enough?

Buy a tee with your ticket purchase, wear it to the show, and get access to a special post-show group photo! We cannot wait for this tour, it is going to be a great time!


7/11 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
7/12 Prince Music Theater Philadelphia, PA
7/13 Park West Chicago, IL
7/14 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
7/19 House of Blues San Diego, CA
7/20 Largo Los Angeles, CA
7/21 The Chapel San Francisco, CA
7/25 Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA
7/26 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
7/27 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL

Totally Biased Episode 120

Last night on Totally Biased we asked, "Anything You Have Anything to Say to a White Guy?" with Ethan Berlin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_HcrMXH--A

Here is my interview with Melissa Harris Perry.  We bury the hatchet (that she didn't know we had).  #nerdland


Check out our piece on hero and human lolcat Charles Ramsey.


My comedy daughter, Janine Brito, revealed a hidden secret about the LGBT community on last night's Totally Biased.  Enjoy!



Hello friends! I know we’ve been gone for a while, but... TOTALLY BIASED IS BACK TOMORROW! With special guest MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY. You’re welcome #nerdland. We have 7 more episodes before summer. That means 7 more chances to be a part of our live audience in NYC! Get your FREE tickets HERE.

This has been a very exciting time for the FX Network family since it has announced the launch of a sister network, FXX starting in September. And guess what show will be on FXX 5 nights a week...  Thats right, TOTALLY BIASED! Crazy, right?  FXX will also be home to other amazing comedy shows, like “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Archer,” “The League,” and “Arrested Development” to name a few. It’s because of all your kind words and support that this was possible so on behalf of the whole crew I wanna thank you so much! Keep tuning in and spreading the word.

On May 15th you can catch me on “KATIE” with Katie Couric at 3pm ET. The last morning show I invaded was “The View,” and believe me, Katie enjoyed my comedy way more than Barbara Walters did!

And... I have a huge announcement involving my summer plans and hopefully yours!  Check back Wednesday for the update.

See you out there.


Totally Biased Episode 118

On this weeks episode, Hannibal Burress debuted a new line of Valentine's Day cards to help you date a black person!

Wanna hear about the time I spent $5000 on a cookie? Watch this cartoon...

The State of the Union got me raving on Totally Biased! Not in an angry way. In a 1990's way. #Dubstep #TotallyBiased #SOTU

Nikki Glaser & Sara Schaefer stopped by @TotallyBiasedFX to talk Valentine's Day & their new show, Nikki and Sara Live.

I went to Grand Central Station to ask New Yorkers a hard-hitting question. Should I smoke pot?

Totally Biased Episode 117

Everywhere else it's Black History Month, but at Totally Biased it's Black HipsteryMonth. Check this out with Reggie Watts.

What's more rare than the groundhog seeing his shadow? Me criticizing President Obama!

Boy scouts are afraid of gay people? I'm confused. Here's me trying to understand it.

I got to meet comedy legend David Alan Grier! Check it out.

Totally Biased Episode 116

Comedian/musician/crazy talented dude Reggie Watts stopped by Totally Biased to perform a song you'll never quite see again.

We got into immigration with America's new favorite game "Who Loves Mexicans More!"

Here I deliberate where this VW commercial ranks in my "Most Racist Things Of All Time" list #TotallyBiased

In the recent Benghazi hearings a member of the Totally Biased family was mentioned with disdain. Hari Kondabolu is here to defend the need to have people not-hate us.

I loved talking sports and politics with writer David Zirin last night on Totally Biased (in a hushed tone of course)...

Totally Biased Episode 115

Last night's Totally Biased takes a look at the Inauguration. Featuring First Lady Eye Lasers and eye rolls.

Sherry Vine recounts the Stonewall riots and calls on us to hit intolerance in the nuts!

I went to DC for the Inauguration, or as I like to call it, "The Blackest Day in the history of Blackness,". We ask did this inauguration pale in caparison to 2009's? #PunIntended

Check out this extended interview w/ @GeorgeTakei. He is officially the coolest, from teaching old people to use social media, to speaking sense into Donald Trump!

Totally Biased Episode 7

Hey guys, so we had a new episode last night. I think it was pretty good. If you missed it, here are some clips. If you like them, please share! A lot of you have asked me how to help the show get more episodes, a good way to do that is to post these and if you're on twitter, include something @TotallyBiasedFX with @wkamaubell #TotallyBiased