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Stand-Up Show on August 24th

A year ago today on August 9th 2012 a little show named Totally Biased premiered. It was weekly; FX gave us 6 episodes to figure it out. Well now here we are in our new offices in pre-production for our daily show, premiering on September 4th at 11pm on FXX. What a long, strange trip it's being and yes, that was a Grateful Dead reference.

I'm excited for the return of the new Totally Biased. Me and the writers had a great summer on our stand-up tour. And I don't know if you've heard but I did a panel at the Television Critics Association and said some things that the extreme right wing of America wasn't so happy about (and even some on the pretend left wing).

And if you happen to be in the New York area later this month, me and some of the writers from Totally Biased are doing a stand-up comedy show as part of the AFROPUNK FEST in Brooklyn on Saturday, August 24th. It features me, Hari Kondabolu, Aparna Nancherla and Janine Brito. It's a great show and it's only $15 - you can get tickets here.

That's all for now. As always, thank you for your support. I literally couldn't be here without you.

Well, you and my mom...and my dad...and my wife...ok I'm gonna stop :)


Here's what I'm up to the next little bit.

I just figured I would put it into one post because I'm starting to confuse myself so here goes...>

Sept 6         San Francisco, CA      Stage Werx Theatre - Me & Boots Riley in Conversation - A Benefit for Laughter Against The Machine

Laughter Against The Machine's Tour & Documentary Sept 10       Phoenix, AZ                 Space 55 BUY TICKETS Sept 14       Chicago, IL                  Greenhouse Theater BUY TICKETS Sept 16       Dearborn, MI               Henry Ford / Adray Auditorium BUY TICKETS Sept 17       Madison, WI                Bartell Theatre BUY TICKETS Nov 9-10     Washington, DC           DC Arts Center BUY TICKETS Nov 11-12   New Orleans, LA          La Nuit Comedy Theater BUY TICKETS Nov 14-15   Oakland, CA                New Parish Theater BUY TICKETS

And we only have days left to raise the money we need to make the documentary about all this nuttiness! Can we borrow 5 bucks to make it happen? Thanks!

Margaret Cho & Hal Sparks make appeals for Laughter Against The Machine!

While I was in Edinburgh I got my friends Margaret Cho (1st video) & Hal Sparks (2nd video) to make appeals to their peoples and beyond about Laughter Against The Machine's Kickstarter campaign. Watch 'em. Enjoy 'em. Spread 'em around 'em!

Posted by my friends at Afro-Punk.com

Comedy: W. Kamau Bell & Friends To Launch 'Laughter Against the Machine' Tour Do you like your comedy seasoned with spicy social and political commentary? AP friend W. Kamau Bell is a part of the 'Laughter Against the Machine' (LATM) tour and documentary film project. Also on the bill: comedians Nato Green and Janine Brito. The tour starts Sept. 10 in Phoenix (see schedule below) and will be filmed for a documentary (click HERE if you'd like to help fund the production). To give you an idea of the madness they have in store for you, here's the promo trailer. Racism, gay rights, feminism, you name it! Check it. - L C-D


My BIG new thingy! June 20 & 22 in SF! COME OUT!

The Bell Curve Project: Apologies @ Stage WerxJune 20 & 22 446 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Welcome to The Bell Curve Project! Much like nobody saw his solo show coming, nobody will see this coming (unless you're reading this). And this time instead of just taking on Race, Kamau is taking on everything... one show at a time. "When I initially began doing The Bell Curve, I immediately realized that I enjoyed the idea behind it of taking one subject and attacking it from different angles and trying to find unique approaches to something that we all as a society had spend lots of time thinking about. I knew it didn't always have to be about race. I even did a few shows at Stage Werx where I focused on things like Black History Month and frustration. That is where I really feel like my comedic itch gets scratched."

The major difference with The Bell Curve Project is that this time Kamau is not doing it alone. He has recruited a gang of his favorite comedians, writers, producers, and even a rockstar rapper to help him out. It's like a murders' row of talent from The Bay Area and yes, even from LA and New York. They include Alex Koll (Just For Laughs Festival, Bay Area Air Guitar Champion), Kevin Camia (iTunes Top Ten Comedy CD of 2010), Kevin Kataoka (Lopez Tonight, MadTV), Chuck Sklar (Lopez Tonight & HBO's Chris Rock Show) and regular Kamau cohorts, Janine Brito (laughter Against The Machine), Nato Green (Laughter Against The Machine), and Kevin Avery (Siskel & Negro), and the original director of The W. Kamau Bell Curve, Martha Rynberg. And the rockstar rapper / activist / Bay Area legend himself, founder of The Coup and co-founder of Street Sweeper Social Club, Boots Riley. The Bell Curve Project will be a hybrid of a diatribe, video clips and segments, talk show elements, sketch comedy, and a good old-fashioned Kamau show. Special guests TBA.

So Kamau is going back to Stage Werx, the theater where he performed The Bell Curve for the first time, and this time he and his LA, New York, and Bay Area friends are taking on the subject of... Apologies. Why do we make so many of them? Do they mean anything anymore? What makes a good one? What makes a bad one? What are the most famous ones? Who still owes us one? How can we all get better at them?

"I know nobody is expecting me to take on apologies after four years of taking on racism, but apologies are as embedded and loaded in society as racism is. Literally everyday they are in the news, either because somebody makes one or somebody needs to make one: politicians, actors, actors who are politicians."

“The other reason I’m doing this show is because over the last few years, one thing I have learned is that the entertainment industry is run the exact same way as a high school geometry class. Neither one of them care if you have the answer. They both want you to show your work. So I’m going to do these shows, film them to show my work, and then sell it back to them. The same way I did in high school.”

Kamau & Laughter Against The Machine in Oakland & Sacramento! FEBRUARY

If you can't get to one of my San Francisco New Year's Eve (and Eve Eve and New Year's Day) Shows, puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeease check me and my band of comedians, Laughter Against The Machine in OAKLAND(!!!) at The New Parish on February 8 & 9. Get YOUR tickets HERE Or maybe in Sacramento on February 11th at The Sacramento Comedy Spot. (not on the 12th despite what the super cool poster says). Get YOUR tickets HERE

"Coming to America" July 10, LOL-SF Comedy Film Fest + A SHOW!

This should be cool. I was asked by to pick a comedy to be screened as a part of LOL-SF: A Celebration of Comedy Onscreen and I picked "Coming to America."... After Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodfellas, Casino, and Tombstone were all truned down as not being actual comedies... no matter how much, "I'm your huckleberry." makes me laugh. Anyway, COMING TO AMERICA!!! Get your "Soul Glo" ready. Clean the royal private parts. Prepare your argument for whether you call him "Clay" or "Ali." And laugh at Aresenio Hall liek you haven't since the early 90's.

Waiter, taste this soup.

I'll be hosting the screening of it...


July 10, 5p

The Vogue Theatre

3920 Sacramento St. (@Cherry)

San Francisco, CA

I'll introduce it, and then I'll talk about it afterward. And it's only TEN BUCKS!

AND THEN that same night at 8p, I'm doing some stand-up comedy at Stage Werx Theatre on 533 Sutter St. (at Powell), San Francisco, CA. I just booked this show yesterday, because I've been itching to do a longer set in the city for a while. It's been a while since SF saw my smiling face onstage. And I'll be sharing the stage with one of my favorite comedians, Janine Brito. Maybe some other special guests, too! I don't know, yet. I'm just figuring it out. AND THIS IS ALSO ONLY TEN BUCKS!!!

So there you go, I've planned your entire Saturday.

Not that you have to come to both... or either... but I'd love to see you at one... or the other... you get the idea.