stage werx

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!

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.”

"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.