Sep
29
2:30pm 2:30pm

JFL42 Festival Presents A Political Conversation with W. Kamau Bell

A Political Conversation with W. Kamau Bell

Don’t miss a political conversation moderated by the host of CNN’s United Shades of AmericaW. Kamau Bell.

This event will feature a topical, timely conversation about the political landscape that we live in where the lines increasingly cross between comedy and politics, featuring the insights of a lineup of festival comedians.

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Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

JFL42 Festival Presents W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

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Why W. Kamau Bell?

Because he is an Emmy-nominated comic and host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America”

Because he’s a podcast enthusiast (just like us!), hosting podcasts such as “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period” and “Politically Re-Active” – which you can see at ComedyCon!

Because he’s smart, hilarious, and educating the world with his thought-provoking content on the impact of race on American culture.

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Jan
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Great Minds Concert - Oakland Symphony

Join W. Kamau Bell as he celebrates the kick-off of the Oakland Symphony's groundbreaking new series, "Great Minds". Great Minds invites the major thinkers of our time to host and curate a concert and give us unique insights into their passions. This series will be a musical  journey to unexpected and uncharted territory with your Oakland Symphony!

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Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

See stand-up headliner W. Kamau Bell, along with openers Chanel Ali, Mark Caesar, and Issac Crow!

Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life. The second season for United Shades of America began in April. He first captured audiences’ attention with his thought-provoking one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” and later, with his widely praised FX comedy series, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” The multi-talented entertainer also hosts the must-listen podcasts, “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period” and “Politically Reactive,” as well as the live public radio show, “Kamau Right Now!” Kamau’s book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell was released May 2nd.

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Aug
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

See stand-up headliner W. Kamau Bell, along with openers Chanel Ali, Mark Caesar, and Issac Crow!

Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life. The second season for United Shades of America began in April. He first captured audiences’ attention with his thought-provoking one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” and later, with his widely praised FX comedy series, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” The multi-talented entertainer also hosts the must-listen podcasts, “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period” and “Politically Reactive,” as well as the live public radio show, “Kamau Right Now!” Kamau’s book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell was released May 2nd.

Get Festival Pass - This pass gets you into EVERY SINGLE SHOW at the 2017 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival.

 

 

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Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

KAMAU RIGHT NOW!

OCCASIONAL THURSDAYS AT 7PM

Next #KamauNow on August 17th, Kamau and friends will take the stage at Laney College's Odell Johnson Theater. Helping Kamau solve the world's problems are founder of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian, comedian Irene Tu, and actor/activist Danny Glover.

About KAMAU RIGHT NOW!

W. Kamau Bell has teamed up with KALW to create KAMAU RIGHT NOW! a live radio and social media event that transforms the political and cultural conversation of the moment into what Kamau calls “a three-ring circus of relevance.”

Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter (#KAMAUNOW).  Tune into 91.7 KALWand subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss an episode!

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Aug
3
10:45am10:45am

W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Kelly Carlin

Join W. Kamau Bell and Author, Kelly Carlin at the Chautauqua Institution, Amphitheater. Comedy and the Human Condition: In Partnership with the National Comedy Center  

Interfaith Lecture Theme: The Spiritual Power of Humor. We will look at the power of humor to create insight and healing of the spirit.

About Kelly Carlin
Author, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George

Kelly Carlin is a writer, public speaker, performer and radio host whose work explores “the big questions of life.” Like her father, George Carlin, she loves to use humor to question the status quo, and she loves to seek out the unique angle into any subject she tackles. But unlike him, she brings a more personal and emotional tone to her work. 

As a child, Carlin explored her own creativity by writing skits and doing imitations but began her professional life in her teens working behind the scenes with her parents on various shows for HBO that continued into her 20s. While at college, Carlin discovered her voice as a writer, which led her to a career in writing for film and TV with her husband Robert McCall. After her mother’s death, Carlin began exploring autobiographical storytelling through her first one-woman show, Driven to Distraction. She is now host of “The Kelly Carlin Show” on SiriusXM and “Waking from the American Dream” on SModcast Network and tour her show A Carlin Home Companion — also the name of her memoir.

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Jul
26
to Jul 29

Just For Laughs Montreal Festival

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W. Kamau Bell

What you need to know: With a post-modern perspective, Kamau brings audiences provocative insights as well as very human, very necessary commentary on the headlines of the day, from race relations to cultural divides. His edgy yet level-headed view will have you contemplating the state of the world long after he has left the stage.

Kamau’s special, Semi-Prominent Negro, aired on Showtime this past April. His one man show, Ending Racism in About An Hour has been praised by audiences and critics from leading outlets, including The Guardian and Time Out New York.

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Wed. July 26        Thu. July 27        Fri. July 28        Sat. July 29        

 

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Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

KAMAU RIGHT NOW!

OCCASIONAL THURSDAYS AT 7PM

Next #KamauNow live from The New Parish July 20th! W. Kamau Bell figures out what's happening right now with guests including Merrill Garbus of tune-yards, artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez, and Francesca Fiorentini, comedian and host of AJ+'s Newsbroke. There will be laughs, probably some hugs, and we'll all learn something along the way. Get your tickets NOW or tune in to hear the show live on KALW at 7pm! 

About KAMAU RIGHT NOW!

W. Kamau Bell has teamed up with KALW to create KAMAU RIGHT NOW! a live radio and social media event that transforms the political and cultural conversation of the moment into what Kamau calls “a three-ring circus of relevance.”

Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter (#KAMAUNOW).  Tune into 91.7 KALW and subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss an episode!

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Jul
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

W. Kamau Bell with The Roots at the Fox Theater

W. Kamau Bell: Performs with The Roots at 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA.

About The Roots

Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday.  

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Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall
Jun
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
Jun
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Chicago, IL - Park West
Jun
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chicago, IL - Park West

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Norfolk, VA - Attucks Theatre
Jun
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Norfolk, VA - Attucks Theatre

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Arlington, VA - Arlington Drafthouse
Jun
9
10:00pm10:00pm

Arlington, VA - Arlington Drafthouse

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Arlington, VA - Arlington Drafthouse
Jun
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Arlington, VA - Arlington Drafthouse

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer.

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San Francisco, CA - Politically Re-Active: W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu at Comedy Central's Colossal Clusterfest
Jun
4
3:00pm 3:00pm

San Francisco, CA - Politically Re-Active: W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu at Comedy Central's Colossal Clusterfest

Comedians and longtime pals Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell help us navigate through the ever changing political landscape in America on their hit podcast Politically Re-Active. The hosts get some help from some of today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists, and political thinkers like Roxane Gay, dream hampton, Shaun King, Amy Goodman and Jake Tapper (to name a few).“Hold up, wait a minute,” is a regular utterance and theme of the show, giving the hosts a second to step back and delve into some of the confusing facets of our political system (or let Hari enlighten the listeners on obscure 90s hip hop). Kamau and Hari have the important discussions about how we move forward in the age of Trump. What does the resistance look like and how can we all be a part of it? What do we need to know to stay active but also to stay joyful? 

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Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
May
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Eugene, OR - Hult Center for the Performing Arts
May
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Eugene, OR - Hult Center for the Performing Arts

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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San Francisco, CA - Kamau Right Now!
May
18
6:45pm 6:45pm

San Francisco, CA - Kamau Right Now!

W. Kamau Bell and KALW have teamed up to create KAMAU RIGHT NOW! a live radio and social media event that transforms the political and cultural conversation of the moment into what Kamau calls “a three-ring circus of relevance.” 

The next episode of Kamau Right Now! is on Thursday, May 18th at the newly-renovated Bayview Opera House in San Francisco.  The show starts at 6:45pm, and we're live on KALW at 7:00pm.  

W. Kamau Bell's guests will include comedian Natasha Muse, activist Cat Brooks, and cultural critic & hip hop scholar Jeff Chang.  Plus, live music from Mino Yanci.  If you'd like to be in the audience, GET TICKETS HERE!!! 

 

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Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
May
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
May
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

As the release of Kamau's second season of his hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America approaches, Kamau is back on the road doing the stand-up comedy that got him here in the first place. Kamau's first hour long comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro (directed by Morgan Spurlock), debuted in the spring to rave reviews, getting a grade of "B+" inEntertainment Weekly and an "A" in The Onion's A.V. ClubThe A.V. Club said, "W. Kamau Bell isn’t going to stay just semi-prominent for much longer."

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Oakland, CA - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'
May
6
2:00pm 2:00pm

Oakland, CA - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'

'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Tickets include a copy of the book, provided by Mrs. Dalloway's. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. 

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Los Angeles, CA - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'
May
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Los Angeles, CA - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'

'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Tickets include a copy of the book, provided by Skylight Books. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.  

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Chicago, IL - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chicago, IL - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'

'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Tickets include a copy of the book, provided by the Book Table. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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Washington, DC - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'
May
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Washington, DC - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'

'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Tickets include a copy of the book, provided by Politics and Prose. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

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Brooklyn, NY - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'
May
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Brooklyn, NY - The Book Tour for 'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell'

'The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell' will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Tickets include a copy of the book, provided by WORD Brooklyn. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.

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Hayward, CA - Confronting Climate Change Keynote with W. Kamau Bell
Apr
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hayward, CA - Confronting Climate Change Keynote with W. Kamau Bell

Join us for a community discussion on environment and equity, facilitated by socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell. We'll be introduced to the scientific evidence of climate change as well as discuss the socioeconomic impacts, our collective ability to respond to environmental threats, and how to increase equity as California switches to a greener economy.

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Los Angeles, CA - Free Screening: United Shades of America
Apr
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Los Angeles, CA - Free Screening: United Shades of America

Includes a conversation with host W. Kamau Bell

Emmy-nominated United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell is an eight-part CNN Original Series that follows sociopolitical comedian Bell as he explores subcultures across the country, using humor to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us.  Each episode of the hour-long series strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America. The second season premieres this spring on CNN.

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Arcata, CA — Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"
Apr
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Arcata, CA — Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"

The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.

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Fayetteville, AR — Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"
Mar
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fayetteville, AR — Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"

The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.

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Indianapolis, IN -  Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"
Mar
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Indianapolis, IN - Presenting "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in about an Hour"

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The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The W. Kamau Bell Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.

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