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My 1st Piece on CNN – In like a lamb out like a Twitter Troll

So Tuesday my 1st piece debuted on CNN. CNN is the home of my upcoming race and culture travel series, The United Shades of America. And since I’m not Bourdain-level famous, they’re going to be sending me out in the field to help build up some steam and momentum for the show. This first piece is on the Iowa State Fair. Check it out… Now that is one of the softest and fluffiest pieces I’ve ever done on TV. That ending is positively adorable. But that isn’t stopping the Right… Read more

My sold out Berkeley stand-up residency extended! Fridays & Saturdays in August!

Get your tickets NOW! Here’s the dates & details… July 31, Aug 1, 14, 15, 21, & 22. Fridays at 8pm, Sat. at 8:30pm 90 minutes | Ages 21+ Tickets: $15 – $20 – $25 Sliding Scale Open Seating $50 Reserved Seating The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 So the first 6 shows of my Berkeley stand-up comedy residency, Home By 10, at The Marsh Cabaret are SOLD OUT. So we’ve added 6 more shows. And as an added benefit, these are all Fridays and… Read more

IMPORTANT! June 30th help keep Berkeley Berkeley-ish! (That means inclusive!)

One of the main reasons that I am happy to live in Berkeley is that is a city that is so legendary for it’s inclusiveness and progressiveness that it is the go to punchline for jokes about those ideas. Even San Francisco, in it’s liberal heyday of the aughts, could make fun of Berkeley for being too far left. Berkeley even voted against the war in Iraq WHEN IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WAR IN IRAQ! Well, if Berkeley wants to keep that lefty reputation then it had… Read more

May 8th on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money live in Brooklyn with my wife!

Hey all, I’m back in NYC in May. I’m doing WNYC’s Death, Sex, & Money show LIVE IN BROOKLYN! And I’ll be there with a special guest, my wife, Melissa Hudson Bell Ph.D!!! If you can’t be there, there will eb a podcast of the show afterwards. Details below and a link to tickets. Hope to see you there!* DESCRIPTION: Death, Sex & Money is a show about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale—dubbed “the Queen of the Awkward… Read more

Public Conversation with Elmwood Cafe on March 13th in Berkeley

Hey everybody, So many of you have asked me when the public conversation with the owner of the Elmwood Cafe is going to be. Well, I can finally announce that it will be next Friday, March 13th at 7pm at Willard Middle School on 2425 Stuart St, Berkeley, CA. That’s the short of it. The long of it is below in the press release. Hope to see you there. Kamau Comedian W. Kamau Bell and The Elmwood Cafe, jointly invite you to a community forum on implicit bias and microaggression… Read more

Happy Birthday! Have some racism from Elmwood Cafe!

UPDATE: My wife & I just talked to Michael Pearce, the owner of Elmwood Cafe & we’ve decided to have a public conversation about this. Details soon. Me & my wife are not calling for anyone to be fired, not asking for a boycott. We are going to have a public conversation. #SoYouCanComeToo Dear Elmwood Cafe 2900 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 You don’t know me. I know that for sure now. It’s not that I would expect you to know me, although many people in the Bay Area do,… Read more

I f***ed up! Sorry, cities I won’t be coming to now.

Yesterday, I went to two birthday parties for four year olds. Two in one day. Separated by enough time to go home take a deep breath and head back out again. Now, I’m not a creep. I had an a reason to be there. I was with my 3 and a half year old daughter. I’m happy that my daughter’s social schedule is so packed. It helps validate why me and the family returned to the Bay Area. But normally I wouldn’t be at both parties. Me and my wife… Read more

W. KAMAU BELL ANNOUNCES OH, EVERYTHING! TOUR

W. KAMAU BELL ANNOUNCES OH, EVERYTHING! TOUR Fan Presale Starts Thursday Sept 18, 10am PT Time Tickets Onsale Friday Sept 19, 11am Local Time W. Kamau Bell announces dates for his Oh, Everything! Stand-up Comedy winter tour, which kicks off in November and runs through the end of January 2015, taking the comedian from coast to coast and everywhere in between. A fanclub presale begins today, Thursday, September 18th at 10am PT time www.wkamaubell.com. General public presale starts tomorrow, Friday September 19th at 11am local time. VIP Packages are also… Read more

Robin Williams 1951-2014

I was having one of those great stand-up comedy nights. And this was about four years ago, when I didn’t have that many great stand-up comedy nights. At that point I was a San Francisco comedian whose options were not necessarily running out but they were limited. So I was happy knowing that going in it was gong to be a great night. I was already scheduled that night to feature for Bill Burr at Cobb’s Comedy Club in SF. This was at the point that Bill was really taking… Read more

Shows Added in Tempe & San Diego + NEW Uppity Tee + My Mom’s Book!

Hello Peoples! I know you just heard from me a week ago, but now that I’m back in the Bay Area for good (READ MORE ABOUT THAT HERE.) and we’ve found a new home… and a new pre-school… and a new mid-wife… and most excitingly… A NEW TRADER JOES(!) I’m ready to get back to work! Last week, I told you about my residency in San Francisco at The Cynic Cave (It’s almost sold out). I also told you about my return to Largo in Los Angeles. (Get your tickets… Read more