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LA Review of Books says Doc McStuffins “1 of the best shows on television”. (Maybe cuz I wrote it.

She’s the Boss by W. Kamau Bell DOC MCSTUFFINS is one of the best shows on television. It’s also one of the most important shows in the history of television. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you probably don’t have a child under the age of six living in your home. Doc McStuffins is a children’s show on Disney Jr. And Disney Jr. is ethering the game right now. (That’s probably not a sentence that’s written that often.) From Doc McStuffins to Sheriff Callie to Octonauts,… Read more

I talked to director Ava DuVernay & YOU get to listen to it.

So I know many of you are confused by my podcast, “Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period.” I hear the feedback and notice the quizzical laughter at the title. “Kamau, do you really believe that Denzel is the best actor ever?” No. I believe he is the greatest actor of all time period. “Best ever”??? COME ON! And over the last year of the podcast, myself and my co-host Kevin Avery have found that we are not the only ones. While our mission is to review… Read more


Hey All, Me and my new best friend Matt Martin, the program director at San Francisco public radio station, KALW, have decided to come together and work on a LIVE RADIO TALK SHOW EVENT. We’re calling it “KAMAU RIGHT NOW!” The idea is a radio talk show based around what is going on right now, big and small, personal and political, real and imagined. We want to cut through the noise and sit in the lap pf the cultural zeitgeist and see if we can make sense of it all…. Read more

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