W. KAMAU BELL

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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

Paul George’s Leg Broke For No Good Reason

"And that's why I kept my half-black ass at home." – Blake Griffin — W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) August 2, 2014 That was a tweet I sent out yesterday shortly after hearing the news about Paul George’s horrific injury at a scrimmage in preparation for the World Cup of Basketball. I’m using the word horrific because that is the word that was used in the Deadspin article about his injury. Now at first I thought, “Oh boy. Here comes another sensationalistic, click bait-alistic Internet headline.” And then I clicked on… Read more

New shows, My mom’s new book and T-Shirts

Hello Peoples, I don’t exactly know how to wrap my head around everything going on in the world right now. Everyday thing seem to be getting worse and worse or spinning more out of control and I’m feeling combination of scared and crazy about everything. (Scrazy, anyone?) And I haven’t even mentioned Iggy Azalea. (If you don’t know who that is, don’t Google. Trust me.) And in the middle of all that me and my family (my growing family) have just packed up everything and returned to The Bay Area…. Read more

SF Bay Area, so… umm… I’m back. ‘Zat cool?

So I live in the Bay Area now (again). Yup. after two-ish years of living in New York City, we are back. I say “we” because the main reason I moved back is because we, as a family, knew it was best for us. My wife is very pregnant with our second child, a daughter. (YAY! Maybe some of the credits I earned from my first daughter will transfer over!) And our O.D. (Original Daughter) is now three years old, which means it’s time for school to begin. The kind… Read more

It doesn’t get easier being Black on SNL

After watching Leslie Jones’ Weekend Update appearance on Saturday Night Live, one thing remains crystal clear. From Garrett Morris to Leslie Jones, it never gets easier being black on SNL. Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about SNL’s black problem. Usually it’s that SNL doesn’t have enough black people… OR they don’t know how to use the ones they have. But this is different. Much of the outrage surrounding her appearance (We really need a better word for being mad on the Internet than “outrage”.) has focused on… Read more

So That Happened Pt. 2: I was on Bill Maher and…

Last week I had what I knew going in was a rare showbiz occurrence. I was booked to appear on Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. For now, I believe that I alone hold that distinction. Call the Comedy Hall of Fame and bronze my parking passes! When I realized I was going to do both shows in the same week, I knew I was up for a challenge. Before the week began I couldn’t imagine two more different shows for a… Read more

VIP Tour Upgrades to Benefit Race Forward!

I am trying to help out my friends at Race Forward (formerly the ARC; they produce Colorlines, which many of you know) with some fundraising this year (full disclosure – I am a member of their advisory board). So I’m offering these special VIP Upgrade Packages in every city of my tour, to benefit Race Forward. If you already have a ticket, you can buy one of these packages for $55* and it will include a VIP meet and greet with me after the show, and an autographed, personalized tour… Read more

“Oh, Everything” Comedy Tour Begins + New Cities!

It’s time to head out on the first leg of my new stand-up comedy tour, “Oh, Everything!” I’m excited…. And nervous… And I don’t know if I’m elated or gassy but I’m somewhere in that zone. (FROZEN REFERENCE! I have a 2 1/2 daughter who is addicted to it… Screw it. As am I.) Tonight the tour begins in Bloomington, Indiana! Then we go to St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Portland, OR, and Oakland. And today I am also happy to announce the second leg of the tour featuring several cities… Read more