The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing 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.  Now available in paperback!

selected essays


“Getting a vasectomy is personal. This is why I’m making mine public.”
CNN // May 2019

“The Secret to Raising Multiple Kids”
Men’s Health // November 2018

Expand Your World, Go to the Beach in Alabama
The New York Times // April 2017

Wonder Woman is Awesome - But We Still Need a Black Superhero
WIRED // May 2017

A Noble Gesture for Michael Phelps?
CNN // August 2016

"Happy Birthday! Have Some Racism from Elmwood Cafe!"
Blog // January 2015

“Whites Against Trump”
Salon, with Adam Mansbach // December 2015

“She’s the Boss”
LA Review of Books // October 2015

“Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs”
The Establishment // December 2015

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014
Vanity Fair // November 2014

Hollywood Reporter // February 2016