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News, Feature Seeing My Boss Naked

Seeing My Boss Naked

I'm writing this piece the day it's due because a.) I'm a comedian (procrastination!) and b.) I just got out of the hospital for appendicitis (Happy 2014!) I ended up in the ER after a doctor felt my stomach and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bell Returns

Bell Returns

W. Kamau Bell is too busy to give an interview. Or maybe he isn't too busy; maybe he's just gone off the grid for a bit. His acclaimed late-night talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, was recently…
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Calendar, Night&Day Chairman Kamau

Chairman Kamau

It’s hard to be objective about the brilliance of W. Kamau Bell. Earlier this year, the San Francisco native built a bridge between stand-up performer and journalist when he shared his deep love of the Bay Area comedy scene via…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Comedian W. Kamau Bell to Lead TV Show on FX

San Francisco Comedian W. Kamau Bell to Lead TV Show on FX

San Francisco isn't so much losing one of its best comedians (yet) as it is putting him out on loan. Which is to say, W. Kamau Bell will be spending a lot of time in New York later this year…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Death and the Comedian -- It Happens Way Too Often

Death and the Comedian -- It Happens Way Too Often

Comedians die. It sucks. It totally sucks. And worse, it seems to be happening with more frequency. Maybe it is the fault of the Internet that I now hear about comics dying that I never met. Four comics --…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Louis CK Is the Heavyweight Champion of Comedy

Louis CK Is the Heavyweight Champion of Comedy

Whether you realize it or not, we are living in a special time for stand-up comedy. It doesn't happen that often. But right now, the most talked about comedian in America is also acknowledged by comics as one of,…
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News, The Snitch W. Kamau Bell: Stop Talking Shit About the Occupy Movement!

W. Kamau Bell: Stop Talking Shit About the Occupy Movement!

San Francisco's W. Kamau Bell and his socio-political stand-up comedy sidekicks, Laughter Against the Machine, have traveled around the nation, making stops at six different Occupy Movement camps, including ones in Portland, San Francisco, New York, and New Orleans. And…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Goes South of the "Border" with Laughter Against the Machine

W. Kamau Bell Goes South of the "Border" with Laughter Against the Machine

I'm on tour with Laughter…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell and Comedian Dwayne Kennedy -- Like <i>A Bronx Tale</i> for Stand-Up

W. Kamau Bell and Comedian Dwayne Kennedy -- Like A Bronx Tale for Stand-Up

There are only a handful of comics who I can really say directly played a big role in my comedic voice. (If you don't like that comedic voice, please don't blame them. I've never been a very good student.) Some…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell's Adventures in Scotland, as Told Through Four Classic YouTube Clips

W. Kamau Bell's Adventures in Scotland, as Told Through Four Classic YouTube Clips

People keep asking me what it's like performing in the UK. Well, it's been a lot like this classic '90s Jerry Seinfeld American Express commercial ...…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Tries Not to Step On the Jokes of a Famous Comedian Who Is Not as Famous as He Thinks He Is

W. Kamau Bell Tries Not to Step On the Jokes of a Famous Comedian Who Is Not as Famous as He Thinks He Is

FAMOUS COMEDIAN WHO IS NOT AS FAMOUS AS HE THINKS HE IS: So I talk about Twitter, Facebook, the Internet, Snooki, weed, Jay-Z, Batman, Paris Hilton, mowing the lawn, sprinklers, going to the doctor, going to the grocery, cheese ...…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Encourages White People to Feel White Pride, Which Pisses Off a White Person

W. Kamau Bell Encourages White People to Feel White Pride, Which Pisses Off a White Person

Here's some serendipity: W. Kamau Bell, the comedian and contributor to SF Weekly's Exhibitionist blog, is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his show was caught by Amy Brady, the writer and contributor to that same blog. Brady has…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Is a Star In Scotland! Actually, Four Stars!

W. Kamau Bell Is a Star In Scotland! Actually, Four Stars!

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has made me obsessed with stars. Not the famous kind. Although there are famous stars as part of the festival, Margaret Cho, Henry Rollins, Michael "That Dude From The Police Academy Movies Who Makes Crazy Sounds…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Is or Is Not Jimi Hendrix at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival

W. Kamau Bell Is or Is Not Jimi Hendrix at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival

In the back of my mind, I've always thought I could be Jimi Hendrix. I'm not saying I could be as good a guitar player. Nor am I saying that I would make as iconic a rockstar. My Afro…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Dares to Question the Value of Social Media

W. Kamau Bell Dares to Question the Value of Social Media

I received the following Facebook message last Friday from a fan ... an ex-fan. "Have to drop you from facebook . Your just not funny . Try just being a full on militant or something . Or there is ,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell with a Possible Oxymoron: "Comedy Clubs Are Places of Meanness"

W. Kamau Bell with a Possible Oxymoron: "Comedy Clubs Are Places of Meanness"

Recently comics have been put -- or put themselves -- in the position where they have been asked to -- or have been strongly pushed to -- apologize for their jokes. Or their ... "jokes." It seems like every…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell and a Confused Fan Save Common Decency: Epistolary Lives!

W. Kamau Bell and a Confused Fan Save Common Decency: Epistolary Lives!

The following is a series of e-mail exchanges between myself and a ... fan? Hello Mr. Bell, I just listened to one of your older standup comedy shows on Pandora. It was about Obama and how no one is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist W. Kamau Bell Dishes on His Two New Productions: One Show and One Baby

W. Kamau Bell Dishes on His Two New Productions: One Show and One Baby

It has been a incredibly hectic, bone-tiring, brain-stretching couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I called my manager Keri Smith of Whitesmith Entertainment and I said the five words she surely didn't want to hear, "I wanna cancel those shows."…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Miss <em>SF Weekly</em>'s W. Kamau Bell Comedy Extravaganzas This Week, and You'll Be Sorry

Miss SF Weekly's W. Kamau Bell Comedy Extravaganzas This Week, and You'll Be Sorry

Last week, SF Weekly's resident comedian and blogger, W. Kamau Bell, wrote that he originally planned to use his weekly blogosphere platform to talk about the comedy show he's putting on tonight and Wednesday. That all went out the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tracy Morgan Blows Past 'Offensive Joke' to Just Plain 'Offensive'

Tracy Morgan Blows Past 'Offensive Joke' to Just Plain 'Offensive'

I didn't want to write about Tracy Morgan. I wanted to write about how last week Marc Maron invited me to L.A. to be in his TV pilot. I wanted to write about how I hung out with the pilot's…
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