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Monday, June 20, 2011

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

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

W. Kamau Bell (middle) and Boots Riley (left) on the lookout for apologies. - W. KAMAU BELL
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  • W. Kamau Bell (middle) and Boots Riley (left) on the lookout for apologies.

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 window, however, when he felt that Tracy Morgan's homophobic diatribe last week couldn't go unanswered.

So, we're taking over and relieving him of his self-promotion duties. This time. And only because Bell has done a good job of shrouding his show, Bell Curve Project: Apologies, in intrigue. In a departure from his four-year solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, this time he is collaborating with 13 comedians who believe in his dream of making the jump to TV (see the lineup here).

Bell says he sat in a hotel conference room, "Ocean's 11 style" with his fellow funnymen, and if all goes well, "there are people who put things on TV," willing to consider how the act will translate on the tube. Who are these mysterious, Wizard of Oz-like TV people?

That we don't know, but at least we have an idea of what the show will be like.

"I want a TV show that is a thematic weekly attack on subjects that are in the cultural zeitgeist but never got addressed directly. Kinda like This American Life ... but funnier ... with a dash of Michael Moore ... and HBO's The Chris Rock Show," Bell told SF Weekly.

For this make-it-or-break-it performance, he has set his sights on apologies that probably can't be solved in about an hour. He'll address who's making them (Anthony Weiner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tracy Morgan for starters) and who still needs to make one.

"We may even have footage of Boots Riley getting kicked out of the Dow Jones offices in San Francisco after they were somewhat reluctant to apologize for the financial crisis," Bell says.

Tickets for Monday and Wednesday's 8 p.m. shows are $15, or if you order here, you can get two tickets for the price of one with the password "wkbfan."

"It really is a grand experiment and I think people should come down because, who knows, it may never happen again," Bell says. "But then, that's what I also thought four years ago when I started the original W. Kamau Bell Curve."

And hey, if things don't pan out with the people who put things on TV, no apologies necessary.

For more events this week and beyond, check out our calendar section.

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