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W. Kamau Bell            

Stand-Up Comedian & TV Host Best Known for "United Shades of America"

W Kamau Bell is a stand-up comedian, director, producer, and dad. For seven seasons, he was the host and executive producer of the five-time Emmy Award-winning CNN docuseries United Shades of America. Kamau won a Peabody Award for his Showtime docuseries We Need To Talk About Cosby. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, "Do The Work: An Antiracist Activity Book." His first book was his memoir with the easy-to-remember title: "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian."

Recently, Kamau directed and produced the HBO documentary "1000% Me: Growing Up Mixed." As a stand-up comic, Kamau has recorded two comedy specials. The second one, "Private School Negro," is available on Netflix.

Kamau is on the board of directors of DonorsChoose - a non-profit that helps teachers raise money for class projects, and Live Free - a non-profit dedicated to ending gun violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization. Kamau also is the ACLU’s Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. He lives in Oakland, California.

Speech Topics

The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour

Just like skinny jeans, superhero movies, and celebrity weight loss, racism continues to make a comeback. Luckily for us, campus speaker W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it all. "The Curve" is a comedic, topical exploration of the current state of America's racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. "The Curve" is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories, knowledge-dropping, and solo theatrical performance.


There's So Much More to Say About Bill Cosby | Time
Jan 20, 2022 ... Comedian W. Kamau Bell on why, despite a host of reasons not to, he decided to make a new Showtime docuseries about his one-time idol.
W. Kamau Bell Is Terrified for People to See His Bill Cosby ...
Jan 26, 2022 ... Last June, W. Kamau Bell was wrapping up We Need to Talk About Cosby—a four-part Showtime docuseries that examines Bill Cosby's career through the context ...
United Shades of America - CNN.com
Follow comedian and political gadfly W. Kamau Bell as he explores the far corners of our country and its various groups and subcultures.

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