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W. Kamau Bell            

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

Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian, host, and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series "United Shades of America."

In 2018, Bell made his Netflix debut with his stand-up comedy special, "Private School Negro," and has previously hosted three critically acclaimed podcasts: "Kamau Right Now!," "Politically Re-Active," and "Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period." He is the director of the critically-acclaimed documentary "Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain," and briefly starred in the FX & FXX comedy series, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

Bell has authored numerous essays and blog posts about race and racism in American politics, and in 2017 released his first book, "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."

He has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award, and was featured on Conde Nast’s ‘Daring 25’ list for 2016. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com, Salon, The LA Review of Books, and The Establishment.

Bell serves on the advisory board of Hollaback!, Donors Choose and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice.

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.


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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.
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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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