37 minutes | Apr 29, 2016

06 W. Kamau Bell on United Shades of America and Semi-Prominent Negro

Kamau Bell talks with host Dennis Trainor, Jr. about The United Shades of America, Kamau’s new docu-series on CNN, Semi-Prominent Negro (his Showtime Comedy special directed by Morgan Spurlock), and Kamau’s podcast, Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period. about the guest | Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, CA. Kamau is the host the CNN docu-series United Shades of Americawhich premieres on April 24th. His one hour stand-up special “Semi-Prominent Negro” will premiere on Showtime on April 29th. He also is the host of Kamau Right Now! on KALW in San Francisco and co-hosts the podcast Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period on Earwolf.  Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice. Although he’s pretty upset that they didn’t give him a badge along with the title. Kamau sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” And Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.” The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “it makes The Daily Show seem like something your dad watches.” In its brief time, Totally Biased was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award. Totally Biased was executive produced by Chris Rock, who became a fan after seeing a performance of Kamau’s one man show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Kamau still performs that show at colleges across the country. He’s especially busy with it in February. Kamau has released two stand-up comedy albums: One NIGht Only and Face Full of Flour. Face Full of F
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