Genre:Alternative / Black / Political Humor
TV ShowsComedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed, Filter on The G4 Network, Porchlight on KRON, View of The Bay on ABC (It’s like Regis and Kelly except it’s Black Weather Man and Asian Woman)
FilmsDuring that crappy scene in The Matrix 2 where the nonsensical rave is happening, you can see me jump in the air and give a black power fist... This is of course only if you watch it on super slo mo.
AlbumsW. KAMAU BELL: ONE NIGht ONLY!
BioW. Kamau Bell lists his comedic influences as Cracked Magazine, Kentucky Fried Movie, and Malcolm X. As a Bay Area comedian, writer, and director for more than ten years, Kamau is a favorite at Cobb’s Comedy Club, The Punch Line, The Porchlight Storytelling Series, and is half of “Siskel & Negro” on Live 105. Kamau has appeared at The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed. Also he is featured in The Soft Skull Press publication “What Would Bill Hicks Say?” Kamau has been profiled in The San Francisco Chronicle on three separate occasions, including not ironically during Black History Month. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said, "W. Kamau Bell plays against type and comes with not only the insights you wish you had spewed first but also the wit." The SF Weekly called him “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho”, although he was more excited that they called him “handsome”. However Kamau is most proud of being the leader of The Solo Performance Workshop.
InfluencesJohn Coltrane, Malcolm X, Old frayed issues of Cracked Magazine, Kentucky Fried Movie, Denzel Washington, VOLUPTUOUSNESS, Fishbone, Bruce Lee, Cornell West, Jim Morrison, Michael Jordan, Glengarry Glenross, Vernon Reid, Muhammad Ali, Henry Rollins, Eric Bogosian, RATM, Bill Hicks, David Alan Moss, Dwayne Kennedy, Robert Hawkins, and who'm I kidding... Dave Chappelle
- May 29, 2008 2:04 AM SF Weekly proclaims ME the Best Comedian in SF
- Feb 14, 2008 6:51 PM Yes WE Can!
- Jan 31, 2008 10:17 PM I made the worst decision of my life on Friday...
- Jan 23, 2008 9:29 PM I’m on the cover of The SF BAY GUARDIAN!
- Nov 13, 2007 2:44 AM SF Weekly gushes about MEEEEEEEEE! Next show THIS Thur. 11/15/07 @8pm
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 6' 4" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: Black / African descent
- Religion: Other
- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
- Children: Someday
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: Some college
- Occupation: Prime Minister of Propaganda
GeneralEnding racism in about an hour.
MusicFishbone, Urban Dance Squad, John Coltrane, The Doors, Rollins Band, Jimi Hendrix, 24-7 SPYZ, LIVING COLOUR, Giant Squid, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Weapon of Choice, System of A Down, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Metallica... Oh yeah and FISHBONE!!!
That one Tears for Fears song, "Sowing The Seeds of Love. That song pretty much describes my act.
MoviesGroundhog Day, The Matrix (Parts Two and Three smell like pee pee.), Defending Your Life, Goodfellas AND Casino, The Invisible Maniac, Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio, Kentucky Fried Movie, Enter The Dragon, Return of The Dragon, Chinese Connection, Fist of Fury, When Harry Met Sally, Crash, Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon, Rocky II (One of the greatest moments in the history of film occurs in this film.), Karate Kid, Top Secret, Grand Canyon, Purple Rain, Bamboozled, Amazon Women on The Moon, Some Kind of Monster (It actually made me like the band more.) MIchael Moore and More and More... Supersize Me, AND... Anything by Denzel Washington --- even the crummy ones
BooksAnything by Dr. Seuss, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, On The Road, High Fidelity, Which Lie Did I Tell?, Books on Muhammad Ali, Books by Henry Rollins, Tons of biographies, Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, Blink...
HeroesHenry Rollins, Dave Chappelle, Tim Gunn, Anthony Bourdain, Kathy Griffin, Mike Rowe, Ted Allen, The Myth Busters, and anybody else who took a simple idea and turned it into a highly rated basic cable TV show.
University Of Pennsylvania
1990 to 1992
- Graduated: N/A
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: None
Univ Of Chicago Lab Sch
1987 to 1990
- Graduated: 1990
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma