W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

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Birthday: Jan 26, 1973

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA

W. Kamau Bell had a nearly charmed rise from struggling stand-up comedian to buzzworthy comic to late night talk show host. His politically minded material crossed the high dudgeon and boundary testing of Mort Sahl or Dick Gregory with an up-to-the-minute 21st-century hipster calm, making his series "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" (FX 2012-13 / FXX 2013) a refreshing alternative to the usual late night suspects. Walter Kamau Bell was born in Palo Alto, California; the only child of a single mother who worked in education and self-published books of quotations by prominent African-Americans, Bell moved around the country quite a bit in his childhood and teens, developing a fondness for stand-up comedy as a shy, introverted child. Settling down in Chicago to attend the arts school Columbia College, Bell began taking classes with the renowned Second City improv troupe, but his first love of stand-up prevailed. Resettling in the stand-up hotbed of San Francisco, Bell did the grinding routine of a struggling young comedian. The city's progressive politics also suited his temperament, and he embraced community activism on a variety of causes. This newfound personal emphasis on politics crept into Bell's stand-up act, so much so that in 2007 he rented a San Francisco theater to put on a nightly show entitled "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism In About An Hour." The show was successful enough that he took it on tour, including a stint at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Festival. A mixture of topical humor and audience participation, the live show became the template for "Totally Biased" after Chris Rock saw it and invited Bell to turn it into a television series. With Rock as executive producer and their mutual friend Chuck Sklar as showrunner, "Totally Biased" premiered on FX to strong reviews and decent ratings in 2012. Originally a weekly series, it became a five-night-a-week program (running Sunday-Thursday instead of the more common Monday-Friday) in September 2013 when it moved to the comedy-centric start-up station FXX. Unfortunately, poor ratings for the revamped show caused FXX to announce its cancellation on November 13, 2013.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The One and Only Dick Gregory Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The History of Comedy Unknown (Character) - 2017

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No Score Yet No Score Yet United Shades of America Host 2016-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside Pixar Narrator 2021
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2020 2018 2016
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2020 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cultureshock Director 2018
No Score Yet 98% Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The History of Comedy Self 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just for Laughs Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2017
No Score Yet 20% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet LatiNation Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell Executive Producer,
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2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2012

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