W. KAMAU BELL appeared on Comedy Central in 2005 and told a joke about the junior senator from Illinois and his chances of becoming the first black president. (Not very good according to Kamau) Comedy Central later announced that joke was the very first joke about Barack Obama. For this, Kamau was named on that network’s list of Best 100 Obama Moments.
W. Kamau Bell’s long-running solo performance, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, earned accolades from East Bay Express theater critic Rachel Swan, who wrote: ” The show combines personal anecdotes…with wry observations about the world. “The SF Weekly honored Kamau as the Comedian of the Year in 2008 and also profiled him in a cover story in 2009. Comedy Central also invited Kamau to perform his critically acclaimed solo show at their theater in Hollywood.
Kamau has appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and is half the entertainment podcast Siskel & Negro which can be heard online at their podcast at Roof Top Comedy. (Kamau is Negro.) Kamau’s TV appearances include Comics Unleashed, KQED’s Spark, ABC’s View From The Bay, and Filter on G4.
Since 2007, Kamau has been regularly performing his hit solo show. As a writer, Kamau is featured in the book What Would Bill Hicks Say? Kamau has been profiled in several different newspapers, including four separate occasions in the San Francisco Chronicle — even once (not ironically) during Black History Month. The SF Weekly called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho” — though he was more excited that they also called him “handsome.”