W. KAMAU BELL with RON PLACONE
IN PITTSBURGH, ONE NIGHT ONLY
Date: October 22nd, 2011
Venue: Papa J’s Centro, 212 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1616
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
with Ron Placone & Jamie Bono
‘W Kamau Bell is ferociously funny.’ ROBIN WILLIAMS
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Fresh off a successful showing of his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where it was a comedy pick in The Guardian and The Independent) W. Kamau Bell brings his politically charged comedy to Pittsburgh for one night only.
Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau was recently named “Comedian of the Year” by SF Weekly and “Best Comedian” by the SF Bay Guardian. His solo show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” has long sold out runs in San Francisco and enjoyed an extended run as part of the 2010 soloNova Festival at PS122. As racism finds new ways in which to raise its ugly head, Kamau finds new material to fight back, resulting in an ever-maturing show that packs in as much punch as it does laughter lines. Kamau has also released two stand-up comedy CDs, ‘One Night Only’ and ‘Face Full Of Flour’ which was named one of the ten best comedy albums of 2010 by both iTunes and Punchline Magazine.
Kamau has twice appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has been featured on HBO Canada. Kamau has also been featured at the 2009 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the 2010 and 2011 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the 2010 New York Comedy Festival, the 2011 Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and the 2011 Edinurgh Fringe Festival. He spent two years appearing regularly on radio station Live 105 as half of the movie review team ‘Siskel & Negro’ (Kamau is Negro). Kamau has another podcast with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid called The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture (legally, all of Kamau’s podcasts must have “Negro” in the title).
Kamau is a great social and racial commentator, combining his sharp insights with a hefty dollop of mischief so that his weighty topic is delivered with a skilful lightness of touch. Time Out NY selected him as a 2010 critic’s pick, gave his show “FOUR STARS” and offered that, “Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality.” The SF Weekly has 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 called him “handsome.”
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY:
‘Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality.’
TIME OUT NEW YORK ****
‘The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit.’ THE SAN FRANCISCO GUARDIAN ****
‘One of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit and a willingness to say what you quickly realize you’ve always thought. He is relentlessly intelligent, fusing references to create a rich expression of incredulity in a post-Obama world.’ PUNCHLINE MAGAZINE
‘Smart, stylish and very much in the mould of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho.’ THE SF WEEKLY
“W Kamau Bell plays against type and comes with not only the insights you wish you had spewed first but also the wit.’ THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN