The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour
BRING A FRIEND OF A DIFFERENT RACE & GET IN 2 for 1!
After more than two years on the road and away from San Francisco, The W. Kamau Bell Curve returns to the very theater where it was born for two shows only! Kamau is doing these shows to get ready for his UK debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Come and help send him off in style!
Both shows feature Kamau in a post show talkback and Q&A session with the audience hosted by Colorlines and The Applied Research Center.
The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour is one part manifesto, one part diatribe, and several parts funny. Kamau has taken The Curve to loads of colleges, and to other cool places like the New York International Fringe Festival, the Facing Race Conference, the NY Comedy Festival (where he was a critic's pick in Time Out NY) and to the soloNOVA Festival. This year included a stop at NACA's national conference.
"W. Kamau Bell is the most important guy doing comedy right now. Do yourself a favor and go see him. He's got the most astute, hilarious and completely righteous material going and he's going to be a legend in his own lifetime like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. Think Bill Hicks but slightly taller."
"W. Kamau Bell is ferociously funny!"
- Robin Williams
Just like skinny jeans, superhero movies, and celebrity weight loss, racism continues to make a comeback. In 2007, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour opened big and came out swinging against big targets. And since then the targets have only gotten bigger (see The Tea Party) and crazier (see The Tea Party). America has elected its first black president, and in response, racism has redoubled no, re-quadrupled its efforts. While the economy fails, racism is thriving. Whether it's Rush Limbaugh's & Glenn Beck's daily treason, OR tea parties that look like casual Fridays at Ku Klux Klan rallies, OR the state of Arizona saying, "How do you propose that we get rid of all these Mexicans?" OR the continued broadcast of BET, racism hasn't run this rampant since Martin Luther King, Jr. had that dream. And meanwhile black people wonder if they elected a black president or a president who is black. And the country is bankrupt. We're still fighting wars in places where we have no business or plan or even a business plan. And Sarah Palin won't shut up.
Lucky for us, W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it all. The Curve is a comedic exploration of the current state of America's racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. The Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance.
Stage Werx Theatre
533 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102