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The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour
The SF Playhouse
San Francisco, CA
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The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour


JUST LIKE SKINNY JEANS, superhero movies, and frozen yogurt, 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. Back in 2007, it was Celebrity Racism that was all the rage. (Imus, Kramer, Dog The Bounty Hunter, etc...) But since then things have changed. They have managed to get better... AND WORSE.

While we are amazingly at the dawn of America's first black president, Racism, in response, has redoubled --- no re-quadrupled --- its efforts. (See BArack The Magic Negro, Forbes Magazine's Best Places to Raise a Family, the media blaming black people for the passage of Prop 8, and most of the comments on Kamau's YouTube page). Well, W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it. And because Racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by adding new material at every performance.

The W. Kamau Bell Curve is inspired by the work of several different comedians: the passionate, agenda driven comedy of Bill Hicks, the free flowing, talking shows of Henry Rollins, the soul baring honesty of Margaret Cho's "I'm The One That I Want," the take no prisoners and leave no stone unturned style of Dave Chappelle, and the ripped from the headlines relevance of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, and solo theatrical performance which regularly leaves people gasping for air from laughter and hungry for more. And as always...


This past year, The W. Kamau Bell Curve played to sold out houses at The Shelton Theater in San Francisco, as well as the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley, Pro Arts in Oakland, and most recently The Climate Theater in San Francisco. And now it's back by popular demand and critical acclaim...


Dont Miss: The W. Kamau Bell Curve!
--- Mary Eisenhart, The San Francisco Chronicle

"W. Kamau Bell plays against type and comes with not only the insights you wish you had spewed first but also the wit."
--- Kimberly Chun, The SF Bay Guardian

"Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho, Bell's pissed off about recent celebrity racism... Bell manages to make jokes out of the whole situation, while remaining completely furious."
--- Hiya Swanhuyser, The SF Weekly

By making no subject off limits, keeping no discrimination too taboo, and leaving no room for self-denial, Kamau's Bell Curve is not only a powerful comedic performance but an outlet for a necessary dialogue.
--- Lauren Mahler,

"Do we have a new S.F. performance king? Apparently so."
--- The SF Weekly


W. KAMAU BELL was recently honored as the 2008 Bay Area Comedian of the Year by the San Francisco Weekly. His television appearances include Comedy Centrals Premium Blend and Comics Unleashed. He recently found out that he was the first stand-up comedian on Comedy Central to tell a Barack Obama joke --- waaaaaaay back in 2005.

Also in 2005, Kamau was chosen to appear at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. In 2006, he was featured in the book What Would Bill Hicks Say? Kamau can be heard on radio station Live 105 and online at Roof Top Comedy, as half of the rant and rave team, Siskel and Negro. Since 2007, in addition to frequent stand-up appearances, Kamau has been regularly performing his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.  Kamau is most proud of co-founding The Solo Performance Workshop (2005), a school for emerging artists. Currently Enzo Lombard's "Love, Humiliation, & Karaoke" which was directed by Kamau is running at Stage Werx Theatre.

Kamau has been profiled in several different newspapers, including The San Francisco Chronicle on four different occasions (once not ironically during Black History Month). The SF Weekly called him "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."

"The W. Kamau Bell Curve"
Written and Performed by W. Kamau Bell
Directed by Martha Rynberg
Produced by Bruce Pachtman, Lisa-Marie Rollins, and Ilya Tovbis

Jan 8th - Feb 28
Thurs - Sat at 8:00
SF Playhouse Studio Theater
533 Sutter Street
San Francisco

General Admission $25
Bring a friend of a different race, get in 2for1



The SF Playhouse
533 Sutter Street (@Powell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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