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The SPW GUILD, with W.Kamau Bell - Saturday afternoons
San Francisco, CA
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The SPW GUILD, with W.Kamau Bell - Saturday afternoons

The Guild is designed to support Solo Performance Workshop alumni as they create and assemble a full length show. Participation is by invitation only.

ABOUT W. KAMAU BELL (facilitator & co-founder):

W. KAMAU BELL understands even more than most comedians that timing is everything. Waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2005 he appeared on Comedy Central and told his joke about the junior senator from Illinois and his chances of becoming the first black president. Comedy Central later announced that W. Kamau Bell had told the very first joke about Barack Obama. For this, Kamau was named on that network's list of Best 100 Obama Moments. Comedy Central also invited Kamau to perform his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, at their theater in Hollywood. The San Francisco Weekly honored Kamau as "Comedian of the Year" in 2008 and also profiled him in a cover story in 2009.

And that's not everything. Kamau has appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was the only comedian to perform at both the New Faces Show and Best of The Uptown Comics. Kamau spent two years appearing regularly on radio station Live 105 as half of the movie review team Siskel & Negro. (Kamau is Negro.) The duo can still be heard online at their podcast at Roof Top Comedy. In addition to Comedy Central, Kamau's other TV appearances include Comics Unleashed, KQED's Spark, ABC's View From The Bay, and Filter on G4. As a writer, Kamau is featured in the book, What Would Bill Hicks Say? And, since 2007, Kamau has been regularly performing his hit solo show, The Curve, which has traveled to The 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. But Kamau is most proud of co-founding The Solo Performance Workshop (2005), a course for emerging artists.

Kamau has been profiled in several different newspapers, including four separate occasions in The San Francisco Chronicle (once even, not ironically, during Black History Month). The San Francisco Weekly called Kamau  - smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho - but he was more excited that they called him handsome.



533 Sutter St (at Powell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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


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