W. Kamau Bell
Not too many standup comedians have made the leap from the stage to late-night talk show host without having ever hit the road as a national headliner, but that's exactly what W. Kamau Bell has done this past year. As the host of FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, the comic has changed the face of late night thanks to his refreshingly straight-forward approach to race, politics, gay marriage, and, in some cases, baked goods. "I'm still getting used to interviewing people," he says of his new job. "Like with Wanda Sykes, for example, you've got to ask her about gay marriage. I mean, she's in a gay marriage so you can't not ask it. But I also wanted to ask her about sweet-potato pie, so I did it. One for them; one for me." This week, Bell brings "The Kamau Uprising" show to the Cedar as part of his first-ever national headlining tour. "My show is going to be from my perspective. If you like the talk show, you'll probably like my act," he says. "I look at standup like music; there's something for everyone. I'm glad I'm playing at a place that isn't a comedy club, because that means the people coming to see me are really there for me. If we get 10 people in there, then I know those 10 people are really excited for the show." Bell isn't completely above marketing himself, however: Anyone who brings a friend of a different race to the show gets in on a two-for-one ticket special. With Janine Brito. (Photo by Beth Allen)
Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 2012
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