Walter Kamau Bell (better known as W. Kamau Bell) is an American stand-up comic. Prominent within the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene, he is best known as the former host of the FXX television series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Bell graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and attended the University of Pennsylvania before dropping out to pursue a career in comedy. After establishing himself as sociopolitical comedian and community activist based in San Francisco, Bell became a founding member of the comedy collective "Laughter Against the Machine" and has been featured in a number of prominent podcasts and publications, such as WTF with Marc Maron, Citizen Radio, and Current TV's The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, on which Bell is a regular correspondent.
In 2010, Bell's stand up album Face Full of Flour was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine.
In 2012, Bell was voted San Francisco's best comedian by the San Francisco Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine.
In October 2013, Bell was named the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador on racial justice.
That year, Bell also began to host a weekly television series on FX, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The show, which provided comedic commentary on social and political issues in addition to celebrity interviews, ran until November 2013 before being cancelled.
Bell currently co-hosts the podcast The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, writes the blog "Kamau's Komedy Korner" for the San Francisco Weekly, and sits on the board of The Applied Research Center.
On January 26 2015, Bell and his wife Melissa were involved in what was an incident of racial prejudice at the Elmwood Cafe on College Avenue, a Berkeley, California restaurant. A woman who worked at the cafe asked Bell, who is black, to leave when he was outside talking at a table with his wife, their baby daughter Juno, and three of his wife's female friends and their babies, who were all white. The incident sparked a controversy in the media and eventually was featured in an episode of the NPR radio series This American Life entitled Birds & Bees. Bell narrated his portion of the episode.
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