Carl Reiner said, “Comedy springs from the inner workings of society, and shows us how it is constructed, how it operates, where it has broken down…. Comedians, like poets and children, make us look at things so commonplace we pass by without noticing them, or so disturbing we prefer not to face them.”
Kamau Bell’s standup comedy has resonated for years for precisely these reasons. Not only is he damn funny, he’s able to scathingly comment on matters of race, politics, and social issues in America. When you have something to say, and you can say it in a way that makes people laugh, it opens up a door to conversation and change.
Emmy-nominated comic and host of CNN’s United Shades of America, Kamau is on tour supporting his show and his new book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell. He’ll appear live in Norfolk on Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. at the Attucks Theatre. ).
To get you revved up for his appearance in Norfolk on Saturday, check out his recent appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:
His recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:
And one of his most famous tracks from his Semi Prominent Negro album, “How Do You Know It Was Racism”:
For more information and tickets, go here.