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Giveaway: NYC Readers, Here’s Your Chance To Attend W. Kamau Bell’s First TV Taping

Courtesy: W. Kamau Bell

By Arturo R. García

As Caitlin M. Boston let us know last month, comedian and podcaster W. Kamau Bell is about to make the jump to television with his upcoming show, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which will debut on FX at 11 p.m. on Aug. 9

Well, if you’re a Racializen in New York City Thursday June 7, you can be there for the show’s first taping!

We’ve got ten (10) tickets to give away so, as they say on the radio, the first 10 readers (who are at least 18 years of age) to drop me a line at arturo@racialicious.com will get the hook-up. (Update: Wanted to add this in so we’re clear: the taping will be for the show’s promo, but Bell will also be giving a brief performance.)

When FX sent us the tickets for this contest, they let us know that Bell’s show will touch on “politics, culture, race, religion, the media and sex.” In other words, as Caitlin wrote, it doesn’t look like he’ll be pulling any more punches on TV than on the stage. So if you want a taste of Bell’s style before entering–and your workplace won’t mind a few curse words toward the end of this bit–here’s a quick look at him in action:

Race + Comedy: W. Kamau Bell Rises Above The Curve With New Show

By Guest Contributor Caitlin M. Boston

Courtesy: W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell stands out. Tall, broad, and Black, with a coife au naturale, his physicality doesn’t exactly lend itself to anonymity; equipped with a booming base for a voice, he really doesn’t have a hope in hell of ever going unnoticed in an American crowd. But come this autumn, the impulses behind the diffident stares and sideways glances on the street will be a little bit more difficult for Bell to decipher, hoodie up or otherwise.

That’s because Bell, a comedian who could do a stand-up routine featuring nothing but heckler retorts at this point in his career, just inked a six-episode deal with the FX network (the “coolest of all the Fox’s,” as he calls them) executive-produced by Chris Rock.

In case that last part didn’t make your eyebrows shoot up, for Bell to garner Rock’s participation amounts to an endorsement from a comedy doyen: having established himself in the game as a headliner who can perform in any comedy club, anywhere, on his own terms, praise and a partnership from Rock is synonymous to a weighty nod of approval from Yoda (albeit, Bell says, a foul-mouthed, microphone-wielding version).

Bell officially announced last Thursday that his show would be called Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, debuting Aug. 9th at 11 pm. With the show set to follow Louie, created by and starring biracial comedian Louis C. K., the two programs together constitute a rarity in network television–a progressive comedy block not led by white people.

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