• Watch a preview: Aparna Nancherla’s Half-Hour Comedy Central special premieres tonight!

    Aparna Nancherla is one of very few comedians who can combine an absurdist aesthetic with a relatable set of premises to excellent effect. She is, in my opinion, one of the best joke writers of our time. And because of this, I’ve often thought it would be swell if someone would develop an app that would automatically re-tweet certain accounts as soon as they post. It would save me a few

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 79: Monty Python, John Oliver, The Simpsons (also strip clubs)

    This week on The Laughspin Podcast, Mike and I discuss the Monty Python reunion, the sad cancelation of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, why John Oliver is leaving the Daily Show, the future of The Simpsons and many more comedy news tidbits. We also talk a lot about strip clubs. So there’s that. If you are not a subscriber to The Laughspin Podcast, please do subscribe. Under the audio

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    Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell gets cancelled, last episode airs tonight

    The new network FXX, FX’s comedy-centric cable station, has axed its late-night program Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell due to low ratings. Bell’s show worked on FX playing once a week. During the last leg of its first season, Totally Biased attracted 372,000 pairs of eyeballs on average. Bell seemed to always be on edge about how long FX would keep his show on television, even though it is

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    W. Kamau Bell addresses Saturday Night Live race controversy on Totally Biased (Video)

    You may have noticed that since the 39th season of Saturday Night Live debuted two weeks ago – with six new cast members – there’s been some scuttlebutt over the lack of black women castmembers. Of the new hires, only one is a lady and all of them are white. Addressing said scuttlebutt, veteran SNL castmember Kenan Thompson said, “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions,

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 62: Interview with W. Kamau Bell of Totally Biased

    On this special episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with W. Kamau Bell, comedian and host of Totally Biased, a show that did so well in its first season on FX that it will start airing nightly (instead of just every Thursday) on Sept. 2 on FX’s sister network FXX. The interview went down in Kamau’s office, which he’s barely decorated in the year he’s

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    Conan O’Brien veteran Brian McCann joins Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (Exclusive)

    As if news that Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was going daily – instead of just every Thursday – wasn’t exciting enough, Laughspin can exclusively reveal that Brian McCann, who worked with Conan O’Brien for 17 years, has joined the FX show as a producer and writer. “I couldn’t be more excited to round out the diverse and talented staff at Totally Biased by supplying the rare ‘Irish White

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    Feminist writer debates Jim Norton: calls comedy clubs ‘dark basements full of angry men,’ makes rape joke (Video)

    Last night’s debate between comedian Jim Norton and Jezebel writer Lindy West on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was moving swimmingly until the latter characterized comedy clubs as “dark basements full of angry men.” It was in response to Bell’s question, “Are comedy clubs inherently hostile environments for women?” to which a reasonable feminist would have immediately exclaimed “no” followed by an explanation of how a comedy club –

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    FX renews Jim Jefferies show Legit, Totally Biased, The League, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    Comedian Jim Jefferies’ series Legit has been renewed for a second season, FX executives announced today as part of an overall announcement about the future of its comedy programming. The show, which follows the lives of Jefferies (as a touring comedian) and his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Steve’s disabled brother (DJ Qualls), will join Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell – renewed for a second season – as

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    Comedian Guy Branum is seriously pissed off about seemingly homophobic football players (Video)

    Last night on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, writer and comedian Guy Branum delivered an impassioned (and hilarious) response to the seemingly trio of homophobic San Francisco 49ers players. And we loved it. And so here it is. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud for all the latest comedy news, audio clips and more! Listen to the most recent episode

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    George Takei tells W. Kamau Bell that Donald Trump is ready to support gay rights (Video)

    Last night on Totally Biased, geek icon George Takei sat down with host W. Kamau Bell for a laid back chat about how the Star Trek favorite has evolved into a gay rights activist (after coming out, himself) and a social media guru at the age of 75. Takei also revealed that ultra-conservative and not-exactly-accepting rich guy Donald Trump might be ready to publicly support gay rights and marriage equality.

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    FX renews W. Kamau Bell and Russell Brand shows for full 13-episode seasons

    Over the last few years it’s become obvious that FX is not taking its comedy programming lightly. The network’s latest move only reinforces their strategy, as they’ve announced they’ll be renewing their late-night offerings Russell Brand’s Brand X and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. And that’s not all: Brand X will shift from its current 30-minute format to a full hour! Viewers will get a taste of that during

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    Lewis Black: George Bush Jr. looks positively Jamaican compared to Mitt Romney (Video)

    On last night’s Totally Biased, Lewis Black stopped by to chat with host W. Kamau Bell about sports, men’s fashion and low-calorie alternatives to cheeseburgers. JK! They talked about the election, you silly geese. What else would they talk about? In fact, the veteran comedian and the rising comedy star spoke about what made Romney lose the election (hint: it has something to do with the headline above), the fundamental

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    Women are killing it: ‘Totally Biased’ writers Janine Brito and Aparna Nancherla testify (Video)

    On last night’s new episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, show writers Janine Brito and Aparna Nancherla delivered an impassioned, well-researched and, at times, frightening speech about the state of women’s empowerment. Check it out below and pass on the message! Nice cameo by Kevin Avery.

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    W. Kamau Bell preps for stand-up tour, tickets on sale today

    It’s been a big year for W. Kamau Bell. His Chris Rock-produced show Totally Biased on FX was renewed for a second cycle – starting Oct. 11 – and now he’s gearing up for a live stand-up tour. Tickets for the The Kamau Mau Uprising just went on sale today, and you can snag yours at wkamaubell.com. The full dates are below! 12/7 Largo Los Angeles, CA special guest TBA

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    W. Kamau Bell gives Laughspin a tour of Totally Biased…or does he? (Video)

    After you tune in to Louie this Thursday on FX, comedian W. Kamau Bell will debut his Chris Rock-produced show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell at 11 pm EST. The weekly series will find Bell dissecting that current week’s social, political and pop cultural happenings– with a heavy dose of humor, of course. Backed by a talented team of writers, including Janine Brito, Dwayne Kennedy, Kevin Kataoka, Danny Vermont,

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