• W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

    AUSTIN — If Friday’s comedians at Fun Fun Fun Fest contended with the low lows of celebrity and popular culture, Saturday’s theme might as well have been “Damn the man, save the Empire.” Politics, politics, and more politics. W. Kamau Bell’s set, for example, offered an appealing blend of his personal experiences and political critique that had the audience at once laughing and thinking carefully about how race works in

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    Laughspin Podcast, episode 84: Live with guests Colin Quinn, W. Kamau Bell and Dave Hill

    We change things up on a new episode of the Laughspin Podcast. For the first time, we’re live and in front of an audience. This special episode was produced for the NY Podfest and was recorded on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Fontana’s in New York. Our guests were comedians Colin Quinn, W. Kamau Bell and Dave Hill. Before taking questions from the audience, we had some great discussions about the

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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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    Paula Deen issues video apology for being racist, but not before John Oliver and W. Kamau Bell have their say (Updated)

    UPDATE– 5:10 pm ET: Paula Deen has been fired from the Food Network. Her contract is up in June and it will not be renewed, the network confirmed. —————- Last night on Totally Biased, W. Kamau Bell took on Paula Deen after a deposition surfaced in which it was alleged the Food Network chef admitted to using the n-word. Former employees, who have accused Deen and some of her restaurant

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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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    New season of John Oliver’s New York Standup Show will feature W. Kamau Bell, Paul F. Tompkins, Reggie Watts, more!

    Dear, readers in the New York tri-state area: Cancel your evening plans from June 3rd to June 5th (Instant Netflix will still be there when you get home) because John Oliver will be taping the fourth season of Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Standup Show at Webster Hall and you can be there as a witness. Tickets are available through The Black List NYC. There will be three shows

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    Laughspin Podcast episode 44: Jimmy Fallon, Christopher Titus, Conan O’Brien

    Dylan and Mike deliver great news for fans of Jim Jefferies, W. Kamau Bell, Conan O’Brien and many more and they listen to Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno sing a duet. We also hear clips from Louis C.K. and David Cross, and much more. NOTE: This was recorded right before it was announced Fallon would take over the Tonight Show; hence the absence of that news. Each week on the

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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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    Lewis Black, Bill Burr, DL Hughley and more to play Laughfest; tickets on sale Nov. 30

    When Laughfest hits Grand Rapids, MI this coming March, it will mark the 10-day festival’s third installment, yet it’s wise beyond its years. Having already welcomed some of the biggest names in comedy (think Bill Cosby, Betty White, Jim Gaffigan) into the close-knit city during its first two colossal efforts, organizers this year had the challenge of producing an event to meet the comedy world’s expectations. And judging by those

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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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