The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
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You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him, "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe in The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor, writing, "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable." After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.
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        April 3, 2017
        With insight and aplomb, stand-up comedian Bell recounts his career arc, including numerous asides on personal and political topics such as why most black superheroes are boring, the casual racism that African-Americans have to contend with every day, and the ramifications of Trump being elected president. Bell grew up in Chicago in the 1980s, an unathletic and asthmatic kid who was way more interested in superheroes and Bruce Lee than football or baseball. He floundered until he found his calling: stand-up comedy. Though his career went moderately well, he didn’t find his footing until he created The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, a solo show that was a mix of social commentary and stand-up. It not only refined his point of view but eventually led to his current stint hosting CNN’s United Shades of America. Those unfamiliar with Bell’s work or expecting a lighthearted read from a popular comedian will be surprised by the book’s breadth and depth as he details the Machiavellian machinations (and general ineptitude) of agents and media moguls and offers prescient social commentary. This informative read will be illuminating and worthwhile for aspiring comedians and general readers.

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        June 5, 2017
        Comedian and political gadfly Bell, who hosts CNN’s United Shades of America, reflects on his place in the world and the challenges facing both marginalized and dominant cultures in the 21st century, while charting the arc of his comedy career and early influencers. With television and stand-up comedy experience, Bell makes the perfect narrator. His baritone voice is convivial and he reads in a fluid, conversational manner. Whether recounting growing up in Chicago in the 1980s or his experiences as a black man married to a white woman, Bell livens his narrative with impersonations of family and friends and strong comedic timing. He reads at a satisfying pace while subtly building up toward more serious and humorous moments in his memoir. A Dutton hardcover.

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        April 1, 2017
        The "sociopolitical comedian" shares his opinions and stories from his life.Best known for his socially conscious, political style, Bell, the host of CNN's United Shades of America, offers readers more of the same in his first book. The author riffs on pop-culture topics such as being a "blerd"--i.e., black nerd--his childhood love of superheroes, why Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time (an idea he originally discussed in a podcast series), the film Creed, and social issues such as sexism and racism from personal experiences. Fittingly, he also dedicates chapters to his thoughts on the recent presidential election and the state of the Democratic Party. Bell's brand of comedy is insightful at times, but oftentimes the punch line or message is immediately obvious from the outset, and there is a one-dimensional tendency to many of his bits that begins to grow tiresome after a few chapters. The author is at his best when he recounts his early stand-up career in the 1990s and the comedy business in general. He recalls how the comedy boom of the '80s had burst, and he was left trying to find his personal and professional identity in this new era. It was then that Bell learned to use current events as source material--though during his first experience doing so, in which he joked about the Rodney King beating, he was booed offstage. It wasn't until 2007 that Bell began to truly find his voice with his one-man show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which mixed "personal stories, late night theories, and topical news stories" and incorporated what would become his signature social critique. Though Bell's social commentary is hit-or-miss, he is establishing himself as one of the most outspoken comedians of our time. A unique perspective of the development of identity comedy in the 21st century.

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        January 1, 2017
        The host of CNN's Emmy-nominated United Shades of America, Bell uses his own life--e.g., his interracial marriage and early career struggles--to discuss major issues from race relations to right-wing politics. A keynote speaker at ALA Midwinter.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell will be a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his...
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