• Kimberly Popiolek


W. Kamau Bell, a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and community activist, began publicly tackling the issue of racism through comedy with the creation of his one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour.”

He will present that show, which he premiered in 2007,at Michigan State University at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre as part of the College of Arts & Letter’s Leading Voices Lecture Series and in celebration of Black History Month.

Since creating his one-man show, Bell has released two comedy albums, hosted various television shows, had his writing featured on VanityFair.com and MSNBC.com and appeared on many Comedy Central programs.

He began hosting the Emmy Award-nominated CNN documentary series, “The United Shades of America,” in April 2016. In the first few episodes alone, he travels the country speaking with prisoners, Latin Americans, police officers, hipsters and members of the Ku Klux Klan. The show recently was renewed for a second season.

In addition to these endeavors, Bell is the celebrity ambassador of racial justice for the American Civil Liberties Union and is on the advisory boards of the anti-harassment organizations, Hollaback! and Race.

Tickets to the Wharton Center event are available for purchase through the Wharton Center website or box office. For MSU students, faculty and staff, free tickets are available in advance with a valid MSU ID at the Wharton Center box office.

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