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Chris Rock-Produced Late Night Series Starring W. Kamau Bell Gets Title, Debut Date, Promo

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 3, 2012 12:06 PM
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Announced in March... the FX network greenlit a new weekly half-hour late night series exec-produced by Chris Rock, starring standup comedian W. Kamau Bell, in which he'll "dissect politics, pop culture, race, religion, the media and sex."

The network ordered 6 episodes of the series, which I've now learned will be titled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, with a premiere officially set for Thursday, August 9th, at 11p, only on FX.

Chris Rock will only be involved behind the scenes; although a cameo appearance now and then probably isn't out of the question.

I think Kamau is one of the funniest guys out there and I can’t wait to work with the good people at FX,” Chris Rock said. 

And if Chris Rock (who I think is one of the smartest funniest comedians in the mainstream) says he's "one of the funniest guys out there," you should run with that.

Watch the short promo for Totally Biased below; and underneath, watch Bell work on stage from his well-traveled show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which he's performed for Comedy Central:

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  • YobabyYobabyYo | July 25, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    *EDIT* (Typing on the phone is a bad idea!)
    When I first heard about this, it really broke my heart. I can't find words to describe how basic and UNfunny Kamau Bell is.
    Chris Rock has produced some messed up work, but re: recognition and commitment to smart comedy, I want to think he's stronger at discernment than that. Comedy isn't completely sacred, but it felt like one of the few realms of performance where talent and political voice had a chance at resisting compromise. While some of Chris Rock's movies bury astute, intelligent observation and critique deep inside a mountain of silliness (and there's room in the world for silliness), I wish he would use his resources to support fresher, more interesting political perspective or at least a talent for comedy.
    I saw Kamau's show on television, caught a live show in Oakland, and randomly heard him speak on a talk-back panel that followed a dance performance exploring race (I gave him a chance!). It's not that he should be less conservative (there's room for that in the world, too) it's that he should find more nuance and wit. He's serving the kids Elon James White realness, and it's a shame. White women and guilty white liberal audiences (Laura's observation was spot-on) can have him. Pa-assss.

  • YobabyYobabyYo | July 25, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    When I first heard about this, it really broke my heart. I can't find words for how basic and funny Kamau Bell is.  

    Chris Rock has produced some messed up work, but re: recognition and commitment to smart comedy, I want to think he's stronger at discernment than that.  Comedy isn't completely sacred, but it felt like one of the few realms of performance where talent and political voice had a chance at resisting compromise.  While some of Chris Rock's movies bury astute, intelligent observation and critique deep inside a mountain of silliness (and there's room in the world for silliness), I wish he would use his resources to support fresher, more interesting political perspective or at least a talent for comedy. 

    I saw Kamau's show on television, caught a live show in Oakland, and randomly heard him speak on a talk-back panel that followed a dance performance exploring race (I gave him a chance!).  It's not that he should be less conservative, it's that he should find more wit.  White women and guilty white liberal audiences (Laura's observation was spot-on) can have him. Pa-assss.

  • ChgoSista | July 6, 2012 4:26 PMReply

    Met & interviewed him when he was here in Chicago for the TBS "Just for Laughs" Festival. If he's "stuck-up," he wasn't THAT day--and as far as "not speaking to black women," well, I'm black, and not only did he 'talk' to me, but when his handlers let him know he had to leave, he apologized that our chat couldn't have been longer... *shrug*

  • bondgirl | July 5, 2012 1:46 PMReply

    Did this cretin really insinuate that he married a white woman because black women are hostile? That he hopes his children can physically pass for white? That anti-gay laws are equal to Jim Crow laws? PASSSSSS.

  • Laura | July 5, 2012 9:18 AMReply

    He's just the liberal version of Herman Caine, Jesse Patterson, and all the other opportunistic black wingnuts. His audience is guilty white liberal. Makes Toure look like Spike Lee. I will definitely pass.

  • Janet Maxon | July 4, 2012 12:09 AMReply

    This dude is from the SF bay area, he's stuck up don't speak to black women married to a fugly ww, only hang with wp. Chris Rock is seeing dollar signs on this dude, trust, he's a stereotype a wanna be white dark skin bm, we've seen this type over and over. Just wait for his anti-bw jokes.

  • sellout | July 4, 2012 4:19 PM

    I saw how he ended his routine. Foreshadowing for him, perhaps...

  • troy | July 3, 2012 1:38 PMReply

    Chris Rock, is mainstream comedy's Steve Harvey. Key objectifier.

  • Broke Comedian | July 3, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Good to see FX taking a shot with on this brother, good, bad or otherwise.

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