W. Kamau Bell stars in his first solo stand-up special “W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro” premiering Friday, April 29th at 10 p.m. on SHOWTIME.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me” and “Freakonomics”) and filmed before a live audience at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, the film features Bell’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few.
“I have been a huge fan of Kamau for years, and when he approached me about directing his first big time comedy special, I jumped at the chance,” said Spurlock. “As a lifelong fan of standup comedy and specials, I thought this opportunity was too good to miss.”
Bell added, “I’m extremely excited to finally release a one-hour comedy special on SHOWTIME. And the fact that it is directed by one of my favorite filmmakers ever, Morgan Spurlock, is too much to have hoped for. We live in critical times and comedy can help make those times a little bit easier to deal with. I hope that ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ can help people laugh and deal with these times. Also I hope it helps me afford better health insurance. Specifically dental and vision.”
Bell can also be seen hosting CNN’s upcoming series “United Shades of America,” public radio talk show, “Kamau Right Now!” on KALW in San Francisco and the popular podcast “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period.”
“W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro” is executive produced by Bell, Spurlock, Michele Armour and Jeremy Chilnick.
Watch a preview below: