Laughter Against The Machine presents: The Writers of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

Laughter Against The Machine presents: The Writers of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

On Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Bell dissects a multitude of topics including politics, pop culture, race, religion, and the media. The series features his commentary along with features from other contributors and sketch comedy. The six half-hour installments of the series are shot in New York City. Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar, W. Kamau Bell and Keri Smith Esquia are Executive Producers.

W. Kamau Bell

As the host and star of the FX show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," Kamau is one of the fastest rising stars in the political comedy world. Praised by Punchline Magazine as “one of our country’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit,” Kamau was recently named “Comedian of the Year” by SF Weekly and “Best Comedian” by the SF Bay Guardian. His new stand up album, Face Full of Flour, just made the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010 list at both iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Kamau’s critically acclaimed solo show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” has long sold out runs in San Francisco and enjoyed an extended in New York as part of this year’s soloNova Festival at PS122. Kamau recently performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where his set was filmed for HBO Canada, at the New York Comedy Festival, where he was a critic’s pick in Time Out NY, who gave it “FOUR STARS” and offered that, “Bell finds comic gold in the wide range of material he mines, offering provocative insights into an ugly reality.” The SF Weekly has called Kamau “smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho,” though he was more excited that they called him “handsome.”

Janine Brito

Currently a writer for FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," Janine Brito started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. A rising star on the San Francisco scene, she is a regular at the Punch Line, winner of the 2009 SF Women's Comedy Competition, recipient of Rooftop Comedy's 2010 Silver Nail Award, and was just named the 2011 “Best Comedian with a Message” by the East Bay Express. Praised by 7x7 Magazine as "one of SF's more daring voices" and one of "the 7 funniest people in town," this fall she'll head out on the road with fellow bay area comics, W. Kamau Bell and Nato Green, for their grassroots Laughter Against the Machine comedy tour to America's most volatile political hotspots. A sarcastic, snarky smart bomb of comedy funk straight from the 80's, Janine has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and The SF Weekly called her “a mean lesbian.” But she’s pretty sure that they meant it in a good way.

Nato Green

Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco's Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, SFist, and CBS. Nato is the creator of Iron Comic, the Iron Chef-spoofing comedy game show he sometimes co-hosts with Moshe Kasher. Nato has a regular column in the San Francisco Examiner, and his humor commentaries have appeared in VICE, Truthdig, Huffington Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. He also hosts FSFSF, a short spotlight on Bay Area comedy that airs every weekday during NPR's All Things Considered on 91.7FM KALW. He had a podcast The Nato Sessions, produced by 3200 Stories. Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and toured nationally with W. Kamau Bell & Janine Brito as Laughter Against the Machine.

Aparna Nancherla

Queen of that slightly cynical but innocent humor, Aparna Nancherla has been winning audiences everywhere she goes. You may have caught her on “Last Comic Standing”, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Aspen Rooftop or WTF podcast. Writer and player on W. Kamau Bell’s “Totally Biased” Aparna is sure to be soaking up the laughs. Look out for her on SF Sketchfest’s comedy lineup this year.

Kevin Avery

Kevin Avery is a writer and comedian originally from San Francisco, CA, whose high-energy brand of stand up has brought him to the finals of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and earned him a spot on Metropolitan Magazines list of Top 99 People to Watch. A regular opener for Dave Chappelle and David Alan Grier, Kevin has appeared at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, the 2009 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the 2009 LA Comedy Festival and the 2008 and 2010 SF Sketchfest. Kevin just wrapped up a series of headlining shows at the Punchline in San Francisco with fellow comic and co-conspirator W. Kamau Bell, which the SF Weekly called “as rare and magical as a sparkle-unicorn doing West Side Story choreography under a liquid light show.” Kevin is currently the head writer on "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" on FX.

Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical and rising.” He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He is currently a writer for FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, set to make its debut in August 2012. He will also be appearing on the third season of John Oliver’s New York Standup this summer. He made his UK television debut on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News in April 2011, which preceded a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He then had a regular segment on the first series of BBC3′s “Live at the Electric” starring Russell Kane. He has also appeared on Episode 69 (Live Portland Super Show) of WTF with Marc Maron. When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised, monthly talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist). He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist last November.



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