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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

Author: W Kamau Bell
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, 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 from 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."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bell, W. Kamau.
Awkward thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.
New York : Dutton, 2017
(DLC) 2017016810
Named Person: W Kamau Bell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Kamau Bell
ISBN: 9781101985878 1101985879
OCLC Number: 981907489
Description: viii, 340 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
My awkward youth : awkward thoughts about superheroes and Doc McStuffins --
My awkward blackness : awkward thoughts about sports --
My awkward start in stand-up comedy : awkward thoughts about Denzel Washington --
My awkward middle in stand-up comedy : awkward thoughts about Creed --
My awkward sexism : awkward thoughts about being a black male, six feet four inches tall in America --
My awkward love of a white woman : awkward thoughts about white guys --
My awkwardly awesome parenting skills : awkward thoughts about 11/9 --
My awkward failure as a late-night talk show host : awkward thoughts about the Democratic party --
My awkward joking around with the KKK : awkward thoughts about missing President Obama --
My most awkward birthday ever --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: W. Kamau Bell.

Abstract:

"You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, 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 from 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 is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing 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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