The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism In About An Hour

By Sarah Schlesinger

The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism In About An Hour is an incredibly funny and thought-provoking show. Written and performed by W. Kamau Bell, this one-person show was a dynamic combination of stand-up comedy, technological innovation, brute honesty and audience interaction.

Since Obama's inauguration as President, some people have been saying that we live in a "post-racial" era. Kamau is quick to point out that this means absolutely nothing; post-racial is not a real word (he checked the dictionary), and racism is still rampant in America. Bringing in personal stories, popular culture, and politics (with a lot of laughs) Kamau's point is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. Not only does Kamau talk about racism towards African Americans, but also towards every other minority group; everyone who's "different". He touches on sexual orientation, religion, and discrimination of every sort and explores how all of this effects us as a people and as a nation. He uses well-timed slides to emphasize his points, which is a great affect.

I most definitely recommend this show. It's something that every person should see, regardless of race, because we are not in a post-racial country by far. There is no better way to see the truth than to see it through humor, and this show has more than ample amounts of both. Your cheeks will be sore from laughing, guaranteed.

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