W. Kamau Bell

Brooke Anderson

On Thursday, October 27th at 7pm, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

 It's the show's first anniversary, and W. Kamau Bell's guests included Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Death Sex & Money creator Anna Sale, and Jessi Klein, executive producer for Inside Amy Schumer and writer on Transparent.  Plus, live music from Bells Atlas and the latest from Mother Jones investigative reporter Shane Bauer

Dan Roth

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Swedish-American Hall in San Francisco.

Host W. Kamau Bell was joined by comedian Hari Kondabolu, adult entrepreneur Nenna Joiner, and the San Francisco Chronicle's Rachel Swan.  Kamau also has an Awkward Talk with a Bay Area Trump supporter and welcomed back musical guest Brontez Purnell.

Dan Roth

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Kamau Right Now! broadcast from the New Parish in Oakland.  Host W. Kamau Bell was joined by comedian Irene Tu, storyteller and showman Jamie DeWolf, and urban ethnographer Nikki Jones.

Soraya Matos

On June 16, 2016, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Starline Social Club in Oakland.  

Dan Roth

On Thursday, March 17th, Kamau Right Now! was broadcast live from Impact Hub in downtown Oakland.  Joining W. Kamau Bell were social justice leader Lateefah Simon, journalist and hip hop historian Dave "Davey D." Cook, poet-comedian Bucky Sinister.  Plus, an "awkward talk" with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and music from Bhi Bhiman.   

Shipra Shukla

On February 18th, Kamau Right Now! was broadcast live from The Swedish American Hall in San Francisco.  Joining W. Kamau Bell were feminist culture critic Lindy West, top Bay Area comic Kaseem Bentley, cheap living expert Broke-Ass Stuart, and San Francisco police officer Yulanda Williams. Plus, original music from rapper-comedian Zach Sherwin!

Olivia Henry

On January 21st, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from The New Parish in Oakland.  W. Kamau Bell's guests included comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, Oakland city council member Rebecca Kaplan, artist & agitator Favianna Rodriguez, and Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale Station and Creed. Plus, music from Antique Naked Soul

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Finally, Good News on the School to Prison Pipeline // New America Media

"Studies show that the vast majority of youth in the juvenile justice system were suspended from school before winding up incarcerated or on probation. And the majority of adult inmates in state prisons around the country were once in the juvenile system. Hence the pipeline – from school suspension to juvenile hall to the penitentiary."

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from W. Kamau Bell and Kate Willett.


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In the auditorium of Willard Middle School, about 300 people have gathered, many of them sitting on those rickety school bucket chairs, the ones that make most adults hunch over awkwardly. Sitting on stage in front of a tattered green velvet curtain is an eight member panel; a combination of husbands and wives, comedians and scholars, teachers and students.


The Bay Area is a destination for both established comedians coming through on tour, and aspiring ones trying to get their start here. Nato Green is a little different: he’s a San Francisco comedian born and bred.

These days, Green is helping shine a light on fellow comics in the Bay Area. He’s partnering with local comedy distributor Rooftop Media for a new series airing on KALW called FSFSF.

NATO GREEN: We’re pulling clips of Bay Area comedians, past and present to highlight some of the local comedy scene. At some point, the San Francisco media for the most part stopped paying attention to local comedy. This segment, FSFSF, is driven by my fury, quite frankly, at every reporter who periodically will run a retrospective about the great comedy days at the Holy City Zoo. And it was great, but we're still doing great comedy. And if you do not go see live comedy in the Bay Area, you have only yourself to blame.

FSFSF premieres on Monday, March 2nd and will air weekdays during the 4:20pm break in KALW's presentation of All Things Considered.

Ameen Belbahri

Maybe you support the Occupy movement, or maybe you don't. Or maybe you take this point of view:

NATO GREEN: I want to be for the 99%, but I don't know if you realize this, that's a lot of people, including a lot of assholes. And most of us given the opportunity would be able to say, would want to be able to say, "I'm for the 99%, asterisk, except some people." And then we'd have our own lists!