"The W. Kamau Bell Curve" is the local comedian's new show, which is "designed to end racism in about an hour." Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho, Bell's pissed off about recent celebrity racism. Explaining the show, he notes that something retro is invading pop culture, and it's not '80s night at the disco: It's blatant 1950s style namecalling. We don't really have to recite the embarrassing litany of race-hate by famous white people, do we? Bell says the show is inspired by them and "the next dumbass, uninformed celebrity who says something incredibly and unapologetically racist." We hate to prove him right, but it's Dog the Bounty Hunter, whose recent n-word laced phone conversation makes it clear he's about as egalitarian as Bull Connor. But Bell, who you may know from his apperances on Live 105 as half of the "Siskel & Negro" movie-reviewing combo, manages to make jokes out of the whole situation, while remaining completely furious. To facilitate ending racism, bring a friend of a different race to the show, and your friend gets in free. Funk/soul band Conjure opens.
Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 24, 8 p.m., 2007