W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Kelly Carlin

The National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution present

W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Kelly Carlin

Thu, August 3, 2017

10:45 am

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

$24.00

Emmy-nominated comic and host of CNN’s “United Shades of America,” W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues. Join Bell in a moderated discussion with Kelly Carlin during  the Comedy and the Human Condition series produced in partnership with the National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution. 

The five-day series will include:

  • Exploring the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • Venturing into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • Traveling the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • Discussing when has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”

W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell
Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America.
As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life. The second season for United Shades of America starts this April. He first captured audiences’ attention with his thought-provoking one-man show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” and later, with his widely praised FX comedy series, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” The multi-talented entertainer
also hosts the must-listen podcasts, “Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period” and “Politically Reactive,” as well as the live public radio show, “Kamau Right Now!” Kamau’s book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, will be released May 2nd.

With a post-modern perspective, Kamau brings audiences provocative insights as well as very human, very necessary commentary on the headlines of the day, from race relations to cultural divides. His edgy yet level-headed view of the world leaves you with a more hopeful understanding of our country’s challenges, as well as conversation-stoking takeaways on humanity and social change that will have you contemplating the state of the union long after he has left the stage. Kamau’s special, Semi-Prominent Negro, aired on Showtime this past April. An acclaimed comedian and satirist, he offers political and social commentary with scathingly funny wit and perspective. He discusses the impact of race on American culture and a humorously accurate portrayal of life in the so-called “post-racial” U.S.

His one man show, “Ending Racism in About An Hour” has been praised by audiences and critics from leading outlets, including “The Guardian” and “Time Out New York.”
Kelly Carlin
Kelly Carlin
Kelly began her dream of a showbiz life watching her dad take the stage everywhere from college campuses to Carnegie Hall, and watching her heroes Lily Tomlin, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett on TV. As a teen she began working in TV production for her mother and father on various shows for HBO (read - production assistant who does all the Xeroxing).

In her early 20s, she got the acting bug when she got to play a punk rock Girl Scout in an HBO pilot Apt-2C opposite her father. She never fully pursued this bug, and instead, at the not-so-ripe age of 30, she graduated from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications Studies (no she was not stupid, it’s just that she had a few panic attacks, a crazy first husband, and what felt like the weight of the world on her shoulders for a few years). While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead her to a brief career in writing for film and TV with her writing partner and husband Robert McCall where they penned the Rose McGowan b-movie thriller “Devil in the Flesh,” and an episode of Fox’s The George Carlin Show.

In the late 1990s, after she was pretty sure that mainstream showbiz was not her cup of tea, she pursued her craft through various media such as writing/producing/hosting “Lost in LA LA Land” on the earliest online comedy channel Comedynet, and writing/performing her one-woman show “Driven To Distraction” about her tumultuous childhood and her mother's recent death.

In 2001 after two decades in “the biz”, Kelly stepped away to pursue her love of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and mythology and received her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology. She thought she might become a therapist, but then after a few years away from writing and performing, her desire to be on a stage and yell the word “fuck” kept gnawing at her, and so she decided to follow the call of the stage once again. She began writing and performing stories in the Los Angeles area.

Recently she interviewed a few legendary comedians for Laugh.com's On Comedy CD series, and had a blast talent producing for Showtime Network’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza.

Kelly is currently hosting her monthly SiriusXM radio show The Kelly Carlin Show which spotlights her conversations with iconic comedians. Kelly also hosts her weekly podcast “Waking from the American Dream” at smodcast.com where she converses with comedians, authors, visionaries and artists about the comedy and tragedy of life.

In July of this year she will film her acclaimed solo show "A Carlin Home Companion" to be released as a DVD, and in September, her highly anticipated memoir of the same title will be publishe by St. Martin's Press.
Venue Information:
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
One Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
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