W Kamau Bell CNN, Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Wife, Book, Comedy, Salary, and Net Worth

W Kamau Bell Biography and Wiki

Walter Kamau Bell famously known as Kamau Bell is a television host and an American sociopolitical comedian. He has been serving as the host and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series known as the ‘United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell since 2016.

Also, he hosted Totally Biased, an FXX television series from 2012 to 2013. In addition, Bell hosts a podcast and live radio show on KALW called Kamau Right Now. He also co-hosts two critically-acclaimed podcasts which are: Politically Re-Active with Hari Kondabolu, and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period with Hari Kondabolu who is also a comedian.

W Kamau Bell Age

He was born on January 26, 1973, in Palo Alto, California, United States. Bell is 50 years old and celebrates his birthday on January 26 every year.

W Kamau Bell Height

He is a man of tall stature. Bell stands at a height of 6 ft 4 in (Approx 1.93 m).

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W Kamau Bell Family | Parents

He was born to his parents Walter Bell and Janet Cheatham Bell, as an only child. His father was Alabama’s Insurance Commissioner and Chairman of Swiss Re American Holding Corporation while his mother was an author who founded a self-publishing firm. Bell was born in Palo Alto, California, USA, and was raised in Alabama, Boston, and Chicago. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts in the Mattapan neighborhood of the city from when he was five years to 12 years.

W Kamau Bell Father

His father Walter Bell was Alabama’s Insurance Commissioner and Chairman of Swiss Re American Holding Corporation. Bell is an only child of his father Walter.

W Kamau Bell Wife | Kamau Bell Wife Ethnicity

Bell is married to his longtime girlfriend and now wife, Melissa Hudson Bell of Caucasian White ethnicity. Melissa is a choreographer, teacher, performer, and also scholar based in Berkeley, California. The couple met in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area through a mutual friend. Although it took time to convince both their families, Bell and Melissa did not allow racial discrimination to break their bond or make them less attracted to each other.

The couple exchanged their wedding vows in March 2009. Bell and his wife welcomed their firstborn daughter named Sami Bell in 2011 followed by their second daughter, Juno Bell in 2014. Melissa gave birth to their third daughter named Asha Bell in June 2018. The couple is still happily married and there are no signs of a divorce.

W Kamau Bell Daughters | Kids | Children

Bell is a proud father of three daughters named Sami Bell, Juno Bell, and Asha Bell. Sami being the firstborn daughter was born in 2011 followed by Juno who was born in 2014. Asha was born in June 2018 and is the youngest among her two other sisters.

W Kamau Bell Education

Bell graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He later attended the University Of Pennsylvania but did complete his studies since he dropped out to pursue a career in comedy.

W Kamau Bell Podcasts

Bell co-hosted the podcast “The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture” with Vernon Reid, the Living Colour guitarist from 2010 to 2014. From 2014, he has co-hosted the Earwolf-produced podcast titled “Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period” with Kevin Avery who is also a comedian and writer. In January 2016, Bell began hosting Kamau Right Now!, which is a live radio show and podcast that is produced by KALW.

He also co-hosts the Panoply/First Look Media-produced podcast known as Political Re-Active with comedian Hari Kondabolu since June 2016. The podcasts involve exploring American politics as well as elections with a comedic approach and also include interviews with activists, journalists, and scholars such as Robert Reich, Ian Haney Lopez, and Pramila Jayapal.

W Kamau Bell Book

Besides being a sociopolitical comedian, Bell is also an author. He has authored several essays and blog posts concerning race and racism in American politics and media. Bell published his first book entitled ” 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” in May 2017. The book is an amusing autobiography scattered with essays regarding politics and popular culture.

Kamau Bell CNN

Bell currently works as the host and executive producer of the CNN documentary series known as “United Shades of America” that was premiered on April 24, 2016, and was later renewed in 2017 for the third season. The show was awarded a Creative Arts Emmy in 2017, for the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

In 2018, the show, “United Shades of America” was renewed for season 3, and the first episode of the show was aired on April 29, 2018. The show lasted for 8 episodes in total with “Native Hawaii” being the last episode that was aired on July 1, 2018. Bell was later nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality Program in July 2018, for his hosting in the United Shades of America.

He hosted a weekly stand-up comedy television series known as “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, first on FX and then on FXX from 2012 to 2013. The show, which was produced by Chris Rock, supplied observational comedy and commentary on social and political affairs in addition to celebrity interviews. Bell later moved back to California from New York after the show was canceled in November 2013.

Some of Bell’s colleagues at CNN include:

Peter Bergen – National Security Analyst

Areva MartinLegal Analyst

Natasha Bertrand – Reporter

Allison Chinchar – Meteorologist

April Ryan  –  Reporter and Author

Jacqueline Howard – Health Reporter

W Kamau Bell United Shades Of America | Kamau Bell United Shades Of America

He is the host and executive producer of this critically-acclaimed Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series called United Shades of America. Bell has traveled to the far corners of America exploring race-based subcultures. He uses humor to soften his experiences and voluntarily subjects himself to awkward situations such as attending a cross-burning, hate-mongering Ku Klux Klan session illustrating the many diverse and brilliant definitions of America. In addition, Bell spends time with spring break revelers, visits a gated retirement community, experiences inner-city policing, travels to the Last Frontier, and speaks to prison inmates.

Kamau Bell Show | Comedy

Bell became a founding member of the comedy collective “Laughter Against the Machine” after he established himself as a sociopolitical comedian and community activist based in San Francisco. He has been featured in various prominent podcasts and publications including WTF with Marc Maron, Current TV’s The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, and Citizen Radio. Bell released his first comedy album, known as “One Night Only” in 2007. He also developed a one-man show known as The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour in 2017.

Bell’s follow-up album, known as “Face of Flour” was released in 2010, and named among the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by Punchline magazine as well as iTunes. He wrote a blog known as “Kamau’s Komedy Korner” for the San Francisco Weekly from 2011 to 2012. Bell was voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, 7*7 Magazine, and San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2012.

His first stand-up comedy TV special known as “Semi-Prominent Negro” premiered on Showtime on April 29, 2016, and his third full-length album with the same title was released on September 30, 2016, on Kill Rock Stars. Bell became the Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, USA on November 7, 2017.

W Kamau Bell Bill Cosby

He wrote a documentary titled We Newwd To Talk About Cosby in 2022. Bell’s documentary serves as an exploration of Bill Cosby’s ethnicity from “America’s Dad” to supposed sexual predator. Examining the complex story of Cosby’s life and also work, he invites journalists, comedians, Cosby survivors, and also educators to have a refreshingly frank, first-of-its-kind talk concerning the man, his crimes as well as career.

W Kamau Bell Movies And Tv Shows


– Private Scool Negro
– SXSW Comedy Night Two
– The Comedy Club
– I Am Road Comic

TV shows

– United Shades of America
– Totally Biased
– We Need To Talk About Cosby
– Sorry To Bother You
– Cultureshock

Kamau Bell Nationality

He is an American by nationality. Bell belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

Kamau Bell Netflix

Bell made his Netflix debut with a stand-up comedy special known as Private Scholl Negro in 2018.

W Kamau Bell Salary

He is mostly known for his work as a sociopolitical comedian. Bell’s estimated salary is around $91.758 per year.

W Kamau Bell Net Worth

Having worked as a television personality as well as a sociopolitical comedian for quite some time, Bell has been able to secure good fortune. His estimated net worth is around $1.1 Million.

How Tall Is Kamau Bell

Bell’s height is around 6 feet 3 inches (Approx 1.93 m).

Who Is Kamau Bell Married To

He is married to Melissa Hudson Bell who is a choreographer, teacher, performer, and also scholar based in Berkeley, California.

How Old Is Kamau Bell

He is 47 years old in 2020. Bell was born on January 26, 1973, in California, USA.

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