W. Kamau Bell takes stage Jan. 15

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell

Critically acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell will present "The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Hanover College’s Collier Arena.

General admission tickets are available for just $10. Seats for high school students and younger are free, but must be reserved through the online ticketing system.

The New York Times called Bell “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” while Punchline Magazine touted him as “one of our nation’s most adept racial commentators with a blistering wit.”

Bell, who is well known for his podcasts, stand-up performances and comedy albums, has also gained critical acclaim for his work as the host of the CNN’s docu-series “United Shades of America.” In its first season, the program was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.

Prior to his work with CNN, Bell was the host of FX’s “Totally Unbiased.” The program, executive produced by Chris Rock, was nominated for both a NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award.

Bell’s legion of fans continues to grow through his work with podcasts and radio. His podcast, “Politically Re-Active,” features a collaboration with comedian Hari Kondabolu as the duo attempts to “make sense of the nonsense.” Bell’s podcast “Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period” has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly, A.V. Club, Fast Company and Essence. He is also the host of “Kamau Right Now!,” a public radio talk show on KALW in San Francisco.

Bell has released two stand-up comedy albums: “One NIGht Only” and “Face Full of Flour.” Punchline Magazine and iTunes each named “Face Full of Flour” one of the best comedy albums of 2010.

Away from the microphone, Bell is the American Civil Liberties Union’s Ambassador of Racial Justice and a member of the advisory boards for Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment.

Bell’s appearance is part of the Hanover Enrichment Series and the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration.

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