Theater & Performing Arts

The W. Kamau Bell Curve

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 10 2008

Is overt racism the new black? Well, standup comic W. Kamau Bell has noticed it's become fashionable again for celebrities to say outrageously racist things, whether it's perky Sarah Silverman, disheveled Michael Richards, or boorish Don Imus, and Bell isn't taking it lying down. That would make him a lie-down comic, and we all know what they're like: lazy! In his solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve, Bell aims to have this whole racism thing sorted out in about an hour. After running monthly last fall and weekly for the last few months at San Francisco's Shelton Theater, he crosses the bay for Oakland and Berkeley runs as part of the JCC East Bay's Prism Stage performance series, August 2 to 10 at Pro Arts (550 Second St., Oakland) and August 16 to 24 at JCCEastBay (1414 Walnut St., Berkeley). The $20 tickets are only $10 if you're with a friend of a different ethnicity. or 800-838-3006.

Sam Hurwitt

Price: $20 tickets are only $10 if you’re with a friend of a different ethnicity

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