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w-kamau-bellThe Nazareth College Arts Center presents sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell in “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.”

Bell offers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change people’s view of race, politics and social issues in America. His edgy yet level-headed view of the world leaves a hopeful understanding of this country’s challenges, as well as conversation-stoking takeaways on humanity and social change that will have people contemplating the state of the union long after he has left the stage.

“The W. Kamau Bell Curve” is a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism, combined with a little (unknown) history, a little Powerpoint and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. This show seamlessly combines stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories, knowledge dropping and solo theatrical performance.

“Bell coming to Rochester continues the much needed constructive dialogue around uncomfortable topics in our local, regional, national and global world,” says Olajiwon McCadney, director for diversity and inclusive excellence education at Nazareth College. “By incorporating humor in this dialogue, Bell addresses the importance of threading humanity into these often-painful conversations.”

Bell is the host of the five-time Emmy-winning CNN series “United Shades of America.” In 2018, he made his Netflix debut with the stand-up comedy special “Private School Negro,” and is also the director of the critically acclaimed documentary “Cultureshock: Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain.”

7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Nazareth’s Callahan Theater. naz.edu

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