Who made Barack Obama
president? That honor belongs to the American people. Who made Barack Obama
famous? That honor belongs to trekkie babe‚Ñ¢ Jeri Ryan. But who made the first
Barack Obama joke?" That honor belongs to W. Kamau Bell. Here he is on
Premium Blend all the way back in 2005 talking about how Barack Obama will
never be president, because his name is too black (1:10 in):
We caught up with Bell at his favorite inbox to discuss the joke, calling the election wrong, and his weekly show, "The W. Kamau Bell Curve
Show," at the Climate Theatre in San Francisco.
CC Insider: You were telling a joke way back in 2005 about how Barack Obama could never be elected president on
account of his name. How does it feel to be the first pundit to call the 2008
W. Kamau Bell: What you fail to understand, is that I was a double agent. I was employed by an
African-American Think Tank funded by Oprah. It was my sole job to get Barack's
name out there to the youth of America
through Comedy Central. My act was assembled by a
team comprised of black intelligentsia — including the surviving members of
the Black Panther Party, the best spoken word
artists from the first season HBO's Def Poets, and the black rock band
The Barack Obama joke was actually co-written by author Maya
Angelou, Professor Cornel West and rapper Chuck D. Since the appearance on Comedy Central
went so well, I decided to continue pursuing a career in comedy.
CCI: Does Obama's election this year open the door for Blackie Blackerson or
Black Osama to run in 2016?
WKB: Yes. It also opens the door for Muslimy Muslimerson, Turbany Turbanerstein, and
of course Womany Butnotsarahpaliny
CCI: If Condoleezza Rice is evil coming together
with ugly, then what's Barack Obama?
WKB: Barack Obama is sunshine, joy, prosperity, love and hope coming together with
the ghosts of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston,
revolutionary Nat Turner, and 70's soul
musician/voice of Chef Issac Hayes.
CCI: Have you updated that bit at all for your show in San Francisco this week?
WKB: No. But mostly because it works so well with my bit about how OJ Simpson will
never go to jail, my other bit about how Michael Vick
is currently the greatest NFL quarterback playing, and my closing bit about how
the VH1 show, The Flavor of Love, will never get
CCI: You claim that your show will "end racism in an hour." Didn't
Obama already do that?
WKB: Ummm… since my show has been running (and ending racism) since October 2007,
it is clearly COMPLETELY responsible for Barack Obama becoming president. And
yes, I am open to accepting a cabinet position. I'll settle for something small
like Secretary of the Interior. I like being indoors.
CCI: If you had to ask yourself one question that, if posted on a corporate
comedy blog, would inspire people to come to your show this week, what would it
be, and what would its answer be?
WKB: Why should people come see your show this weekend in San Francisco instead of just waiting to see
it when we inevitably broadcast it on Comedy Central?
You should see it now because the show changes every week. It's always
different. It's extremely topical and re-interprets the news from a racial
angle. Sort of a… Black Daily Show or a… Chocolate take on The News… or
something. So come see it this week, because when Comedy Central inevitably
shows it, the show will be completely different.
And if you bring a friend of a different race, you and your friend get in two
for one. Not even Martin Luther King, Jr. made an offer like that.
For more info check www.wkamaubell.com.
And if you're in San Francisco, go see his show this Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Climate Theatre — 11:00pm.