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Talking to Hari Kondabolu About His New Album and the Impact of 'Totally Biased'

Hari Kondabolu was not really supposed to become a professional standup. The otherworldly circumstances that brought him from a career as an immigrant rights organizer to the present-day release of his first album, Waiting for 2042 (named for the alleged year in which white Americans will be in the statistical minority), could have easily taken him on another professional trajectory.

This path is probably part of why he is extremely humble. Despite an extremely productive career that included regional fame in the Seattle comedy world, a writing and presenting slot on FX’s now-defunct Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, a well-regarded podcast and live show with his brother [...]

FXX Cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'

FXX has only been a cable network for a little over a month, but they've already made their first cancelation. Defamer reports that FXX has canceled Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which is currently airing new episodes four nights a week in the middle of its second season. The show's final episode, with Jim Norton as the scheduled guest, is set to air tomorrow.

The Chris Rock-produced late night series premiered on FX last fall and was earning decent ratings on that network, but ratings have dropped since moving to sister channel FXX this past month. On some nights, Totally Biased has been the lowest-rated [...]

Hannibal Buress Defends His Gibberish Rap Skills on 'Totally Biased'

Standup Hannibal Buress dropped by Totally Biased last night, and ending up having to defend both his gibberish raps and Tina Fey's workout routine. He also shared a clip of him in sandwich-eating action as the sidekick on The Eric Andre Show, which, as they discuss, is as different from Totally Biased as two late night talk shows can be. Although Hannibal would be brilliant as a sidekick on both, if they could work out some custody-sharing agreement.

Conan's Brian McCann Joins FX's 'Totally Biased' as a Writer/Producer

Longtime Conan writer/performer Brian McCann has been hired as a writer/producer on FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, FX announce today. McCann joked in a statement, "I couldn't be more excited to round out the diverse and talented staff at Totally Biased by supplying the rare 'Irish White guy' voice so often ignored in late night." He's coming to Totally Biased just ahead of the show's expansion to five nights a week this fall when it moves to FX's new all-comedy channel FXX. McCann worked for Conan O'Brien for 17 years before departing last fall to become the head writer for the first season of MTV's Nikki [...]

Why We Needed 'Totally Biased'

At first glance, Totally Biased's set comes off as pedestrian. A brick wall that's too well-manicured, graffiti manufactured solely for the sake of being graffiti. It all seems like forced shorthand for "the street," like instead of a half hour of social politics, W. Kamau Bell is about to record a twelve-minute video telling middle schoolers in the late nineties not to do drugs.

But as one gets more familiar with the show, that set stops being a caricature and instead becomes something genuine. Sure, it's still far too well-lit for its own good, but over the past year or so, Bell and his cohorts took that facsimile of coolness [...]

'Totally Biased's Ratings Have Dropped Off Since Moving to FXX

In early September, FX's weekly late night show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, moved to new sister network FXX and started airing four nights a week, but Deadline observes that the show's ratings have plummeted since the transition, making it the lowest rated late night show on cable this week. On Monday night, Totally Biased had only 12,000 total viewers, and 3,000 in the 18-49 demographic. The second lowest cable late night night show in the 18-49 audience was Pete Holmes Show, which had 245,000.

Totally Biased was earning decent and stable ratings while airing weekly on FX, but the move to the new network may be [...]

Tracy Morgan, Jim Gaffigan, and Chris Rock Will Be 'Totally Biased's First Guests for Its Nightly Run on FXX

FX's late night talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell is set to move to its new sister channel FXX, where it'll be airing four nights a week instead of one, on Wednesday, September 4th, and the show is pulling out a bunch of big name guests for the first string of nightly episodes:

Wednesday, September 4th: Jim Gaffigan Thursday, September 5th: Tracy Morgan Monday, September 9th: Chris Rock

This is the first appearance on Totally Biased for Morgan and Gaffigan, and the second as a guest for Rock, who also executive produces the show.

FX Announces January Premieres for 'Archer,' 'Totally Biased,' and Jim Jefferies's New Show

FX just announced that it's premiering a Thursday night comedy block on January 17th, 2013. Charlie Sheen's Anger Management (which was recently picked up for 90 episodes as part of mindless march towards syndication) will kick things off with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 before settling into the 9:30 timeslot for good. The fourth season of Archer will air at 10, followed by Legit, a new series starring Australian comedian Jim Jefferies at 9:30. The supporting cast for Legit features Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show), D.J. Qualls (Road Trip), and Gillian Vigman (MADtv), and the show follows Jefferies in his quest to "become legitimate in life." So, [...]

W. Kamau Bell Says Goodbye to 'Totally Biased'

On Wednesday, FXX canceled its late night talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell in the middle of its second season. The final show was aired/taped yesterday, with guest Jim Norton returning and reflecting on one of the show's most memorable moments, his debate over rape jokes with Jezebel blogger Lindy West.

Bell wrote a great piece on his blog, called "So… That Happened," addressing the cancelation. Here are some excerpts from the post:

The show was canceled. I’m not canceled. 99.999% of stand-up comics don’t get this far. If I’m really lucky, what we did onTotally Biased will be remembered long after it stops airing. Heck, my [...]

Colin Quinn On Why the United States Might Need to Split Up

The always delightful Colin Quinn dropped by Totally Biased last night, and his recent Constitutional expertise made him a perfect person to talk about the government shutdown. He and Kamau also talked about diversity on SNL, the gentrification of Brooklyn, and the benefits of theaters versus comedy clubs.

FX's Sister Channel FXX to Launch Sept. 2nd in 72 Million Homes

FXX, a new cable network that's a sister channel to FX, is set to debut in two weeks on Monday, September 2nd, at 7 AM ET/PT. The channel will be carried by every major cable provider and will be available in 72 million homes across the country. To find where the channel is on your system, check out GetFXX.com.

Geared towards a younger audience than FX, FXX will initially start out with all comedy shows and movies before expanding to drama. The new seasons of FX hits It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell will all premiere on FXX in a [...]