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 [...]
Maria Bamford was the guest on FXX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell last night, and here's the full interview, in which Bamford and Bell discuss the comedy special she made with only her parents in the audience, mental illness stigma, and what living in LA is like.
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.
Here's a clip from Thursday's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, in which standup/writer Guy Branum criticizes Comedy Central's James Franco roast for being super homophobic. Branum doesn't really mention how Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari called out the other comedians for their homophobia while on stage, but he still makes a pretty good point about the event's odd gay panic-y overtones.
FX has extended the order for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell another seven episodes. This announcement comes a couple days before the final episode of the first order will air. TBWWKB will return on October 11 with the rest of FX's fall Thursday programming. It will move from its current 11 PM spot to 11:30 PM, following the renovated BrandX with Russell Brand. It's perfect timing for Bell to talk about the election then talk about the results of the election then talk about the apocalypse that comes as a result of the results of the election.