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113 Star Starred
Shelton Theater
533 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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The "Noises Off" actors shout a lot, making the words impossible to understand. I took my hearing aids out in order to muffle the volume. Bring ear protection if you are sensitive to loud noises.
Noises Off info Aug 31 2014 star this tip starred
Beware: When turning right after walking down the entrance hall there is a small ramp-style step in the floor, leading to a slightly higher floor level. This adjustment is not signed or lit with glowing strips. I tripped on this unexpected rise, and a second member of my party tripped and fell down. A lawsuit waiting to happen! The stairs leading down to the bar are dim as well and need glowing strips to guide the theatergoers.
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26 events
7 reviews
22 stars
attended Dec 13 2007

This dude was awesome! I would highly reccommend this show to anyone. This show was worth much more than what we paid.

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115 events
48 reviews
12 stars
attended May 15 2008

Not ready for public performance. Very few thought-provoking insights about race, and many more superficial one, often drawing specious conclusions from selective data. There were some sharp, funny moments that demonstrated Kamau's potential. I...continued

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114 events
107 reviews
30 stars
attended Nov 15 2007

Bell is topical, edgy, honest and funny. He really connected with the audience. Plus the opening band Conjure rocked -- a nice bonus.

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“Don’t miss”—SF Gate
“Best Comedian in San Francisco 2008”—SF Weekly
“Recommended”—San Francisco Bay Guardian


W. Kamau Bell is without a doubt among San Francisco’s most thoughtful and innovative comics. He frequently opens for Dave Chappelle in San Francisco and around the country. Called “in your face” by the San Francisco Chronicle, he has been on the cover of the Pink Pages as an “Artist on the Verge,” and was recently featured on the front page of the Datebook section. He has appeared at North America’s most prestigious comedy event, the “Just For Laughs Festival” in Montreal, and has been seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” as well as the syndicated TV show, “Comics Unleashed.” For more, click here.

The W. Kamau Bell Curve

The Show Designed to end racism . . . in about an hour.

Just like Led Zeppelin, skinny jeans, and The Boston Celtics, racism is making a comeback in America. White people haven’t talked this badly about un-white people since Martin Luther King had that dream. And since The W. Kamau Bell Curve opened last October (to end racism in about an hour), racism has redoubled its efforts. First the co-discoverer of DNA said that Europeans are smarter than Africans. Then Dog The Bounty Hunter tried to break Michael Richards record for the most ‘N’ words. Then an unknown golf commentator told a good old- fashioned lynching joke about her friend Tiger Woods. And recently it’s become trendy to say, “I hate China!” And somehow in the middle of all this, America might elect its first black president… unless Fox News has it’s way. (See Fox’s coverage of Jeremiah Wright.)

Well, W. Kamau Bell is mad as hell and he’s not going smile politely anymore as his un-black friends go, “Sarah Silverman isn’t racist. She’s ironic.” “The W. Kamau Bell Curve” is one part diatribe, one part manifesto, and several parts funny. When it was performed monthly this past fall, The Bell Curve was never more then a few weeks away from addressing current events. Now that the show is being performed weekly you’ll get the news (and the laughs) within days of its unfolding. Many people will be comforted by that thought.