Kamau Bell is an African American stand-up comedian, television host, social commentator, and activist who has thrived in his chosen profession. He is happily married to Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell despite the strong disapproval the couple faced before and during their union because of their different races. The two enjoy a blissful marriage in spite of their naysayers.
Keep reading to learn more about the prolific comedian down below.
Kamau Bell’s Biography
Kamau Bell was born in Palo Alto, California, in the United States of America on January 26, 1973, after which he was christened Walter Kamau Bell by his parents – Walter Bell and Janet Bell. He spent his childhood days with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.
The American comedian schooled at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as well as the University of Pennsylvania. However, he did not finish from the latter as he dropped out to pursue a career in comedy.
Kamau Bell began his comedy career in San Francisco as a sociopolitical comedian and community activist. He co-created a comedy tour show with Nato Green known as “Laughter Against the Machine”. He then went on to feature in several podcasts and publications, some of them include WTF With Marc Maron, Citizen Radio, and The War Room with Jennifer Granholm where he appeared as a regular correspondent.
As a comedian, he launched his first comedy album entitled One Night Only in the year 2007. The same year, he created a one-man show known as The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour where he uses comedy to address the current happenings in America as regards to racism. In 2010, he launched his second comedy album titled Face Full of Flour which recorded massive commercial success and named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year as compiled by iTunes and Punchline Magazines. His comic activities grew widely by 2012 that he was voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the trio of SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine.
He dropped his third comedy album in 2016 titled Semi-Prominent Negro which, again, was positively received. Kamau also hosted the FXX television series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, before mining his trade with CNN as a host of United Shades of America – a show that creates questions about racist policies or events.
It, indeed, takes bravery to stand up in a crowd and it is even tougher to get the crowd to laugh but Kamau Bell has excelled in these beats and more as he has managed over the years to keep many entertained.
What Is Kamau Bell’s Net Worth?
Right from his days in the University, he has begun his comedy career till he went mainstream in 2005, Kamau Bell has been given his fans a run for their money. No wonder his net worth is estimated to be about $1.1 million. All accrued to him from comedy shows hosted around America and three Comedy albums to his credit as well as books sold, not forgetting salaries from FXX television and CNN.
Kamau Bell was born with a silver spoon as an only child. His father, Walter Bell, served as Alabama’s Insurance commissioner and chairman of Swiss Re American Holding Corporation while his mother, Janet Cheatham Bell, is an author. She founded a self-publishing firm. Despite their status, they gave Kamau Bell their blessings as he picked up comedy as a career path.
His Family – Wife And Kids
Kamau Bell is married to Dr. Melissa Hudson Bell. They said their vows in 2009 and have been living together happily ever after. They are said to have met in a show that Kamau Bell coordinated. In the show, Kamau featured his friend, Jill, who was a friend of Melissa as well; Jill brought Melissa on board to handle tech corner of the event, and that was how Kamau and Melissa’s paths crossed and a relationship began thereafter.
They hit it off as friends before commencing a relationship. The two later got married in March 2009. Melissa and Kamau Bell have faced lots of racial discrimination, but, instead of being discouraged, they have drawn strength in it to move ahead and prove their critics wrong.
The union has produced three children – their first daughter, who was born in 2011, was named Sami Bell, while their second daughter, named Juno Bell, was born in 2014. They welcomed their third daughter, whose name is Asha, in June 2018.
Kamau Bell’s Height
The ace comedian has got a towering body build. He stands tall at a commanding height of 6 ft 4 inches while his weight has been revealed to be 250 pounds. Other details about his body measurements are not available at the moment.