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A Conversation With Morgan Spurlock And W. Kamau Bell

Featuring a special performance

The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmaker and satirist Morgan Spurlock to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on his lifelong love of comedy and the genesis of W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro — the hour-long TV comedy special that premiered on Showtime earlier this year. Written by keenly observant comedian W. Kamau Bell and directed by Spurlock, the special is a unique TV experience filled with savvy socio-political commentary and marks the first stand-up comedy special for socio-political comedia​n and host of the Emmy-nominated show "United Shades of America"  W. Kamau Bell. Filmed in Brooklyn, N.Y., Semi-Prominent Negro features Bell's characteristically biting and perceptive take on relevant issues of contemporary America while highlighting its shortcomings. The conversation will be followed by a special performance from Bell, and a Q&A with Spurlock and Bell on how they got the idea to create the series while at CNN. The evening will be hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

About Morgan Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writer, director and producer, and president and founder of full-service New York-based production studio Warrior Poets. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award as well as garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary. Since then he has directed, produced and distributed multiple film, television and digital projects, including the critically acclaimed CNN television series "Morgan Spurlock Inside Man."

About W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and the host of the Emmy Award-nominated, hit CNN docu-series "United Shades of America," which was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information. Prior to that, Bell was best known for his critically acclaimed FX comedy series, "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," which featured Chris Rock as executive producer. Bell has released three stand-up comedy albums: Semi-Prominent Negro, One Night Only and Face Full of Flour. Semi-Prominent Negro used the audio from Bell and Spurlock's acclaimed Showtime special of the same name. He is also the host of Kamau Right Now!, a public radio talk show that airs on KALW in San Francisco, and has his own political podcast, "Politically Re-Active," on which he and fellow comedian Hari Kondabolu attempt to makes sense of the nonsense.