Stand Up for Books featuring W. Kamau Bell @ Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda [12 August]

Stand Up for Books featuring W. Kamau Bell

19:00 - 22:00

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Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, California 94501
Stand Up for Books featuring W. Kamau Bell with Host Irene Tu and Special Guests!

August 12, 2017 Saturday
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
Doors open 7pm

Eastwind Books of Berkeley invites you to Stand Up for Books, our annual fundraiser showcasing the best in Bay Area comedy. This year’s show features W. Kamau Bell, sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America, ​with host Irene Tu and special guest Zahra Noorbakhsh.

Stand Up for Books is a comedy night fundraiser celebrating Eastwind Books of Berkeley, a community bookstore serving the Bay Area for over 20 years by providing books on Asian American diverse cultures, history, and literature. Our unique collection of books and published titles and our promotion of socially-conscoius authors provides books that represent our community. We welcome you to support our legacy of resistance and community activism.

Visit us at to browse our titles and learn more about our bookstore!

Be sure to check out The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell. VIP tickets receive a free copy of the book.

Can't make the show, but still want to support Asian American activism? Donate to Eastwind! Click on our ticketing page and hit Donate.

W. Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Season two premiered on April 30th, 2017. Kamau’s first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, came out on May 2nd, 2017. Kamau is the host of three podcasts: Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, Politically Re-Active, and Kamau Right Now! Kamau Right Now also airs live on NPR radio station KALW. Kamau’s first comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro, was produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock, and the comedy album for the special was released on Kill Rock Stars. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”

Irene Tu is a San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. In 2016, she was named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” by the SFist and one of 20 “Women to Watch” by KQED. She has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, RIOT LA and on Seeso and Viceland. Irene hosts several popular shows in the Bay Area: Man Haters, Hysteria, The Mission Position, and Millennials Ruin Everything (they do). You can follow her @irene_tu.

ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian. Her one woman show, «All Atheists are Muslim» was directed by W. Kamau Bell and was dubbed a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival by the New Yorker Magazine. She is a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” and keeps a monthly column entitled, «My Infidel Husband.» A segment of her newest one woman show, «Hijab and Hammerpants,» debuted at Snap Judgment's anniversary show, LIVE at the Paramount Theater. Noorbakhsh is also cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, which was recently invited to record at the White House and deemed a «must listen» by Oprah Magazine. Visit

Rhythmix Cultural Works community arts center in Alameda is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education.

This event is co-sponsored by CET Films. Founded in 1983 by Loni Ding as The Center for Educational Telecommunications, CET is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the production and distribution of educational films, with a special interest in Asian American history. See cetel.orgfor more information.
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