Sameer Rao Sameer Rao is a Philadelphia-based freelance journalist and former City Paper intern whose works predominantly focus on music, art, theatre, comedy, education, activism, arts communities, gender, race, society, and where all of those things intersect. His writing so far has appeared in City Paper, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, APIARY Online, and the Good Men Project. Look for upcoming pieces in CRED Magazine and WXPN's The Key.
FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell may look like a Daily Show copycat; the sharp-witted host introduces each episode with observational send-ups of current events, yields the stage to a writer for a Lewis Black-style diatribe and concludes with an interview of a prominent media or entertainment personality. There is, however, a key difference: While Stewart and co. act like they’re just joking, the afro’d Bell and his diverse writing staff fearlessly flaunt just how biased they are. The show’s disparate segments — a debate on rape jokes, a monologue about Frederick Douglass’ exclusion from Spielberg’s Lincoln — are unified by a sophisticated anti-prejudice stance that enlightens without being preachy. In anticipation of the show’s second season, Bell and a rotating lineup of writer/comedians (including Aparna Nancherla, Janine Brito and Dwayne Kennedy) touch down at Prince Music Theater for a performance and Q&A that promises to entertain as much as it educates.
Fri., July 12, 8 p.m., $22.50-$25, Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 215-893-1999, princemusictheater.org.