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Humor as It's Meant to Be Heard

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LISTENING TO A MEMOIR READ BY THE AUTHOR IS LIKE BEING THE SOLE PATRON IN A COMEDY CLUB WHILE HE PERFORMS A MARATHON ROUTINE.

“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”

Written and read by W. Kamau Bell

10 1/2 hours

Early in his new memoir, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′4″, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black

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