South Beach Comedy Festival 2014 Adds W. Kamau Bell, Mike Epps, Chris Hardwick and More

Last month, we reported that comedian Chelsea Handler was bringing her latest comedy tour to the South Beach Comedy Festival in April. The unfortunate name of said tour? "Uganda Be Kidding Me."

We're guessing at least one of the newly announced names on the SBCF 2014 lineup will have something to say about that. W. Kamau Bell, whose politically charged comedy drove the FXX network's Totally Biased tv series for two seasons, probably isn't too psyched about some white lady making light of a country known for alleged genocide, child trafficking, and child labor.

Those are some heavy issues, but Bell's an expert at turning the woes of the world into incisive comedic bits. This, after all, is the guy behind a TV series that one critic said "makes The Daily Show look like something your dad watches." The show made huge waves in the comedy world last year when a "comic versus feminist" debate about the ethics of rape jokes went viral.

Dude's not afraid to tackle the serious stuff, is what we're saying. So we're hoping he gets on Handler's case a little -- or a lot -- when during his set at Backstage at The Fillmore on Thursday, April 3rd, at 8 p.m. (She can take it; she's fortified with vodka.)

Bell's just one of several names released this morning by SBCF, all of whom will be heading to our fair city to make us pee ourselves. Also on the agenda:

Mike Epps

, who made his name on the Def Jam circuit and now stars in hot-shot Hollywood productions along the likes of Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie. (Saturday, April 5th, 10 p.m. at The Fillmore)

Chris Hardwick

, aka @nerdist, standing up for the geeky guys and girls of the world in Twitter and podcast form for years. (Friday, April 4th, 8 and 10 p.m. at The Colony Theater)

Nick Swardson

, who I'll always know as the jean-cutoff-clad Terry Bernadino on

Reno 911!

(Saturday, April 5th, 7:30 p.m. at The Fillmore)


Joe Rogan

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, who'll probably punch someone in the throat while he's in Miami because ULTIMATE FIGHTING, BRO. (Thursday, April 3rd, 8 p.m. at The Fillmore)

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