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Launching a new topical late night talk show is no easy prospect in a market dominated by the still-brilliant likes of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," not to mention Conan, Fallon, Leno, Letterman and the rest of the regulars. But comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of FX's weekly series "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," has managed to find a niche and a voice for himself in a crowded TV landscape. His show, which is executive produced by Chris Rock and is currently in the middle of its second 13-episode order since its premiere in August, delves boldly into politics and race, maintaining a sharp edge while never seeming fueled by empty rage. When the openly liberal Bell made a crack about Obama's drone policy, confetti fell from the ceiling while a sign flashed in the background: "Black Comedian Criticizes Black President." Elsewhere, he deemed Vw's ad involving »

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