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The Roundup: FX premieres 'Legit,' 'Archer' and 'Totally Biased' Thursday night

"Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" is part of FX's big night of comedy premieres.

Tonight is a big night for FX with the return of "Archer" (10pm), the series premiere of "Legit" (10:30pm), and the return of "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (11pm). We spoke with Bell last December for an interview on here KPCC (for the full audio, listen to this podcast) where he revealed that more comedians will be participating in innovative segments on the show, so tune in.

It will be interesting to see how people will receive "Legit," another FX series originated, written-by, and starring a comedian, this time Jim Jeffries. "Legit" is no "Louie" and Jeffries level of involvement of the show doesn't extend to casting, directing, editing, and writing the music, a burden that Louis C.K. shoulders for his show, but Jeffries does a lot. While it could be pointed out that tonight's premiere episode is the adaptation, almost to the last detail, of a closing bit from his HBO special, "I Swear To God," what was most apparent to me was how Jeffries' raw and raunchy style has been toned-down and is verging on sweet - and it works! Another significant difference between "Louie" and "Legit" is that "Legit" has supporting characters who are given the chance to develop at least as much as Jeffries as the episodes go on. DJ Qualls and Dan Bakkedahl play brothers who have the misfortune/fortune of being friends with Jeffries who, while unscrupulous, does what he can to make his friends happy. Their relationship with Jeffries is what the show is all about (at least in the 3 episodes I have seen) and what gives the show its chance to win over an audience.

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Interview: W. Kamau Bell, star of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," hits The Largo this Friday night

W. Kamau Bell

Matthias Clamer

Socially-charged comedian and TV showrunner W. Kamau Bell performs at The Largo on Friday, December 7.

W. Kamau Bell, the creator and host of FX's weekly half-hour comedy show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," is coming to Los Angeles this Friday night to make his debut at The Largo (doors at 7pm, show at 8:30pm). FX announced last week that the 3rd cycle of "Totally Biased," this time with 13 episodes to begin on Thursday, January 17, in the 11pm time slot.

Bell made a name for himself in the San Francisco comedy scene, releasing his first album of stand up comedy, One Night Only, in 2007, the same year he developed and unveiled his one-man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About An Hour, which toured across the country to much acclaim, garnering the attention of one Chris Rock, who cultivated a relationship with Bell that resulted in "Totally Biased," with Rock credited as executive producer.

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