American comedian and TV personality Kemah Bob has created and is hosting a brand-new podcast called ‘FOC IT UP with Kemah Bob’, produced by The Guilty Feminist’s team.
FOC stands for Femmes of Color, however the podcast celebrates and centres on the perspectives of women, non-binary, gender non-conforming and trans-masculine comedians of colour, and will be released weekly from 12 July.
Based on her live show The Femmes of Color Comedy Club, the first season features performances, chat and games where the audience can interact with 36 comedians. It’s being recorded in London from 19 June with a live audience.
Guests include Taskmaster’s Desiree Burch and Sophie Duker, Japanese comedian Yuriko Kotani, Ninia Benjamin from 3 Non-Blondes and the award-winning Shazia Mirza. FOC IT UP has featured at Underbelly at Southbank, the Edinburgh Fringe and will be at this year’s Latitude festival.
Kemah says: “Since co-hosting the Guilty Feminist years ago, I’ve always been inspired by its ability to raise awareness of amazing comedians that are often overlooked by the mainstream. And more-so its ability to align us with an audience that connects with our perspectives and may not have found us otherwise.
“Since founding FOC IT UP! one of my greatest joys is bringing relatable talent to an audience that many comedy spaces don’t cater for, and I’m delighted to say that with the help of The House of The Guilty Feminist I’ll be able to invite an even bigger audience to get to know these FOC-ing legends.”
Kemah is a comedian, presenter, writer, actor, drag artist and producer. Her work centres around black cultural identity, mental health, sexuality, healing and well-being using entertainment as a tool for enlightenment and empowerment.
She takes inspiration from Oprah, Beyonce and the sun – aiming to spread love, light and warmth everywhere she goes! In addition to performing stand-up and hosting events around the UK and beyond – she has supported Hannah Gadsby, Nish Kumar, Desiree Burch and Jess Fostekew on tour.
Her TV work includes hosting ‘It’s A Sin – After Hours’ for Ch 4, co-hosting ‘The Island’ with Tom Allen (Dave 2021), Richard Osman’s House of Games, Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), PLS Like (BBC 3), Fully Blown (BBC 3), Guessable (Comedy Central), Mission Accessible (channel 4), Question Team (Dave), Stand Up For Live Comedy (BBC), Don’t Hate The Playaz, Celebrity Karaoke Club: Drag Edition, CelebAbility, Apocalypse Wow! and Stand-Up Sketch Show (all ITV2).
Kemah is a regular co-host on The Guilty Feminist podcast, playing the Palladium and Barbican and joining the UK tours.
The first FOC it UP is being recorded this Sunday, 19 June at 21 Soho, 3-5 Sutton Row, London, 6-9pm. Tickets for all shows are available from the 21 Soho website.