Who Made the First Obama Joke?

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This guy.

Yep, San Francisco's very own comedian, writer, director, and frequent maker of race jokes, W. Kamau Bell. Or at least that's what researchers at Comedy Central concluded today after extensive archival probing.

The jab in question took place on Premium Blend in 2005, when W. Kamau Bell talked about how Obama would never be president, because his name is too black. (Hey, nobody ever said the first joke had to be funny). Click here for the video containing Bell's historic spiel.

When Comedy Central caught up with Bell, he had some interesting explanations for making the joke involving the Black Panthers, the black rock band, Fishbone, and an African-American think tank funded by Oprah. -Ashley Harrell

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