W. Kamau Bell recently appeared as a guest correspondent on the long-running talk show, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.” Bell discussed his role on the ABC show, “What Would You Do?” and how he was invited to be a part of it. The show, which has been on the air for 15 seasons, sets up prank situations to see how people react.

Bell filmed his segment in Mobile, Alabama, which holds special significance as it is his father’s hometown. The choice of location was not only personal but also practical, as hidden camera shows like this one can only be filmed outside of California due to certain state laws. Bell shared his admiration for the show’s concept, which presents people with awkward situations and observes how they respond.

One of the scenarios Bell mentioned involved a pregnant woman being berated by her partner for her weight. The show aims to highlight how people may step up to help in these situations, demonstrating that there is still goodness in the world. Bell expressed his optimism, which he believes is crucial during these divided times.

As a student of history, Bell finds comfort in knowing that divided times have existed before. He mentioned a book he is currently reading about a 19th-century election that caused great division in the country. Bell believes that, despite the challenges, the world will ultimately be fine. However, he acknowledged that America might not fare as well due to its polarized society.

Bell raised an important point about the need for people to actively work towards positive outcomes rather than simply relying on optimism. He emphasized the importance of being invested in the success of the community and helping others. However, he also recognized that many people today are more self-interested and focused on global issues rather than their immediate surroundings.

The conversation turned to the prevalence of anger in society, particularly amplified by social media and online algorithms. Bell shared his experience of stepping back from Twitter, realizing how it was contributing to his anger and negativity. Instead, he now tries to use his social media platforms to engage others and provide opportunities for help or laughter.

Toward the end of the episode, the discussion veered off into a lighthearted conversation about the role of comedians and podcasters as the true heroes in today’s world. Bell expressed his admiration for comedians and their ability to bring laughter and joy to people’s lives.

W. Kamau Bell‘s appearance on “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” showcased his optimistic outlook and insightful perspective on societal issues. His role on “What Would You Do?” allowed him to observe and appreciate the goodness in people, even during challenging times.