“It’s important for those of us who have a voice to speak out,” comedian, podcaster, author and CNN host W. Kamau Bell said Friday night, partway through his conversational and frequently political set at Park West. “And everyone in this room has a voice.” Bell may be a comedian first, but as his TV shows and podcasts have proved, he’s the kind of guy who makes statements. And on the Chicago leg of his latest tour, even his outfit — tennis shoes and jeans topped with a black A. Rye T-shirt proclaiming “WE BUILT THIS JOINT FOR FREE” — made a statement. “They’ve confused us with this left/right paradigm but it’s all about money,” he asserted later (without specifying who are the “they” in this equation). Bell — who, at 6 feet, 4 inches, cuts an imposing but affable figure onstage (and in interviews for his Emmy-nominated television show “United Shades of America”) — paced the stage with an endearing mixture of confidence and shyness, letting out a Seth Rogen-esque chuckle from time to time and occasionally making large gestures for physical comedy punchlines. More often, he put his non-mic hand in his pocket while meandering back and forth. “This would have worked better on the South Side,” the Chicago native — who graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools — said throughout his set as part of a running gag about his agent booking him on the predominantly white North Side of Chicago. “At least in Hyde Park.” But the jazz club-like atmosphere of Park West — a last-minute venue change from the originally scheduled location at The Vic — suited both Bell’s persona and his comedy style. And his fans — who opener and fellow Chicagoan Dwayne Kennedy called “intellectuals” — knew to expect the laughs to be further apart than is typical from a comedian at this level. Bell’s a funny guy, but he’s also interested in preaching. Approving claps throughout sent the message that not everything he said needed to be a joke. Sometimes he could just preach. And preach he did, calling out, among others, President Donald Trump, fellow CNN political commentator Jeffrey Lord and Ann Coulter. House Speaker Paul Ryan took a hammering for his recent speech including the