About Hari Kondabolu
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who was discovered in Seattle by the HBO Comedy Festival in 2006 while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He was recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX network. He has also performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special.
He has been profiled on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and was one of Flavorwire’s “50 Up and Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013.”
He has also performed at such notable festivals as South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.
Additionally, Hari has established himself in the UK with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.
When in New York City, he works with his brother Ashok (Dapwell of the now-defunct Das Racist) co-hosting the live, mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He is also a published author who wrote the Spin Magazine cover story on Das Racist in October 2011.
He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. He also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008.
His website is http://www.harikondabolu.com and you can find him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/harikondabolu
“Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender.” NPR
“This incorrigibly smart, rising comic exhibits a duality in his act that doesn't seem quite plausible: He's both political and fun…[and] deals in calmly reasoned polemics." TIMEOUT NY
“A national comedy treasure” THE STRANGER
“A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.” THE SEATTLE TIMES
“The comic has helped change the way race and class are talked about on TV.” THE CHICAGO READER
“Scary smart and scathingly funny, the charming Hari Kondabolu's one of the best stand-up comedians working today. He's also one of the most relevant, with his hilarious comedy closely tied in to today's not-so-hilarious headlines. You will go to this and you will laugh and you will laugh some more and then you will think about it for days afterward.” PORTLAND MERCURY
“Socially and politically poignant material in a digestible, laid back delivery.” LAUGHSPIN
“The former immigrants’ rights organizer stays true to his progressivism with material aimed at that enlightening/entertaining sweet spot …The best art attacks the bullies, not the bullied, so if you’ve ever felt uncomfortable thanks to rape jokes or hackneyed caricatures, let this guy restore your faith in comedy (and humanity).” PHILADELPHIA CITYPAPER
QUOTES FROM OTHER COMEDIANS:
“Hari Kondabolu is the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human right’s rally. He is a truly inspirational performer who is ahead of his time and is grabbing us by the lapels to catch up with him.” W. KAMAU BELL
"Hari Kondabolu is intelligent, insightful and hilarious - a true comic genius." MARGARET CHO
"It is a common fault in Human Nature that the unseen and unknown provoke excessive confidence or excessive fear, and so it happened on this occasion: Track # 7, Hari Kondabolu’s willfully ignorant assessment of Weezer." GAIUS JULIUS CEASAR, 46 BC
*Additional commentary by JANEANE GAROFALO, 2014 AD
“Of all the comics named Hari, Hari Kondabolu is the best.” CHRIS ROCK