Such a good standup hour. Probably the best political comedy of the last...well, maybe my favorite ever. As good as the best stand up hours out there: Louis, Sarah Silverman's "we are miracles", Amy Schumer's "cutting", Hannibal's stuff...Can't wait for new stuff from Hari.
Favorite track: Mexican Stereotypes.
enoch kim // cnd9
Hari Kondabolu is the world's... second punk comedian but arguably the first one that matters. In between rip-roaringly funny routines Hari gets real about serious social issues with an authentic and energetic flair that is uniquely Hari Kondabolu.
Favorite track: Weezer Broke My Heart.
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.
Produced by Hari Kondabolu
Co-produced by Ahamefule J. Oluo
Hari Kondabolu produced by Uma and Ravi Kondabolu
Recorded by Tony Brooke of Silent Way, on July 16th, 2013 at the New Parish in Oakland, CA
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Erwin in Portland, OR
Photos by Smith Sinclair on Nov 24th, 2013 in Seattle, WA
Graphic Design by Brian Carter
Many Thanks to :
Mom and Dad for your unconditional love.
My brother Ashok, who is funnier than I am, for being my best friend.
Jatin Chopra for your stellar intro and not letting me choke on that Charleston Chew bar in the 4th grade.
My writing partner, Aham. This album doesn’t happen without you.
Sam Terry for being Sam Terry.
My dear friends Ariela Fryman, Adam Mingione, Toby Crittenden, Tom Shortliffe, Lindy West, Derek Schoonmaker, Monique D’urso, Will Madeira, Anjali Dotson, Ilana Rossein, Sara Dosa, Chrissie Blunt, Henry Laurence, Verity Altaras, Jordan Harrison, Nick Hiebert and Aparna Wilder. I’m blessed to have you all in my life. Thanks for putting up with my bullshit.
W. Kamau Bell for being my friend, mentor, and giving me a job (and health insurance).
JP Buck for discovering me in Seattle in 2006 and helping me start this journey.
My heroes Chris Rock, Stewart Lee, Paul Mooney, Margaret Cho, Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Marc Maron, Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut.
My manager Isaac Horne at Avalon and my agent Drew Welborn at WME for dealing with my micromanagement.
The folks at The New Parish...even though your check bounced.
Dwayne Kennedy, Baron Vaughn, Wyatt Cenac, Baratunde Thurston, Blue Scholars (Sabzi & Geo), Zia Mohajerjasbi, Jay Smooth, Chiraag Bhakta, Ramona Beltran, Janeane Garofalo, Nato Green, Janine
Brito, Alex Koll, Ahir Shah, Matt D, Aparna Nancherla, Rajiv Satyal, Azhar Usman, Lisa Delarios, Liz Miele, John Oliver and many other wonderful humans I forgot to mention.