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Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who the NY Times has described as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Hari has appeared the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show, @midnight, The Nightly Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. His critically-acclaimed debut album Waiting for 2042, which was released on legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars was one of the “Top 10 Stand-up Albums of 2014” according to Paste Magazine. The Portland Mercury wrote that “the marriage of careful joke structure and fiercely intelligent commentary elevates this album from a collection of solid progressive punchlines to a work of art.” He has since released Mainstream American Comic and the self-released Hari Kondabolu's New Material Night Volume One.
Hari was a writer and correspondent on the Chris Rock produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX network. Kamau has described his long-time friend and collaborator as “the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human right's rally.” The duo are currently co-hosting a weekly political podcast through First Look Media called “Politically Reactive.”
A public radio regular, Hari has been interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has also been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, Marketplace and The Moth. He has also been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post and PBS NewsHour. On the podcast front, he has made appearances on WTF with Marc Maron, Death, Sex and Money, You Made It Weird, Too Beautiful to Live and 2 Dope Queens. He is also a rotating co-host for The Bugle with Andy Zaltzman.
Hari has also performed at such notable festivals as the HBO Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, Outside Lands, Sled Island, Riot LA, Bridgetown, the Aspen Ideas Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.
Hari Kondabolu’s website is harikondabolu.com and he can be found on Twitter at @harikondabolu.