HARI KONDABOLU announces the release of his new comedy album ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ out JULY 22 on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy as he tells of his love for the U.S. Surgeon General, how white people are mutants, a pro-choice classical language joke, a callback to his chart-topping debut comedy album 'Waiting For 2042', and more.
AV Club has the exclusive premiere of unreleased album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)” Listen here: http://www.avclub.com/r/237698tsd
‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ is available for pre-order at www.killrockstars.com/hari
“a funny but pointed look at race, gender, and politics" – AV Club
“Mainstream comic? Hari Kondabolu is changing the definition.” – PRI
“Hari Kondabolu has taken the most depressing—and ridiculous—political realities of our time and turned them into the kind of brilliant jokes we desperately need to keep our sanity intact.” – Alternet
“Hari dives headfirst into hot button issues like race, gender, and the election as well as even higher brow topics like modern art and the surgeon general, but always manages to keep his jokes sharp at every level and facet, which Hari makes sure there are plenty of.” – TheComedyBureau
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who The NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042″ on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He was NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham, and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and has appeared on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and @midnight.
In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. A regular on the public radio circuit, he has also appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye, and Soundcheck. He has also appeared on popular podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.
In the UK, Hari has established himself 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.
He has also performed at such notable festivals as the HBO Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.
When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist) and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist in November 2011.
He is a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY. He went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.)
He attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit-earning dissertation entitled “Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” This is, by far, the least funny thing he’s ever written…including this bio.
“One of the brightest and most politically engaged young performers in New York.”
– New York Times Critic’s Pick
“Proving that being socially astute and seriously funny aren’t mutually exclusive.” – NY Magazine
“2014 could be the year Kondabolu blows up. His wit is razor sharp, his command of the audience is remarkable, and there are few comics in America with material half as funny or intelligent.” – ArtLuxMag.com
“Get acquainted with your next favorite stand-up. The Queens comic’s hilarious first album takes aim at such ripe targets as middle-aged rock-nerd fandom (oh, Weezer!) and America’s never-ending weirdness about race.” – Entertainment Weekly, The Must List