Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer & podcaster based in
Brooklyn, NY. He has been described by The NY Times as “one of the most
exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In 2018, his Netflix
special “Warn Your Relatives” was released and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch.
Regarding his special, The NY Times wrote ” it was an artistic
breakthrough for him, an incisively funny and formally adventurous hour
that reveals a comic in command of his powers.”
Hari has released two comedy albums two albums, “Waiting for 2042”
& “Mainstream American Comic” with the legendary indie rock label
Kill Rock Stars. He has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman,
Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, @Midnight
& has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. A former writer
& correspondent on the Chris Rock produced FX TV show “Totally
Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” In 2017, he released his critically
acclaimed documentary “The Problem with Apu” on truTV.
Hari is a regular on the public radio gameshow “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell
Me.” Hari has also appeared on such notable radio shows and podcasts
as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WTF
with Marc Maron, 2 Dope Queens, Morning Edition, All Things Considered,
Prairie Home Companion, Wits, Studio 360, and Bullseye. He co-hosted
the popular “Politically Reactive” podcast with W. Kamau Bell
and currently co-hosts “The Kondabolu Brothers Podcast” with his brother
Ashok on Earwolf.
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.
Hari 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. He was the NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in
Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
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.