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CoastLine: Hari Kondabolu On Truth In Comedy And Lessons For White People

Hari Kondabolu stars in the Netflix comedy special, Warn Your Relatives and performs at the Dead Crow Comedy Room April 5th and 6th.

Hari Kondaboluis on at least a double mission – although they are connected.  

[Hari's voice from a Tumblr post:]  "Hari Kondabolu.  Hari... Kondabolu."

He calls this The Galifianakis.  On this edition, we find out why.  But he says his big goal is making people laugh...

[intro to Netflix comedy special, Warn Your Relatives]

"Please welcome to the stage... Hari Kondabolu!"  [applause and cheers]

Hari Kondabolu does make people laugh.  But he also makes people think.  He’s caught the attention of NPR and done interviews on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  He’s a panelist on Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!, and in 2014, The New York Times described him as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.”   That’s despite his resistance to labels.

Just last year, Netflix released his comedy special “Warn Your Relatives” and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch.

Hari Kondabolu also wrote and produced a documentary called The Problem With Apu, a critically-acclaimed exploration of the racially-stereotyped Indian immigrant character on The Simpsons -- voiced by white charcter actor Hank Azaria.

He performs at The Dead Crow Comedy Room in downtown Wilmington Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th.    

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR