Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer, and podcaster based in Brooklyn. The NY Times called him “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” and described his 2018 Netflix special Warn Your Relatives as “an incisively funny and adventurous hour that reveals a comic in command of his powers.” Hari currently hosts the new Netflix food competition series Snack vs Chef along with Megan Stalter.
In 2017, his truTV documentary The Problem with Apu was released to critical acclaim and spurred a global conversation about race and representation. The Nation called it “a devastating critique of the ultimate comedic sacred cow: The Simpsons.” It is now used in high school, college and grad school curriculums around the US.
Hari has released two comedy albums, Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic, and has performed on Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live, among many others. He is also a former writer and correspondent on the much loved, Chris Rock produced FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
A regular on the public radio, Hari is a panelist on the NPR game show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. As a podcaster, he co-hosted the popular Politically Reactive with W. Kamau Bell, and a “pop up podcast,” The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast with his younger brother Ashok.
Hari attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating with a B.A. in Comparative Politics. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.