A friend emailed me over the weekend, notifying me that desi stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu was going to appear to on Jimmy Kimmel on Monday, February 19. Unfortunately, I was out of town and didn’t get to check my email in time (drat!) so I missed the whole thing. And I’ve been scouring the internet since then, trying to find the clip for this post but I have yet to find it. (If anyone can point me to it, I’ll upload it here.)
UPDATE: My friend emailed Hari and asked him for the clip, and he was nice enough to send it to her. Here you go. I love it!
I’m usually not a huge fan of stand-up comedy, although there’s a few comedians that I follow. My favorite is Aron Kader (which shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who reads PSID) — mainly because his material is gutsy and clever and yet non-polarizing at the same time. And, he’s a cutie.
In any case, I’d never heard of Hari Kondabolu until I received my friend’s email. According to his website, he’s only 24, which makes his appearance on Kimmel even more impressive. But this line in his bio had me intrigued:
Hari Kondabolu discovers big laughs with material most comics wouldn’t think about exploring: Racism, Privilege, and Power.
Looks like he doesn’t hold back.
His writing is also snarky and witty and much more subtle. This excerpt from his blog had me smirking:
The most common annoyance I have at comedy shows are MCs or hosts (always White comicsâ€¦Iâ€™m in Seattle) introducing me to the stage with a corny joke about me being â€œIndian.â€ For some reason, many white comics feel this is new ground and continue to introduce me with jokes like: â€œLadies and Gentleman straight off the reservation…â€ OR â€œLetâ€™s hear it for our favorite Cherokee comedian!â€ OR â€œOur next comedian is Indianâ€¦DOTS NOT FEATHERS!â€ You get the picture. Hack. Straight-up hack. I generally smile and move on with my set. Sometimes, however, Iâ€™m just not in the mood for the bullshit. For example, several months ago after an intro similar to the ones listed above, I came on stage and uttered this line: â€œThanks Tom for that wonderful introduction. Ladies and Gentleman, letâ€™s give it up for the BISCUITâ€¦ohâ€¦I meant, the CRACKERâ€¦ sorry, I get those two things confused as well.â€
His blog is worth a look.