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HARI KONDABOLU'S NEW ALBUM, MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC, OUT NOW

July 22, 2016


HARI KONDABOLU releases his new comedy album ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ today on KILL ROCK STARS. Hari is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times and an "inventive and groundbreaking comedian" by The AV Club. ‘Mainstream American Comic’, his 2nd stand-up album, was recorded live in Portland, OR, and on it, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy. In an early review, the Seattle Times calls the album “fantastic” noting “Kondabolu proves throughout the album that he’s a comedian who has found his voice and figured out how to harness it for consistent laughs.”

A popular headlining stand-up, Hari has performed on stages around the country and will be on tour in support of ‘Mainstream American Comic’. The tour launches next Friday in Detroit before he heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and back to Brooklyn for release shows – 3rd show added by popular demand!- and back out again. All Dates Below.

A former writer and correspondent for "Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell", Hari has teamed up with Kamau for a new podcast called "Politically Re-Active" which recently premiered. Find it here: http://www.politicallyreactive.com/

ORDER ‘Mainstream American Comic’ digital or CD: www.killrockstars.com/hari
LISTEN: album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)”: http://bit.ly/29YTwk6
VIDEO: album track “All Lives Don’t Matter”: https://youtu.be/7t7OiqpFLkA

Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:

7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30
8/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30(SOLD OUT) & 9:30
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
9/22-24 – SF, CA @ Cobb’s Comedy Club
“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 ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, 'MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC'

June 06, 2016

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

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” His debut album, Waiting for 2042, was named by Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Standup Albums of 2014 and The Portland Mercury wrote that “the marriage of careful joke structure and fiercely intelligent commentary elevates this album from a collection of solid progressive punchlines to a work of art.” It is currently on high school and college curriculums around the country.

On TV, Hari has appeared the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show, @midnight, The Nightly Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. He was writer and correspondent for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and will reunite with Kamau for a new podcast airing this summer. Hari has also performed at festivals including Outside Lands, Sled Island, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, The Edinburgh Fringe and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:
7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, two shows 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 & 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I

DOWNLOAD OUR NEW COMEDY SAMPLER

October 22, 2015

Good news, MP3 fans! We made a new digital sampler of stand-up comedy from Ian Karmel, Emily Heller, Cameron Espsoito, Hari Kondabolu, and Kurt Braunohler that you can download for FREE at our Bandcamp page! Click here to download Crazed MP3 Fans Vol. 2!

HARI KONDABOLU CRITIQUES MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, TOURS

September 15, 2014

Hari Kondabolu has released a new video of his 'Matthew McConaughey on Tolerance' routine. A different version of this bit appears on his album Waiting For 2042 (still available on compact disc and good ol' mp3).

Catch Hari on tour this month!

9/18 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot // Tix: http://goo.gl/QSTTg4
9/19-21 New York, NY @ Carolines on Broadway // Tix: http://goo.gl/yzh0r2
9/23-24 Seattle, WA @ The Comedy Underground // Tix: http://goo.gl/KRsjQ1
9/24-27 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club - Portland // Tix: http://goo.gl/Y01uuU
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour // Tix: http://goo.gl/2VLjz1

HARI KONDABOLU TALKS ABOUT COLONIALISM, CHESS, AND HOMOPHOBIA ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O' BRIEN

June 20, 2014

Hari Kondabolu appeared on Monday's episode of Late Night with Conan O' Brien performing material of his new-ish stand-up comedy album Waiting For 2042. You can watch a video of his performance on Youtube.

Hari will be appearing Calgary, Alberta this weekend for the Sled Island festival. Click here for more info.

Hari's album Waiting For 2042. is available as a download at our Bandcamp page and on CD from our mail-order store.

HARI KONDABOLU ON ANDY BECKERMAN'S BEGINNINGS PODCAST

May 15, 2014

Hari Kondabolu is the guest on today's episode of Andy Beckerman's Beginnings podcast. Beginnings is a podcast where Andy Beckerman talks to comedians, writers, flmmakers, and musicians about their earliest creative experiences.

Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting For 2042 is available now on compact disc and as a digital download from our Bandcamp page.

HARI KONDABOLU ON LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

March 27, 2014

Hari Kondabolu made his first (of hopefully many) appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, in support of his new album Waiting For 2042 (out now on cd & mp3!)

CATCH HARI KONDABOLU ON TOUR NOW!

03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre TICKETS
03/30 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club TICKETS
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston TICKETS
04/02 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live TICKETS
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall TICKETS
04/29 Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Waiting for 2042 by Hari Kondabolu

HARI KONDABOLU "WAITING FOR 2042" OUT NOW ON CD AND MP3

March 11, 2014

We are excited to announce that Hari Kondabolu's debut stand-up comedy album, Waiting for 2042, is out now on cd and digitally.
To celebrate SXSW Comedy is putting on a surprise Waiting for 2042 album release show TONIGHT at the Hideout Theater at 617 Congress Ave, Austin, TX at 7:30. Click here for more info.

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who was discovered in Seattle by the HBO Comedy Festival in 2006 while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He was recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FX network. He has also performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Standup Show and has his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special.

He has been profiled on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and was one of Flavorwire’s “50 Up and Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013.”

He has also performed at such notable festivals asSouth by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch andJust for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

Additionally, Hari has established himself in the UK 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.

When in New York City, he works with his brother Ashok (Dapwell of the now-defunct Das Racist) co-hosting the live, mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He is also a published author who wrote the Spin Magazine cover story on Das Racist in October 2011.

He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. He also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008.

TOUR DATES
03/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall - Early 7:30 Show TICKETS
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (9 pm show) SOLD OUT
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (7 pm show) SOLD OUT
03/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent TICKETS
03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre TICKETS
03/30 Portland, OR @ Helium Comedy Club TICKETS
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston TICKETS
04/02 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live TICKETS
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall TICKETS

HARI KONDABOLU ADMITS "WEEZER BROKE MY HEART" TO SPIN MAGAZINE

February 20, 2014

We're excited about releasing Hari Kondabolu's debut stand up comedy album, Waiting for 2042, on March 11th and judging by the amount of pre-orders we've been getting, you guys are excited as well. So, we've decided to share another track from Waiting for 2042, "Weezer Broke My Heart", at the Spin website. Watch as Hari describes being "the creepy old dude at the Weezer concert at 28 [years-old]."

Waiting for 2042 is available for pre-order both digitally and on CD (all CD pre-orders come with a personalized postcard from Hari, a 1.25" button, and access to an MP3 version on release date).
Hari has a few Waiting for 2042 album release shows coming up in Brooklyn, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago; and will be adding more dates soon!

03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (7 pm show) tickets
03/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (9 pm show - SOLD OUT)
03/29 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre tickets
04/01 Boston, MA @ Improv Boston tickets
04/04 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall tickets

Hari Kondabolu signs to Kill Rock Stars!

July 18, 2013

Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce that they have signed comedian Hari Kondabolu and will be releasing his first full-length comedy album in early 2014. NPR calls Kondabolu “a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender,” and as such he is a perfect fit with KRS. Much of the music put out in the last 22 years on the label has been made by women, and much of it has a progressive political slant. Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical, and rising.” He has performed on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s 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. Hari is currently a writer and recurring on-camera contributor for FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He made his UK television debut on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News in April 2011, which preceded a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He then had a regular segment on the first series of BBC3′s “Live at the Electric” starring Russell Kane. He has also appeared on popular podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron and You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes.

When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised, monthly talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist). He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist in 2011. Hari is also a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

NPR's Morning Edition posted a great article on Kondabolu earlier today. You can read it here http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/18/203034882/comedian-hari-kondabolu-on-diversity-race-and-burger-king

Kondabolu is the road right now as part of the Totally Biased Standup Tour. Dates below:


07/19/13 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
07/20/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
07/21/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
07/25/13 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin' Wolf
07/26/13 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/27/13 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live

website- www.harikondabolu.com