October 21, 1982 |
Queens, New York
Kondabolu attended Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, New York and graduated in 2000. He began performing standup when he then attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. The Bowdoin Orient reported on February 23, 2007:
- "While spending his junior year at Wesleyan University developed Kondabolu as a 'scholar and an artist' because of the campus's politics and a thriving art scene, Bowdoin provided Kondabolu with the audience to hear that art. Kondabolu left for Wesleyan as a sophomore, but word of mouth made his audience even larger when he returned to Bowdoin as a senior."
Kondabolu also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008.
Kondabolu has since made several television appearances as a stand-up comic. He made his first notable television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2007, when he also began to appear on a variety of national comedy festivals, including the 2007 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. In October 2012, he performed stand-up on an episode of Conan. Additionally, he has made several appearances on Comedy Central. Among these, he was featured in the July 18th, 2008 episode of Live at Gotham and later on the January 15th, 2010, July 20th, 2012, and August 17th, 2012 episodes of John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Most prominently, his own episode of Comedy Central Presents aired in 2011. He has also appeared a number of times on British television, including on Russell Howard's Good News in 2011 and 8 out of 10 Cats in 2012 and has acted in various comedic short films online. In 2012, he had a recurring sketch as part of BBC Three's Live at the Electric hosted by Russell Kane.
He has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a featured comedian for the US State Department-sponsored "Make Chai Not War" comedy showcase in India in 2012. His humor often centers on social issues such as poverty, racism, and a rejection of Indian stereotypes seen in media. For example, his short film MANOJ, which has played in comedy and film festivals around the world, including the Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal and Chicago, mocks comedians who broadly exploit their ethnic backgrounds for their material.
He and younger brother Ashok Kondabolu do a monthly, mostly improvised talk show together in New York City called "The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers" Project. Past guests have included Ajay Naidu, Aasif Mandvi, W. Kamau Bell, Leo Allen, Victor Vazquez (Kool AD of Das Racist), Charles Mudede and Blue Scholars. In January 2013, they started the "Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast" with new episodes premiering every two weeks.
- Neha Sharma (April 20, 2012). "The Small Town South Indian Boys Of New York". Rolling Stone India. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
- Hari Kondabolu. SFstandup.com, 15 October 2008. By Nato Green. Retrieved 27 Dec. 2011.
- Hari Kondabolu '04 - Live. The Bowdoin Orient. By Kelsey Abbruzzese. 23 Feb. 2007. Retrieved 27 Dec. 2011.
- Scanlon, T. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Human Rights Master's Degree", Seattle Times, July 24, 2007
- Hari Kondabolu (October 17, 2011). "Das Racist Cover Story: These Colors Don't Run". Spin. Retrieved 2011-10-17.