Ashok Kondabolu

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Ashok Kondabolu
Kondabolu inside the former East Village Radio studio in 2012
Kondabolu inside the former East Village Radio studio in 2012
Background information
Also known asDapwell
BornApril 5, 1985
OriginQueens, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, comedian
Years active2008–present Edit this at Wikidata

Ashok Kumar Kondabolu (born 1985), also known by his stage name Dapwell (or Dap), is an American actor, writer, and internet personality from Queens, New York City. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, Kondabolu was first known for being a member of and hype man for the influential New York-based rap group Das Racist. Kondabolu announced that he will eventually release his own solo material.[1]

Rolling Stone India described Ashok as "New York's stock Joe Gould-like character injected with the creative adrenaline of gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson and the uncouth coarseness of writer Charles Bukowski."[2] With the breakup of Das Racist in December 2012, Kondabolu stated that he would be focusing his attention on his television and radio show, co-created with Despot, called Chillin' Island.[3]

He is the younger brother of comedian Hari Kondabolu, with whom he conducts the semi-regular live show Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project as well as the Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. Kondabolu created and starred in the NYC-centered variety show Hey, How Ya Doin? which aired on BRIC in 2018.

The first season of Chillin Island, starring Kondabolu, along with Despot, and Lakutis, premiered on HBO and HBO Max December 17, 2021.[4]


With Das Racist[edit]

With Jean Grae & Quelle Chris[edit]

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  1. ^ David Bevan (September 19, 2011). "Das Racist Shenanigans/Treats Abound". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  2. ^ Neha Sharma (April 20, 2012). "The Small Town South Indian Boys Of New York". Rolling Stone India. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  3. ^ Beverly Bryan (December 5, 2012). "Is There Life After Das Racist? Relax, Dapwell Says, Yes, There Is". MTV Iggy. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  4. ^ White, Peter (2021-12-10). "'Chillin Island': HBO Sets Rap Nature Reality Series From Josh Safdie". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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