Special Event | International Comedy Night with Hari Kondabolu


Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Commons, 1st Floor

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No tickets are required. This event is FREE and open to the public—at the newly renovated Smith Campus Center in the heart of Harvard Square.

This event is part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, celebrated from October 20–27, 2018.

Break down barriers and create common ground! Join us for a dose of international-themed humor with comedian Hari Kondabolu and the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society.

About Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer, and podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In 2018, his Netflix special Warn Your Relatives was released and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch

Hari has released two comedy albums, Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic with the legendary indie rock label Kill Rock Stars. He has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, @Midnight, and has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. He's a former writer and correspondent on the Chris Rock-produced FX TV show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. In 2017, he released his critically acclaimed documentary The Problem with Apu on truTV.

Hari is a regular on the public radio game show Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. Hari has also appeared on such notable radio shows and podcasts as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WTF with Marc Maron, 2 Dope Queens, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Prairie Home Companion, Wits, Studio 360, and Bullseye. He co-hosted the popular Politically Reactive podcast with W. Kamau Bell and currently co-hosts The Kondabolu Brothers Podcast with his brother, Ashok, on Earwolf.

In the UK, Hari has established himself with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric, and Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.

Hari attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution with a BA in comparative politics in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a master's in human rights from the London School of Economics in 2008. He was the NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY. He went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at seventeen.)

Read more about Hari at www.harikondabolu.com.

About the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society

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Founded in 2007, the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (“Harvard College SUCS”) has been entertaining audiences in Sanders Theatre, Queens Head Pub, the Science Center, Fong Auditorium, the Gotham Comedy Club, and one random Rotary Club ever since. During their time with the Society, members have been seen at Improv Boston, the Comedy Studio, the Laugh Factory, and Last Comic Standing, and alumni have gone on to appear on Late NightAmerica's Got TalentLast Comic Standing, the Boston Comedy Festival, and many other festivals and showcases. They've also been called a "ragtag band of misfits" by Cosmopolitan Magazine


Michelle Nicholasen

This event is part of Harvard Worldwide Week  |  #HarvardWorldwide

Image of Harvard Worldwide Week logo Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth and depth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic, cultural, and social events with global or international themes. The second annual Worldwide Week at Harvard will take place Saturday, October 20 through Saturday, October 27, 2018.

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