10 Years

by hari on January 14, 2010

It’s been 10 years since a 17 year old Hari Kondabolu first did stand-up comedy at “Comedy Night,” a show he produced at Townsend Harris High School.

Look at him un-ironically wearing that sports jacket on stage because he thinks that’s what standup comics are supposed to look like. I’m (switching to first person now) probably telling jokes about Indian immigrants driving cabs and how thick my parents accents are. So much still to learn…

I really didn’t expect to be doing stand-up comedy for this long, and the idea of being on TV and making a career out of this was not even in the realm of possibility.

Thank you all for a decade of support. I’m still constantly stunned by all of this and I’m grateful to all my friends, family and fans for their encouragement and for going to all those shows before I was even mildly funny. (I’m so, so so, so sorry…especially for that set I had at the now-closed Blah Blah Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn 7 years ago. WOW.)

Now off to Bellingham, Washington to celebrate 10 years by headlining Western Washington University.

And tomorrow “John Oliver’s New York Stand- Up Show” at 11pm on Comedy Central.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

The Station Agent January 24, 2010 at 2:45 am

You killed on John Oliver's show. Gongrats. I look forward to seeing more.


Jes January 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Hi Hari,
Thanks for coming to Teachers College last night. My favorite joke was the one that paralleled colonialism and dating. You're clever!
I don't want you to think we didn't enjoy you. One thing that got a little sticky was the religion jokes. At TC, multiculturalism and the respect for other beliefs are really important to us.
But all in all, everyone had a good time. Hope to see another act again soon!


chandra January 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

"vegan soulfood." genius. looking forward to hearing another set.


Uday February 5, 2010 at 5:02 am

Will you be coming to Seattle/Bellevue anytime soon?


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