THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Hari Kondabolu is one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” [read more]

THE SEATTLE TIMES
“A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.” [read more]

“Eviscerated Western hypocrisy with a verbal razor that had overtones of Lenny Bruce.” [read more]

NPR
“Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender.” [read more]

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Your next favorite indie standup.” [read more]

TIMEOUT NY
“This incorrigibly smart, rising comic exhibits a duality in his act that doesn’t seem quite plausible: He’s both political and fun…[and] deals in calmly reasoned polemics.” [read more]

PORTLAND MERCURY
“Scary smart and scathingly funny, the charming Hari Kondabolu’s one of the best stand-up comedians working today. He’s also one of the most relevant, with his hilarious comedy closely tied in to today’s not-so-hilarious headlines. You will go to this and you will laugh and you will laugh some more and then you will think about it for days afterward.” [read more]

THE STRANGER:
“A national comedy treasure” [read more]

“a wise, witty, golden-hearted crusader for both funny jokes AND social justice” [read more]

CHICAGO READER:
“The comic has helped change the way race and class are talked about on TV.” [read more]

THE SEATTLE WEEKLY:
“While most of his material deals directly with race and politics in blunt fashion, he manages not to beat you over the head with it, but rather gives you something to think about on your drive home.” [read more]

EAST BAY EXPRESS:
“He based most of his routine on colonialism. Not just the old-fashioned kind … but also the contemporary kind — that thing we call “cultural appropriation…Most importantly, Kondabolu is not above heckling his audience. ‘You’ve been lukewarm so far, audience,’ he announced midway through a New Year’s set. Audience members chuckled politely in agreement.” [read more]

PHILADELPHIA CITYPAPER:
“The former immigrants’ rights organizer stays true to his progressivism with material aimed at that enlightening/entertaining sweet spot …The best art attacks the bullies, not the bullied, so if you’ve ever felt uncomfortable thanks to rape jokes or hackneyed caricatures, let this guy restore your faith in comedy (and humanity).” [read more]

LAUGHSPIN:
“Socially and politically poignant material in a digestible, laid back delivery.” [read more]

INDIA CURRENTS:
“Kondabolu addresses the political issues that outrage him, and as an artist, he thinks deeply about the messages he is presenting and the ways in which he is presenting them.” [read more]

A RANDOM WOMAN’S BLOG THAT STUMBLED UPON WHEN I GOOGLED MYSELF:
February 13, 2004
“…saw a really great comedian last night–laughed my ass off. Hari Kondabolu meets all of my “great comedian” criteria; that is, he: 1. addressed issues of oppression at least twice, 3. made no racist, sexist, homophobic, or classist jokes, and 2. made me laugh out loud. guys like him almost make me regret i’m a lesbian… almost. my favorite part (as close an approximation as i can recall): “given the choice between white guilt and oppression, i’d take white guilt every time!” [read more]

QUOTES FROM OTHER ARTISTS:

“Hari Kondabolu is the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human right’s rally. He is a truly inspirational performer who is ahead of his time and is grabbing us by the lapels to catch up with him.” W. KAMAU BELL

“Hari Kondabolu is intelligent, insightful and hilarious – a true comic genius.” MARGARET CHO

“Of all the comics named Hari, Hari Kondabolu is the best.” CHRIS ROCK

“Hari Kondabolu is punk as fuck.” KATHLEEN HANNAH

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