Hari Kondabolu took an interesting career detour on his way to becoming a professional stand-up comedian. He got a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and worked as an immigrant-rights organizer in Seattle before deciding that comedy was going to be a job, not just a hobby.
His first album, “Waiting for 2042,” was released in March. The title refers to the year when white people are expected to be the statistical minority in the U.S. Much of Kondabolu’s stand-up is marked by sharp, nuanced critiques of race and power relations in America. Kondabolu was a writer and correspondent for the FX show Totally Biased and has a podcast with his brother. He’s performing at the Helium Comedy Club through Saturday.
State of Wonder host April Baer spoke with Kondabolu on Thursday, and we’ll hear her interview with him on the show today.