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Netflix Stand Up: Hari Kondabolu, Warn Your Relatives

If you think he’s talking about you, you’re probably right.

Hari Kondabolu breaks down identity politics, celebrity encounters, mango obsession and more in this unpredictable stand up comedy special.

You may recognise this man’s name from trying to take down ‘The Simpsons’ over his views on Apu “The Problem with Apu” which sparked a lot of controversy.  However, with this special he is looking far beyond a kids cartoon.

In his comedy special, Kondabolu talks about the change in American culture.

“It’s more personal and that’s something I’ve shied away from in the past. I tell you this is the way I feel, but how did I develop that and who is my family and how did I get here and what is my journey? That stuff I think I protected more, but in this special, I feel like it comes across a lot clearer,” Kondabolu told IndieWire. “I guess on a broader way that’s important, right? In order for other people to understand why we feel the way we feel, they need to know what led us to that. We have to hear each other’s stories. I’m not just addressing the audience in front of me. I’m addressing the audience at home.”

“I don’t want to be like, ‘Oh, this special is for liberals and anyone who is on the left.’ This special is for everybody and I try to find ways to make people understand my experience,” Kondabolu said. “I want people to be able to question themselves and to be able to laugh at it. Certainly, some people got a little confused or turned off, like, ‘I thought he was our friend! What happened?’ I want to make sure people know that I’m on the side of what I think is true, not on your side.”

“On my first record, I have a joke about liberal cowards moving to Canada. Everyone talking about, ‘If this person wins the election, I’m moving to Canada,’ as opposed to staying and fighting. I want you to know that I’m going to be critical and that doesn’t stop with just the people that you dislike. It might be you as well,” Kondabolu said.

 

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