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Hari Kondabolu (multiple showtimes)

  • Comedy Club on State 202 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Hari Kondabolu visits for a weekend of stand-up in the wake of his documentary "The Problem With Apu." Tix/info

Courtesy of Yoon Kim

Courtesy of Yoon Kim

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's work is centered in speaking hilarious truth to power. He holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and he wields his knowledge to mercilessly demolish ideas like "not seeing race," and explain why having white guilt is a great alternative to racism. His combination of conscientiousness of issues surrounding marginalized groups, and pointed anger at those in power, comes to a head in his 2017 comic-documentary, The Problem With Apu. Kondabolu is coming from a place of love for The Simpsons, but he's intent on grappling with an offensive portrayal that targets immigrants like his parents as a source of one-dimensional humor. The film, newly in the spotlight of late, a goose-chase to hold Hank Azaria, the white actor who voices Apu (and many other Simpsons characters), accountable, but also documents the recent gains Indian-Americans have made in mainstream media representation. As Kondabolu interviews people like Noureen Dewulf, the inspirational side of the documentary shines. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Later Event: April 20
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