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We welcome our first Comedian-in-Residence with what will no doubt be a legendary event. 2014-2015 A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Hari Kondabolu, “a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender” (NPR), is joined by journalist, critic, and radical historian Jeff Chang (Who We Be and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop) for an evening of comedy and conversation.
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, and his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special. A regular on the NPR-circuit, he has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He was most recently a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced FX show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Bell has described Kondabolu as “the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human rights rally.” Appropriately, Kondabolu released his debut stand-up comedy album Waiting for 2042 on indie-rock label Kill Rock Stars in March 2014. A former immigrants rights organizer, he is the 2014-15 A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence.
As the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Jeff Chang is continuing his long career specializing in culture, politics, the arts, and music. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. His new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, will be released on St. Martin’s Press in October 2014. He is currently at work on two other book projects: Youth (Picador Big Ideas/Small Books series), and a biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).
Photographs by Yoon Kim.