Hari Kondabolu is not a household name yet, but if you like politically charged comedy that tackles social and racial issues, there's no one doing it better. Case in point: his latest project, "The Problem with Apu," a documentary analyzing the "Simpsons" convenience store owner, coming this fall on TruTV.
Until then, Kondabolu is ready to let his audience get to know the man behind the laughs.
"You’ll get to know what I believe in through my stories, and not just my politics and my jokes," the Indian-American comic says about his second standup album "Mainstream American Comic," out July 22.
He's also joined forces with fellow comic W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN's "United Shades of America," for a weekly podcast called "Politically Re-Active" where the two discuss social justice, or the lack thereof, in today's society. The tagline: "With the political circus of the 2016 presidential election heating up, you can laugh or you can cry. Choose to laugh."
We caught up with Kondabolu before he takes his act on the road, including The Bell House in Brooklyn on Aug. 3 and 4.