Guest Comedian: Hari Kondabolu
According to The Seattle Times, Hari Kondabolu is "a young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor." Like his comedic heroes, he wants to speak truth to power with confrontational and personal material. Unlike them, he does not want to die of a morphine overdose or set himself on fire.
Hari has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and was featured in the 2007 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Additionally, his short film MANOJ, which he wrote, starred in, and co-produced with director Zia Mohajerjasbi, was selected to play at the 2008 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and was a Finalist in the 2007-2008 Boston Motion Picture Awards.
Feature: Rajiv Satyal
Rajiv Satyal is the small, bespectacled Indian guy from Ohio whose witty and TV-clean act covers everything from racial issues to soap bottles to his favorite topic – himself. He has opened repeatedly for Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle, and Kevin Nealon. Russell Peters recently named Rajiv as 1 of 2 Indian-American comics to watch.
This LA-based pocket pundit challenges people to see a new point-of-view. And to explain that Indians were not involved in 9-11 – just 7-11.
Finally, he talks about what it’s like to be Rajiv. And we all have some Rajiv in us, even if we don’t want to admit it.
You can find Rajiv acting in commercials, doing improv, on Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes?, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, regularly performing in the touring MAKE CHAI NOT WAR showcase, and managing comedic content online.
Host: Azhar Usman
Azhar Usman is America’s top South Asian Muslim standup comedian. As co-founder of the internationally acclaimed "Allah Made Me Funny – The Official Muslim Comedy Tour," he has performed in over a dozen countries on five continents.
He has been featured in over 100 major world media, and he is presently producing a feature-length Kings of Comedy-style concert film based on the Allah Made Me Funny Tour.