Friday, March 28, 2014

Hari Kondabolu on Letterman

Indian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu is the sort of comedian beloved by many a left-wing thinker - the nerdy brown guy critiquing issues of race and identity. But first and foremost it's got to be funny, and fortunately he's got just enough good jokes so that it doesn't just feel like a sociology lecture. It's not really everyone's bag though, and you can sort of sense that at least some of the Letterman audience (somewhat older and whiter than say, the Jimmy Fallon or Conan O'Brien audience) is feeling a wee bit uncomfortable.


  1. I like Hari Kondabolu a lot - he can pull racial humour off well, without the self-righteous aggressiveness of an Aamer Rahman. His observation that, once upon a time, there was no monolithic "white" people in America is quite pointed, too.

  2. I especially like it when he articulates that just because Whites will "merely" be a plurality as opposed to an outright majority doesn't mean that they will become minorities. That sort of thinking would require seeing all non-Whites as a uniform hivemind (probably out to get Whitey). Rather than a misstatement, I think it's an accurate reflection of some people's view of race relations: there's Us and Them.

    It's an obvious truth, but very few in the public eye are saying so.

  3. Conan O'Brien audience humoris hahhha