Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu's jokes tend to skew left. And on YouTube, he's developed a riff on the difference between Mike Bloomberg, the very unpopular mayor of New York (where Kondabolu now lives), and our own embattled Mike McGinn. Kondabolu previously lived here in Seattle, where his brother Ashok, of the band Das Racist, happened to meet McGinn backstage after a show. "That would never happen in New York!" says Kondabolu. "You'd never meet Mayor Bloomberg. He wouldn't just walk around, because someone would kill him. None of you have the intense desire to kill the mayor of Seattle!" Ashok chimes in about McGinn: "He seemed like a normal human being. But Bloomberg couldn't even pretend to be a normal human being. When he's even eating a hot dog—it's like, Get out. Nice try." There you have it: No fancy billionaire, our rumpled bike-riding mayor can convincingly eat a hot dog—just like the rest of us! And though Kondabolu likely won't be offering any political endorsements for the 2013 election, maybe he's already written McGinn's campaign slogan for him: "Vote for Mike: Nobody wants to kill him." BRIAN MILLER

Tue., Nov. 8, 7 & 9 p.m., 2011

 
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