OK, OK, so Hari Kondabolu isn't technically from Seattle. He was born and raised in New York and he went to college on the East Coast. But he got his start in stand-up comedy in the Emerald City, and once worked for the local immigrant-rights group Hate Free Zone (created in the months following 9/11, and now called OneAmerica), so we're claiming him as our own. And besides, he makes fun of Portland sometimes, and that alone is enough to make him an honorary Seattleite.
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Some of Kondabolu's best jokes riff on Middle Eastern stereotypes, and he is as profane as he is intelligent: He left our city in 2007 to get his master's in human rights from the London School of Economics. His brother Ashok is in the hip-hop group Das Racist.
Kondabolu has performed all over Seattle, including a show at the Showbox Market that was famously attended by Bill Gates. (Insert joke about Gates confusing the Indian comedian with a Microsoft employee here.) He's made quite a name for himself in the comedy world--even if people constantly mispronounce that name--appearing on HBO, Jimmy Kimmel, and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. Watch more hilarious clips of him here, then tune in tonight at 11 on Comedy Central for his half-hour-long special.