It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show I talk to stand-up Hari Kondabolu. Born and raised in Queens, Hari became a professional stand-up almost by chance while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, John Oliver and has his own Comedy Central Presents. Hari also wrote for and appeared as a correspondent on FX’s Totally Biased with Kamau Bell and his debut stand-up album Waiting for 2042 is now out on Kill Rock Stars.
Back in April, Hari came by the Harlem studio while on the whistlestop tour for his album, and we talked about fear fatigue, arranged marriage, Western ideas of love, parenting as an art, living with guilt, privilege, being on the same team and little league regrets. Also! In the second half of the show, my good friend Tabitha Lee stops by to talk more about Western vs. Eastern understandings of love. Like Hari’s parents, Tabitha’s grandparents have an arranged marriage. We talk about that plus love in the time of communism.