Warn Your Relatives: Hari Kondabolu's new special is best when it's at its simplest

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Hari Kondabolu’s Netflix special Warn Your Relatives brims with the kind of incisive political comedy one can expect from Kondabolu, the star, creator, and executive director of the pop culture documentary The Problem With Apu. There are digs at Trump, and self-aware attempts to stop talking about Trump that end in,…

TruTV is re-running The Problem With Apu, right before this week's The Simpsons

Hari Kondabolu’s TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu first aired last November, offering up a critical examination of The Simpsons’ hard-working Kwik-E-Mart operator, along with the various cultural factors, writing decisions, and acting choices that led a white man’s caricature of an Indian accent to become a…

The Problem With Apu wades into a bigger issue: The evolution of comedy

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No one wants to think that the pop culture they love doesn’t love them back, but that’s the situation in which people of color (any marginalized group, really) often find themselves. They’re underrepresented on screen, which makes every appearance significant—and all the more disappointing when their inclusion is…

Hari Kondabolu on loving The Simpsons, but hating Apu (and making a movie about it)

“They haven’t seen the movie!” It’s Monday, November 5, and Hari Kondabolu is already having preemptive criticisms of his new truTV documentary, The Problem With Apu, lobbed at him on Twitter. “I don’t mind discussion, I don’t mind criticism, but watch the goddamn movie, then go after it.” The Problem With Apu, which…

Exclusive: Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, and more to play Bonnaroo’s comedy tent

The Bonnaroo comedy lineup is here, and as always, it’s pretty solid. The Tennessee festival’s comedy stage will feature performances from Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, 2 Dope Queens, Kyle Kinane, Hari Kondabolu, Mike Lawrence, and The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Sam Morill, Jo Firestone, Seaton…

The best comedy albums and specials of 2014

Rather than subject ourselves to the usual painstaking process of attaching points to comedy albums and specials this year (as we’ve done in years past), we’ve decided to simply provide you with a handy list of our favorites from 2014 and let you do the heavy lifting. It was a bigger year for up-and-comers than 2013,…