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Watch Hari Kondabolu in 'NYT's New Web Series 'Off Color'

The New York Times debuted a new web series today called Off Color featuring "several artists of color who use humor to make social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today." Check out the first episode starring standup Hari Kondabolu above, which includes an appearance by W. Kamau Bell and a look at how, in Kondalu's words, he's learned to "recycle pain."

'The Simpsons' Will Kill Off Another Character This Season; Who Will it Be?

The Simpsons premiered its 25th season on Sunday night, but the show hasn't completely settled in its ways. In a recent phone conference, executive producer Al Jean told reporters that another regular character will be killed off this year:

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is," Jean said cagily.

The show hasn't been shy about killing off characters in the past; most notably, Maude Flanders met her demise in 2000's "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily."

But Jean's clue doesn't give much away about the identity of the soon-to-be-deceased Springfield resident, as the show has [...]

Is Standup Comedy the New Punk Rock?

Portland's famous underground record label Kill Rock Stars is profiled in a recent article for the Portland Mercury that examines its recent foray into standup specials, and it's pretty interesting. Known for helping push bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Elliott Smith to mainstream fame, Kill Rock Stars has taken more and more interest in recording standup sets since a chance Twitter encounter with Kurt Braunohler in 2012 led to their release of his hour standup special How Do I Land? The label's most recent additions include Laura Kightlinger, Hari Kondabolu, Ian Karmel, and Cameron Esposito.

Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin even goes so far as [...]

Talking to Hari Kondabolu About His New Album and the Impact of 'Totally Biased'

Hari Kondabolu was not really supposed to become a professional standup. The otherworldly circumstances that brought him from a career as an immigrant rights organizer to the present-day release of his first album, Waiting for 2042 (named for the alleged year in which white Americans will be in the statistical minority), could have easily taken him on another professional trajectory.

This path is probably part of why he is extremely humble. Despite an extremely productive career that included regional fame in the Seattle comedy world, a writing and presenting slot on FX’s now-defunct Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, a well-regarded podcast and live show with his brother [...]