MIT SHASS welcomes Hari Kondabolu to campus
Comic and actor will perform a free show on October 13

“[Hari Kondabolu is] one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.”

The New York Times

MIT SHASS and the De Florez Fund for Humor welcomes stand-up comic, actor, and podcast host Hari Kondabolu to campus for a free performance on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm.

Born and raised in New York City, Kondabolu has performed his standup on such shows as the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has been a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered, among others. 

“When it comes to race, stand-up comedy has worked diligently to convince us that black and white people are fundamentally different,” writes Jason Zinoman at the New York Times. “It’s the premise that has birthed a million jokes. Hari Kondabolu, an Indian-American performer who is one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today, doesn’t merely reject that dichotomy. His jokes question race itself.”

Free tickets to this event will be available exclusively to members of the MIT community via online lottery, which will be open from September 20 through October 4.

Hari Kondabolu
Friday, October 13
7:00 pm
MIT 10-250
Click here to enter the ticket lottery

Funny like an engineer…?

Each year, the De Florez Fund hosts two major comedy shows on campus while supporting community projects that share the virtues of good humor with MIT.

Founded in 1988 by MIT alumnus Peter de Florez ('38), the fund supports projects that “impress students with the importance of humor in all aspects of life, both personal and business.” In the words of Jay Keyser, MIT Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, “A sense of humor is to an MIT student what the magic lasso is to Wonder Woman. You can survive without it, but boy does it come in handy.”

Major grants are issued twice annually. The next deadline to apply is February 26, 2017. Those seeking smaller grants—of $750 or less—may apply at any time.

MIT students, staff, and faculty who would like to attend the Hari Kondabulo show on October 13 should enter the online ticket lottery by Wednesday, October 4, for the chance to receive up to two free tickets.


Suggested links

Hari Kondabolu's website

De Florez Fund for Humor

Ticket lottery


Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
Writer: Daniel Pritchard