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Hari Kondabolu to Keynote Foundation Benefit

The South Asian Bar Association Foundation ("SABA Foundation") is pleased to announce the first recipient of the SABA Foundation Hero Award and 2018 Foundation Benefit Keynote Speaker will be renowned comic Hari Kondabolu.

The SABA Foundation Hero award recognizes individuals who have raised awareness and improved the lives of South Asians in North America. We truly appreciate the work Hari has done as an activist, comedian and representative of our community to remove harmful stereotypes from mainstream America, outlined in detail below.

Hari is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called "one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today." In March 2014, he released his debut standup album "Waiting for 2042" on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He was NYU's APA Institute's "Artist in Residence" for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver's New York Standup Show.

Hari's Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok ("Dap" from the hiphop group Das Racist) and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast.

Hari went to Townsend Harris High School and the school's mascot, "Hari the Hawk," was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.)

He attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit- earning dissertation entitled "Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement."

SABA Foundation is thrilled to honor the accomplishments of Hari at the Foundation Benefit, where its 2018 annual grants will also be presented.