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Friday, February 7, 2014

Short Film Fridays: Hari Kondabolu and a Farewell to James Keblas

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Many might not know this, but I coordinated my Short Film Friday posts with James Keblas' very popular weekly film and music newsletter. The idea to do this came from him. Indeed, lots of good ideas came from his office, as he was always looking for ways and opportunities to promote local film. As a consequence, expect the local film community to fear that it will be hit negatively by his departure, which really makes no sense at all. Why did the new mayor fire him? Why did he feel the need to fix something that was not broken? Why do we even have a new mayor in the first place? Anyway, what is done is done. Let's move on...

This week’s short film is a preview of a forthcoming comedy album, 2042, by the comedian Hari Kondabolu, a former resident of Seattle and a rising star in the comedy world. The album was record in Oakland (the Seattle of the Southwest) and produced by the local jazz trumpeter and comedian Ahamefule Oluo. 2042 refers to the year that America is expected to become a minority-majority country—meaning, the year when white Americans will have to stop calling other groups “minorities.” Kondabolu, an Indian American, was the brightest light in a brief golden age of local comedy (2003 to 2006).

 

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Hari is very clever and very funny.
Posted by anon1256 on February 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
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I think you can extend the "brief golden age of local comedy" to at least through 2007, when Laff*Hole at Chop Suey was at its peak (especially as 2007 was the year documented in Clint Berquist's "Seattle Komedy Dokumentary" as found here on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/15908363 )

And I think Emmett Montgomery's "Weird and Awesome" show still glows golden even today.
Posted by pg13 on February 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM · Report this

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