- Was going to be a lawyer till he came to his senses.
Brooklyn comedian Hari Kondabolu is locked in a steamy romance with Seattle. And who could blame him? He has felt the Seattle Hug phenomenon in all its glory, the unsung—and very real—opposite of our fabled Freeze. He enjoys a dedicated local following that packs out his shows on the regular, his main writing partner Aham Oluo lives here, and weirdly enough, it was while residing in Seattle that Kondabolu officially launched his comedy career to the national stage. "My only ambition was to do Bumbershoot, and within a year, I did it," he remembers. "The next thing I knew, I had an e-mail from HBO. That's crazy. You don't get discovered out of Seattle—you get discovered out of New York or LA. It's still weird when I think about it. I owe Seattle everything."