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Comedian Hari Kondabolu on The Problem with Apu

Presented in collaboration with truTV

Free Evening Event with Screening and Panel Discussion

Evening Program

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0188
National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle
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The creator and star of “The Problem with Apu”, comedian Hari Kondabolu (Photo: truTV)

Please Note: This event is free, but requires registration. Also, tickets will not be mailed in advance. Check-in will occur at the event.

In the new documentary The Problem with Apu, South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing nemesis Apu Nahasapeemapetilon—better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons.

Creator and star Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature came about, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist—intact—nearly three decades later. The film features Kondabolu’s interviews with fellow performers Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Aparna Nancherla, as well as Simpsons writer Dana Gould and others.  

In a special screening and panel event, view the hour-long film before it premieres on Sunday, November 19 on truTV. After the screening, hear Kondabolu, in conversation with NPR’s Elizabeth Blair, discuss the making of the documentary and his quest to confront how South Asian characters are depicted on television.  

Hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by the New York Times, Brooklyn-based comedian Kondabolu co-hosts the popular podcast Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell. 

Take a look at the trailer for The Problem with Apu.