CORVALLIS, Ore. – Comedian Hari Kondabolu will perform at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Gill Coliseum.

Kondabolu’s appearance is part of a university-wide campaign through the Office of Institutional Diversity called We Have Work To Do. The campaign has five key themes: Creating Coalitions, Building Equitable Learning Environments, Confronting Bias, Establishing a Sense of Belonging and Transforming Our Future. The campaign recognizes the strides Oregon State University has made to advance diversity as a university community, while acknowledging that there is much to be done.

Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. He released a Netflix special called “Warn Your Relatives” in 2018 and has been named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, @Midnight and has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

Kondabolu released his critically acclaimed documentary “The Problem with Apu” on truTV in 2017. He was also a former writer and correspondent on the Chris Rock-produced FX show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.”

Kondabolu is also a podcaster and frequently performs on radio. In addition to his comedy, he has a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Economics and is a former immigrant rights organizer. He was born and raised in Queens, NY.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public, free for OSU students, staff and faculty with a valid OSU ID. This event is for those 18 years and older. Tickets are not available in advance. Public tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2MaJzx7. No outside food or beverage is allowed inside the venue. Guests can bring in one one-liter factory sealed water bottle. There will be a bag check at every entry.

The comedy show is being presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Student Experiences and Engagement, and ASOSU.

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