First Look Media today announced the launch of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, a weekly political podcast hosted by W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. Comedians and friends, Bell and Kondabolu will discuss, dissect, and question today's politics, the 2016 Election, and relevant issues alongside rotating expert guests. Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu will debut on Wednesday, June 29, and will be distributed by the Panoply podcast network.
Each 20-25 minute podcast of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu will include a deep dive on a specific topic or theme with a guest who is an expert on the spotlighted topic. The episodes will include comedic signature segments and occasional guests from the stand up comedy world.
Lisa Leingang, Senior Vice President, Programming for First Look Media said, "W. Kamau Bell is a gifted comedian with a unique brand of political and social humor who brings a highly engaged and diverse audience with him to Politically Re-Active. We couldn't be more excited to be working with Kamau and Hari, a true comedic dream team and our first and only picks for First Look Media's inaugural podcast."
W. Kamau Bell commented, "I couldn't be more excited that an incredible genre busting group of lefty hippies like First Look Media would allow me to live my dream of podcasting with one of my best friends and favorite comedians, Hari Kondabolu. Politically Re-Active is the result of many hours and hours of phone conversations, innumerable green room hangouts, and millions of calories of desserts eaten far too late at night after comedy shows that didn't start the revolution like me and Hari thought they would. The revolution will be podcasted and it will be hilarious."
W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian who is the host of the TCA Award nominated CNN docu-series, United Shades of America. Before United Shades, Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Kamau is also proud to be the ACLU's Ambassador of Racial Justice. Although he's also pretty upset that they didn't give him a badge. Kamau is also the host of Kamau Right Now!, a public radio talk show that airs on KALW in San Francisco. The SF Weekly called Kamau "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle," though he was more excited that they called him "handsome."
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who The New York 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. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.