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Ashok Kondabolu

Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu is a writer, artist and performer from Queens. He was most notably a member of influential rap group Das Racist, a rap group which toured throughout the world and played Primavera, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Carnegie Hall, and many venues across the world. They appeared on Conan O’Brien and were on the cover of Spin Magazine’s 2011 comedy issue.

As an artist, Ashok’s video and art installations have been featured at the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, the Queens Museum, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others.

Ashok wrote two long-running columns for Vice Magazine (Munchies and Noisey): one dealing with food and travel, the other a regular column about his life, past and present. He does an interview column for the Asian American Writers Workshop’s The Margins and his writing has appeared in the Fader, Complex, the Brooklyn Rail, Spin, and more.

He has done punch-up writing for "Broad City" and worked with his brother, comedian Hari Kondabolu, on "The Kondabolu Bros. Podcast," on the Earwolf podcast network, which is a corollary to their live show "The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project."

In 2009, Ashok created the popular weekly rap radio show "Chillin Island," for East Village Radio, which featured a long list of notable comedians, actors, and rappers. The show now airs on the vanguard Know-Wave network and is currently in production as a live-action show for television.

In 2017, Kondabolu created “Hey, How Ya Doin?”: a variety show composed of man on the street interviews around Brooklyn, in-studio interviews with entertainers, friends and teens, eerie video montages set to poetry, “narration” videos, and live musical performance, all with a distinct NYC flair. The pilot aired on the BRIC network.

Ashok’s website is dapwell.com and he can be found on Twitter at @dapwell.

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Sunday, January 13