Exclusive Clip: Comedian Hari Kondabolu Brilliantly Takes Down All Lives Matter


For years now, comedian Hari Kondabolu has taken the most depressing—and ridiculous—political realities of our time and turned them into the kind of brilliant jokes we desperately need to keep our sanity intact. In the process, he’s become a favorite of progressives, his words even becoming mantras at protest rallies and demonstrations.

On his new album, Mainstream American Comic, which comes out on July 22, Kondabolu focuses his razor-sharp wit on all necessary targets. That includes, as seen in the clip below, police brutality, guns and the ridiculousness of All Lives Matter.

Kondabolu starts by discussing the controversy surrounding Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy’s statement that guns are a public health issue. 

“It’s very controversial, because on one side of the issue you have people who support the Second Amendment and will not waver for any reason, right?” Kondabolu asks the audience. “On the other side of the issue, you have people who’ve been shot."

From there, he tears into the gun lobby, our lack of sensible gun laws, cops who shoot to kill black folks on sight, and the importance of Black Lives Matter as a response. Which, of course, requires a look at the absurdity of those who insist on shouting that All Lives Matter.

“All lives matter? You’ve seen reality television. All lives matter, really?” Kondabolu asks, incredulous. “All three Kardashians—all three of them?”

Check out the whole clip, which is hilarious and great, below. 

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