Mindy Kaling’s new sitcom The Mindy Project is the perfect opportunity for every single culture blogger, comedy blogger, racial issues blogger, and ladyblogger (um, myself included) to quack about Indian-Americans, women in comedy, Indian-American women in comedy and damn-where-did-she-get-that-cute-outfit-from. But it’s probably better worth your time to listen to the thoughts of stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu, an Indian-American comedian on Totally Biased with W. Kamu Bell.
Kondabolu’s set isn’t blazingly funny, but I almost don’t even care because his is such a rare viewpoint you hear in stand-up. The points he’s making — say, how long Indian-Americans have suffered under the stereotype of Apu the Qwik-E-Mart clerk on The Simpsons — are totally on point.
Mindy Kaling and her show might not be everybody’s cup of tea. But you can at least agree she’s better than that guy eating monkey brains (raw!) in the Indiana Jones movie.