In this hour-long documentary, creator and star HARI KONDABOLU, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.
In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, HARI speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. AZIZ ANSARI, KAL PENN, HASAN MINHAJ, RUSSELL PETERS and MAULIK PANCHOLY share poignant stories about their own experiences with Apu and the broader questions about the comedy and representation he evokes. With additional interviews with EGOT-winner WHOOPI GOLDBERG, W. KAMAU BELL and many more, The Problem With Apu takes a humorous look at how even a beloved television series can have a blind spot.
Hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times, Brooklyn-based comedian KONDABOLU is the host of the popular podcast “Politically Re-Active” alongside W. KAMAU BELL.