When: Thu., Dec. 15, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. 2016
Comedian Hari Kondabolu transcends most of the easy labels. He's a first-generation American who's just as comfortable exposing the idiocy of celebrity interviews as he is unspooling a long riff about race and politics in America. Kondabolu approaches every topic from a unique position of sharp social commentary combined with empathy, all delivered in a weary tone that implies he shouldn't have to be telling you this in 2016. He's currently on tour across the country, and you'd better believe he has stuff to say about this past year. Hari Kondabolu performs at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 15 to 17) at the Helium Comedy Club in the Galleria (1151 St. Louis Galleria; st-louis.heliumcomedy.com). Tickets are $15 to $20. It's an eighteen and older show, so if you can't vote yet don't show up.