Growing up in the United States, writer Wajahat Ali and comedian Hari Kondabolu didn’t have brown superheroes or protagonists. People who looked like them were seen as villains, goofy sidekicks, or worst, erased from the American narrative. As such, they always had to write their own roles and parts in America, a country they love but doesn’t always love them back.
In this lively, blunt, and honest conversation, they discuss themes from Ali’s new book GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM: AND OTHER HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO BECOME AMERICAN, which is an “elegy” for the rest of us who are not considered to be real Americans from the Rust Belt. How can we push and expand and stretch this country to accommodate all of us as its co-protagonists while others promote Muslim Bans, walls, and the abomination that is chocolate hummus?@WajahatAli
6:30pm Doors / 7:30pm Show
- Proof of full vaccination required for entry
- Masks required when not eating or drinking**
- This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for the best seat selection
This event is not socially distanced. All attendees must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend the event. Please download and register with NY’s Excelsior Pass. You must present this at the door to verify your vaccination status. If you are visiting from out of town or can not access the Excelsior Pass app, you must present your vaccination card or photo of your vaccination card at check-in. THE NAME ON THE VACCINATION CARD MUST MATCH YOUR ID.
Full Vaccination is 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine
All guests are asked to wear masks when not eating or drinking. The Bell House will follow all City, and State guidelines to ensure safe performance for patrons, staff, and artists.
This event will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements as of the date of the event; which could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other protective measures. Any updated protocols will be included in your ticket reminder email closer to the event date