Stand-Up Comedian

Aparna Nancherla

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Aparna Nancherla is delighted you are here. She’s usually in New York herself. She’s a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting.

Aparna Nancherla is delighted you are here. She’s usually in New York herself. She’s a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. Last year, she released her debut album, Just Putting It Out There, on Tig Notaro’s new label, Bentzen Ball Records, as well as recording a half hour special for Comedy Central.

Currently, you can see her on HBO’s Crashing, and the new seasons of both Master of None and Love, both on Netflix. She also popped up on the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer. You can also catch Aparna on the upcoming Comedy Central show, Corporate. Aparna was named one of “The 50 Funniest People Right Now”by Rolling Stone, as well as one of the “25 Best Comedians of 2016”by Paste Magazine.

Aparna most recently wrote for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, as well as Debate Wars on Seeso. In addition, she currently hosts the long-running popular underground New York comedy show, Whiplash at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on Monday nights at 11 p.m.

She also made an absurdist web series with comedy diamond parade Jo Firestone called Womanhood for Refinery29, as well as a comedic self-help podcast called Blue Woman Group with the funniest and most transcendent depresso maven around, Jacqueline Novak.

Aparna’s sense of humor tends toward the dry, observational variety, but do be warned, her act runs rampant with absurdism and premeditated whimsy.

Here is a list of other things Aparna has done that you can skim very quickly or fully ignore (her therapist made her write them out):

-writer and performer on: Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
-appearances on: Conan on TBS, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @midnight, and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Seeso’s Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Rooftop Comedy’s Live From the Barrel House, Netflix’s The Characters, VH1’s “I Love the 2000s” TruTV’s How to Be a Grown Up and Friends of the People, and Fuse’s White Guy Talk Show
-videos for: Above Average, Refinery29, Funny or Die, Slate V, and MTV Other.
-plaudits: 2013 New Face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Vulture’s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015” Marie Claire’s Funniest Women of 2015, Time Magazine’s 140 Top Tweeters of 2014, Jezebel’s Comedy Queens of 2014, Time Out NY’s “10 Funniest Women in New York” Flavorpill’s “11 Essential Young Comedians in New York City” LA Weekly’s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch” Serial Optimist’s “10 Comics You Must Know” and Splitsider’s “10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast”
-featured in: The New York Times, Glamour, Women’s Health, Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine.
-heard on: the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Radio Q on CBC, or seen her at countless festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Great American Comedy Festival.
-gratefully opened for: John Oliver, Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Dave Attell, Rob Delaney, Christian Finnegan, Tom Green, Eddie Brill, Hari Kondabolu, Myq Kaplan, and Chris D’Elia.
-played at: Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Wilbur Theatre, NY’s Town Hall, as well as a downright upstanding gaggle of theaters, independent venues, clubs, and colleges.
-other dirt: Aparna is also an experienced improviser, having studied at Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in both NY and LA, and the Groundlings, as well as Lesly Kahn’s school of acting. She may yet perform with latent-but-powerful independent improv group Mythical Newsroom.

Unsolicited Testimonial: “Oh geez louise Aparna, you are a unicorn in a field full of basic ass horses.” – My friend & colleague, the great Ahmed Huidobro

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