Aparna Nancherla is delighted you are here. She’s a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. You can currently see her on HBO’s Crashing or Season 2 of Love on Netflix. She also popped up in the past season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. She 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 a web series with comedy diamond parade Jo Firestone called Womanhood for Refinery29, as well as a podcast called Blue Woman Group with the funniest and most transcendent depresso maven around, Jacqueline Novak.
Her artistic journey took off in Washington D.C. (it’s all about the Washingtons), but she now resides in the biggest apple in the gosh darn world.
Aparna’s sense of humor tends toward the dry, observational variety, but do be warned, her act runs rampant with absurdism and premeditated whimsy.
Other credits include writer and performer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and 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. She has also done videos for Above Average, Refinery29, Funny or Die, Slate V, and MTV Other.
In addition to being a 2013 New Face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, she has also been on numerous lists such as 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”. She has also been featured in in Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine.
You may have heard Aparna 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.
Comics Aparna has been humbly delighted to open for include 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.
Notable venues and shows she has played include 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.
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. She has also acted in various sketches, web videos and series, pilots, and short films.
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