About

71-ogAparna Nancherla is a comedian and general silly billy. Her sense of humor is dry, existential, and absurd, with notes of uncalled-for whimsy. Think a wine you didn’t order.

You can watch Aparna as Grace the belabored HR rep on the Comedy Central show, Corporate or hear her as the voice of Hollyhock on Bojack Horseman.

She also has a half-hour special on the second season of The Standups on Netflix, as well as appearances on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on CBS and Two Dope Queens on HBO. Other acting credits include A Simple Favor, Crashing, High MaintenanceMaster of None, and Inside Amy Schumer. Aparna was also named one of “The 50 Funniest People Right Now” by Rolling Stone. She also co-hosted the 2018 Women’s March Rally in NYC.

In 2016, she released her debut album, Just Putting It Out There, on Tig Notaro’s label, Bentzen Ball Records, and recorded a half hour special for Comedy Central.

On Monday nights, she co-hosts Butterboy at Littlefield in Park Slope at 8 p.m. with Jo Firestone and Maeve Higgins.

Watch the absurdist web series Womanhood Aparna made with genius treasure Jo Firestone for Refinery29.

Or listen to Blue Woman Group, the comedic self-help podcast she co-hosted with the funniest, most transcendent depresso maven around, Jacqueline Novak.

Writer/Performer
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Late Night with Seth Meyers

Played At
Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Wilbur Theatre, NYC’s Town Hall, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, The Wiltern, as well as an upstanding gaggle of theaters, independent venues, clubs, and colleges, or at 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.

Appearances On
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, Two Dope Queen on HBO, 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 Debate Wars 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

Plaudits
2018 Paste Magazine’s “20 Most Innovative Comedians Working Today”, 2017 Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest Comedians Right Now”, 2016 Variety’s “Top Ten Comics to Watch”, 2013 New Face at the 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
Vanity Fair, The New York Times, LA Times, Splitsider, Good Company Magazine, Glamour, Women’s Health, Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post Magazine.

Heard On
All Things Considered on NPR, the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, The Frame on KCRW, NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, Radio Q on CBC.

Videos/Ads For
Wired Magazine, AT&T, Bubly (Super Bowl!), Above Average, Refinery29, Funny or Die, Slate V, and MTV Other.

Gratefully Opened For
Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, John Oliver, 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.

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