Aparna Nancherla

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Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla.jpg
Nancherla performing at The Super Serious Show in 2013
Born (1982-08-22) August 22, 1982 (age 37)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
MediumStand-up, television
Alma materAmherst College
Years active2006–present
GenresObservational comedy, Deadpan
WebsiteOfficial website

Aparna Nancherla (born August 22, 1982) is an American comedian and actress. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and has written for Late Night with Seth Meyers.[1] and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Nancherla released her debut comedy album Just Putting It Out There through Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball Records on July 8, 2016.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Nancherla was born in Washington, D.C., into an Indian American family; her parents immigrated to the United States from Hyderabad in the 1970s.[4] She grew up outside Washington, attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Although she was accepted to the United States Military Academy, Nancherla chose to attend Amherst College and study psychology.[4][5]


After graduating from college she returned to Washington, D.C., where she began her standup career. Nancherla moved to Los Angeles, then to New York City to write for Totally Biased until the show's cancellation in 2013.[6][7] Nancherla was subsequently a staff writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2015.

Nancherla's credits also include several web series, including Your Main Thing with John Early, and co-created and starred in Womanhood, a satirical advice series with comedian Jo Firestone.[8][3]

On October 10, 2019 she was featured in a 30 minute Youtube documentary created by SoulPancake in collaboration with Funny or Die wherein a variety of comedians discuss mental health called Laughing Matters.[9]


Nancherla has appeared on Conan[10] and Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Variety named her to its list of "Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2016"[11] and the New York Times said that Nancherla "has become a comic in demand for her quirky, relatable and punchy humor."[12] She is also the co-host of Blue Woman Group, which the Daily Beast calls "a hilarious podcast about depression."[13]

In 2016, Comedy Central announced that Nancherla will record a half-hour special for the network.[14]

In 2017, she voiced Kishy in the short-lived animated series Ginger Snaps.

In seasons four, five and six of BoJack Horseman, Nancherla had a recurring voice role as BoJack's alleged daughter, Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack.[15] She also plays a ramen blogger in season two of Master of None,[16] has a recurring role in the first two seasons of the HBO series Crashing,[17] and the role of Grace in the Comedy Central series Corporate.[18]

In March 2018 she appeared on the Netflix's series, The Standups.[19]

In Steven Universe, she voices Nephrite, the uncorrupted form of the Centipeetle mother, in the season 5 episode "Legs from Here to Homeworld"; and the Jades in "Together Alone".

In the Bob's Burgers season 9 episode "UFO No You Didn't" she voices Susmita, Tina’s science partner.[20]

Works and publications[edit]

  • Nancherla, Aparna (November 28, 2016). "Comedian Aparna Nancherla on Having Compassion in the Face of Bigotry". Broadly.



  1. ^ Eldredge, Kristy (March 31, 2016). "Depression and Comedy with Aparna Nancherla". Splitsider. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Yalamanchili, Pavani (July 9, 2016). "Aparna Nancherla's Just Putting It Out There Brings Mental Health to the Stage". The Aerogram. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Allen, Emma (September 5, 2016). "A Guide to Womanhood". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Sterling, Anna (September 18, 2014). "Off Color: An Unlikely Comedian Embraces Her Outsider Role". NBC News. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Video and podcast: An Evening With Aparna Nancherla". MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. April 18, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Sims, David (June 6, 2016). "The Slow, Encouraging Signs of Progress for Women in Comedy". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "I am stand-up comic Aparna Nancherla, from Late Night with Seth Meyers and my debut album Just Putting It Out There! Ask Me Anything, Reddit! • r/IAmA". reddit. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Check Out the First Episode of Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone's Web Series 'Womanhood'". Splitsider. May 2, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary, retrieved October 30, 2019
  10. ^ "Aparna Nancherla Stand-Up 10/14/13". TeamCoco.
  11. ^ Staff, Variety (June 6, 2016). "Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2016".
  12. ^ Holcomb-Holland, Lori (July 18, 2016). "'That's a Thing I Did': Aparna Nancherla on Her Comedy Album". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Haglage, Abby (February 10, 2016). "Blue Woman Group Is a Hilarious Podcast About Depression". The Daily Beast.
  14. ^ Wright, Megh (June 2, 2016). "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Aparna Nancherla on 'You Made It Weird'". Splitsider. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  15. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (September 10, 2017). "'BoJack Horseman' Season 4 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywood". IndieWire. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Frank, Allegra (May 15, 2017). "Master of None's best new character is a total Overwatch nerd". Polygon. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  17. ^ "Crashing". IMDb. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  18. ^ "Corporate". IMDb. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Stars of Netflix's 'The Standups' Know Who Their Audience Is". March 20, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  20. ^ https://m.imdb.com/title/tt8651768/fullcredits/cast?ref_=m_ttfc_3

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