Bonnaroo Comedian | Aparna Nancherla
Stage & Time | Thursday & Friday | Comedy Theatre | 5 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. (Thurs), 6:30 p.m. (Fri)
Bonnaroo has always been about more than just music, and nothing exemplifies that better than the impressive array of comedians the fest recruits for its Comedy Theatre each summer. The 2016 lineup is no exception, and, for a second year, we’ve decided to spotlight each performer individually as we’ve done for musical acts for the last several. Catching comedy is tough, since it sometimes requires missing out on musical acts, but, trust us, it’s an incredible experience. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Comedian of the Day…
Well versed in improv, acting, and writing, New Yew-based comedian Aparna Nancherla is perhaps best known for her accomplishments in standup, rising through the ranks of the comedy world over the past several years to become a buzzworthy name you need to know. Hailing from the Washington, DC suburbs, Aparna studied at the Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and the Groundlings, and has appeared on Conan, @midnight, Adam Devine’s House Party, Last Comic Standing, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and more, has has shared the stage with big names like John Oliver, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, and Eugene Mirman, along with appearances at Just For Laughs, SF Sketchfest, OutsideLands, and various other festivals, all to immense critical praise. As an actress, she’s landed roles on Love and Inside Amy Schumer, along with several web videos and shorts, and has served behind the scenes as a writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Beloved by the comedy community, Nancherla makes regular appearances on top podcasts, hosts a weekly show at the UCB, and regularly performs standup, with a dry, whimsical, observational, and deeply personal style. If you haven’t yet discovered this exciting comedy powerhouse, add her to your must-see list at Bonnaroo!