Aparna Nancherla is one of very few comedians who can combine an absurdist aesthetic with a relatable set of premises to excellent effect. She is, in my opinion, one of the best joke writers of our time. And because of this, I’ve often thought it would be swell if someone would develop an app that would automatically re-tweet certain accounts as soon as they post. It would save me a few precious seconds.
I’ve followed Aparna’s rising status ever since I saw her perform at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival in 2009. Through the years, her cerebral, understated style would make her stand out at festivals like the Women in Comedy Fest, SXSW, Bridgetown, Gilda’s LaughFest, SF Sketchfest and her New Faces performance at 2013’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal—not to mention her writing gig at the painfully under-appreciated Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Aparna has even lent her writing talents to Laughspin (though, it was called Punchline Magazine at the time). This year she was also selected as one of Variety‘s 10 Comics To Watch.
So it is with great pleasure that we can tell you Aparna Nancherla’s Half-Hour premieres tonight on Comedy Central. That’s Friday, September 9 at midnight. I highly suggest you check it out. Hard. To get you in the mood, check out this clip, wherein Nancherla opines on the nature of anxiety and the personalities of those humans who can’t relate. Spoiler alert: Who ARE these people? You. Are. Welcome.