Tucson Festival of Books

Aparna Nancherla

Lindy Mullinax and Ray Moldow

Aparna Nancherla is an acclaimed comedian, writer and actor. Praised by critics and fans alike for her distinctive dry, existential and whimsical sense of humor, Nancherla has toured her standup comedy extensively around the U.S. and the world. A true multi-hyphenate, Nancherla's work spans film, TV, podcasts and books.

Most recently, Nancherla's debut book, "Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Imposter Syndrome," a collection of personal essays, was published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House in September 2023. "Unreliable Narrator" received widespread recognition with The Los Angeles Times calling the book a “super-smart, deliciously readable, achingly poignant...new collection of essays."

Nancherla presently hosts “The Introvert’s Survival Guide,” a new eight-part self-help interview podcast that premiered on Audible via Fresh Produce Media, which features a plethora of notable guests such as Seth Meyers, Elyse Myers and Eric Smith.

On TV, Nancherla has starred in many memorable roles on series such as Peacock’s "Lopez vs. Lopez," Max’s "Search Party," Netflix’s "Space Force" and "BoJack Horseman" and Comedy Central’s "Corporate." Her TV stand up appearances include Netflix’s "The Standups," Max's "Two Dope Queens" and Comedy Central’s "The Half Hour." Nancherla's late-night standup debut was on TBS’s "Conan" in 2013 and she was one of the breakout New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She’s since made appearances on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden."

Nancherla has also written for Apple TV+'s "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" as well as "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and FX"s "Totally Biased W. Kamau Bell." 

In 2018, Nancherla made her feature debut in the Paul Feig movie "A Simple Favor" and was most recently seen in Hulu's "The Drop."

Nancherla has also contributed multiple op-eds to The New York Times. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Communities: Asian American

Scheduled events:
They're in the Laugh Business
Sarah Cooper and Aparna Nancheria know how cut-throat the entertainment business can be, but that doesn't mean they can't laugh about it. They do, in fact. All the time. Today they will discuss how humor helped them overcome the doubts, doubters and conflicts they faced on their way to center stage.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Sarah Cooper, Aparna Nancherla
Moderator: Nancy Stanley
Exclusive for Friends of the Festival - Sarah Cooper and Aparna Nancherla visit Friends Tent
Sarah Cooper, writer and comedian along with Aparna Nancherla, actress and producer will visit the Friends of the Festival Tent for an exclusive member event.

Friends of the Festival Hospitality Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Panelists: Sarah Cooper, Aparna Nancherla
Surviving Hollywood
Sarah Cooper, Patty Lin and Aparna Nancheria took three very different paths into show business. They've had a lot of time to think about it, and luckily for us they have written about it. Was the show business life what they expected? Has it changed them? Join in and find out!

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Sarah Cooper, Patty Lin, Aparna Nancherla
Moderator: Elliot Glicksman

Unreliable Narrator
Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
September 2023
ISBN 9781984879806
304 pages
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