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Limestone comic Aparna Nancherla’s big week


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New York comic Aparna Nancherla will perform each day at Limestone, but the biggest show of her week is just a couple days before the fest. She taped her first comedy album last night at Union Hall.

When we chatted, a week out from her album taping, Nancherla didn’t seem too stressed. That laid-back vibe is her signature onstage too, even though she’s a busy and in-demand woman. Nancherla hosts legendary comedy night Whiplash at UCB and nabbed a spot in the writer’s room for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

Here’s a bit from our chat with the comic Time Out New York says is slowly taking over the New York comedy scene.

On prepping her first comedy album:

“I’m feeling kind of nervous, but I know what I want to do. I have a game plan. I think it will be fine. ...I actually have a lot of shows this week. I think people take a different approach. Sometimes when you’re preparing for something, people do a lot of sets, but then it will be more that whatever they’re preparing for, they might prepare for that specific set a bunch of times. But right when it approaches they might do some other material to have a fresh take on it. You don’t want to get burned out on what you’re about to do. You have to remember to keep it fun and interesting for yourself.”

On comedy summer camps:

“I feel like a lot of the travel I do is one-offs and alternative venues and festivals, special events. They’re always so fun. A friend of mine said they always feel like summer camp. It’s nice because you get to see other people; there’s an exciting vibe. I like that you get to see other people perform and you’re not necessarily there by yourself. Usually there’s more time to go to other things, see the town. I’m a big fan of comedy festivals, and it seems like more and more of them are popping up, which is great.”

On writing for TV again:

“I would love to write for a story-driven show, or a sitcom. I just finished a pilot script. Usually, if you want to write for a show like that you need a sample, so I just finally finished writing one of those. I think that’s maybe the next short term goal. There’s so many shows that I’d like to write for; any show with a similar vibe to Broad City or even Portlandia. Shows that are a little off-beat.”

On Limestone headliner Janeane Garofalo:

“I feel like Janeane is such a figurehead in that whole [alt comedy] movement. I’ll see her do spots sometimes around town. She’s definitely someone that so many people look up to. She’s so nice, and clearly has always done her own thing, which is amazing. She’s a huge inspiration.”

When / where

• June 4, 10 p.m., Ivy Tech JWAC, 122 S. Walnut St. (Bloomington), all-ages
• June 5, 10 p.m., The Comedy Attic, 123 S. Walnut St. (Bloomington), 21+
• June 6, 10 p.m., The Back Door, 207 S. College Ave. (Bloomington), 21+


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