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Night Train with Guest Host Aparna Nancherla

Aug 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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This week’s edition of Night Train will be hosted by the wonderful Aparna Nancherla!

Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! She’s a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance (AKA scribble-scrabble and jibber-jabber). In fact, she most recently wrote for and sometimes appeared on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FX-then-FXX.

Her artistic journey took off in Washington D.C. (it’s all about the Washingtons), but she now resides in the biggest apple in the gosh darn world.

Aparna’s comedic goggles are dry and observational, and her act is sprinkled with absurdist wit and a whimsical point-of-view.

Other credits include Conan on TBS, @midnight and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, VH1’s “I Love the 2000s”, Fuse’s White Guy Talk Show, Vulture‘s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015″, Time Magazine‘s 140 Top Tweeters of 2014, Jezebel’s Comedy Queens of 2014, Time Out NY’s “10 Funniest Women in New York”, Flavorpill’s “11 Essential Young Comedians in New York City”, LA Weekly‘s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch”, Serial Optimist’s “10 Comics You Must Know”, Splitsider’s “10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, 2013 New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Friends of the People on TruTV, Last Comic Standing, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, OutsideLands, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival, NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, Radio Q on CBC, Above Average, MTV Other, Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Funny or Die, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, TimeOut NY, and Slate V.

Comics Aparna has opened for include John Oliver, Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Dave Attell, Rob Delaney, Christian Finnegan, Tom Green, Eddie Brill, Hari Kondabolu, Myq Kaplan, and Chris D’Elia.

Venues and shows she has played include Whiplash at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC which she currently hosts (while Leo Allen is on hiatus), Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Comedy Bang Bang at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (LA), the Hollywood Improv, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up NY, the Punchline Comedy Club (SF), the Comedy Bar (Toronto), the DC Improv, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, the Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), and Mottley’s Comedy Club (Boston), as well as a downright gaggle of colleges.

Aparna is also an experienced improviser, having studied at Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in both NY and LA, and the Groundlings, as well as at Lesly Kahn’s school of acting. She may yet perform with latent-but-powerful independent improv group Mythical Newsroom. She has also acted in various sketches, web videos and series, pilots, and short films.

P.S. Every time someone reads Aparna Nancherla’s bio, a puppet gets its strings.

P.P.S. “Oh geez louise Aparna, you are a unicorn in a field full of basic ass horses.”-My friend & colleague, the great Ahmed Huidobro

Allison Castillo
Allison Castillo is a comedian and writer who wrote and hosted the first season of The Love Feed, a web series on YourTango.com. She has performed stand up on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the British production The World Stands Up, and was a regular on VH1’s Best Week Ever. Named Best Female Stand Up at the Emerging Comics of New York 2004 Awards, she has performed in the Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival in New York and the Latino Laugh Festival in San Antonio, Texas. She is the co-creator and co-host of the long running New York stand up show, Sweet Paprika, which was featured in Back Stage as part of “10 Standout Stand Ups Worth Watching.” Allison’s one woman show, Who Do You Think You Are?, was selected for the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado and her performance at the festival was profiled on the MTV documentary series True Life: I’m A Comic. The show also played in New York as part of the Toyota Comedy Festival at PS 122. Her next show, Unsolved Miseries, played at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Joe’s Pub in New York. Both shows were featured at the HBO/Warner TV Workspace in Los Angeles. Allison’s humor dating book, The Score: The Ultimate Quiz to Test Who He Is, was called “a hilarious send up of the self-help quiz” by Publisher’s Weekly. She has also contributed writing to Cosmo, The New York Post, Jolie magazine, iVillage.com and ElleCanada.com. As a relationship expert, Allison has appeared on CBS 2 Morning News and Dayside on Fox News.
Rojo Perez
Rojo Perez is a New York based comedian. He grew up in Puerto Rico, which helped him form the humor you see in him today. After moving to Florida for college, he began doing stand up at the age of 20 in local clubs and small café’s in Central Florida. Since moving to the Northeast, he has become a regular in the NY comedy scene. His comedy shows a confident story-based humor with sprinkles of observation. Rojo is a regular at The Creek and The Cave in NYC. He recently performed at the New York Comedy Festival and was featured in the 2012 Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR.

Kyle Ayers

Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer, actor, and all of that sort, living in New York City, by way of his hometown near Kansas City, Missouri. He brings his satirical look at growing up in the small town to the big city, with a unique viewpoint on his generation, our childhoods, and daily life. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, and the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival.

He has written for the Roasts on Comedy Central and Friar’s Club Roasts. He’s written / writes for CBS and its Untitled Sports Show, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, BBC, Wired, Post Grad Problems, Buzzfeed, Yahoo’s front page, and more. He also writes for the satirical sports website Korked Bats

Jacob Williams

Jacob Williams’ comedy chronicles his awkward misadventures through the worlds of dating, day jobs and dining alone. Jacob made his national television debut as a stand-up comedian on NBC’sAmerica’s Got Talent and advanced to the Semifinals. He has been a cast member on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out since 2013. Jacob also performed stand-up for a Wild ‘N Outcomedy special and provides the voice of a lead character in the animated mini-series Football U.

The winner of many comedy contests, Jacob has also participated in several comedy festivals including the Great American Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy Festival. He provided warm-up comedy for two Showtime specials and a show on the Bob and Tom All-Stars Tour, in addition to appearing on the Bob and Tom radio show.

Donwill (DJ set)

Donwill is a Brooklyn based rapper artist who has parlayed his passion for music and writing into a wide array of opportunities. He made his debut as a member of quizzically named rap group Tanya Morgan and has since garnered continuous critical acclaim with a string of impressive group and solo releases. A numerous list of stage performances has taken him far and wide on tours where he’s shared the stage with acts that have included the Roots, Souls of Mischief and De La Soul.

Prior to becoming a recording artist he was an 8th grade art teacher and education still plays an important role in his career. Donwill has used his talents as a writer and producer to lead workshops for organizations like Reel Work and Carnegie Hall as well. He is a regular contributor to Flocabulary’s Week In Rap series where he not only writes raps driven by the week’s news headlines but voices them as well.


Aug 17, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


622 Degraw Street
New York, NY 11217 United States
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