Exclusive Portraits: Aparna Nancherla for Her New Book at 2023 Chicago Humanities Festival

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CHICAGO –At the the just wrapped up Fall 2023 Chicago Humanities Festival, a few laughs (and tears) were had at an appearance by comedian Aparna Nancherla. She has a new book entitled “Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself and the Imposter Syndrome,” which takes readers on the journey of a stand-up comic and essayist who doesn’t feel she belongs doing what she does, but she’s able to express it.

’Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself and the Imposter Syndrome’ by Aparna Nancherla
Photo credit: Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com

“Unreliable Narrator” is a collection of essays that uses Aparna’s signature humor to illuminate an interior life, one constantly bossed around by her depression (whom she calls Brenda), laced with anxiety described like a horror movie full of jump-scares, and plagued by a love-hate relationship with her career as a painfully shy standup comedian. But that crippling self-doubt also comes with the gift of keen self-examination. 

Aparna Nancheria Demonstrates ‘Brenda’
Photo credit: Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com

Aparna Nancherla is a comedian, actress, and writer based in Los Angeles. Her standup has appeared on “Two Dope Queens” on HBO, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and she’s had half-hour specials on both Comedy Central and Netflix. She starred as Grace the HR rep on the critically acclaimed “Corporate” and was the voice of Hollyhock on the animated “BoJack Horseman,” among other appearances. Aparna also wrote for and was featured on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC, “Totally Biased” on FX, and “Debate Wars” on Seeso (a comedy streaming service), as well as contributing to “Broad City” and Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters.” As an essayist, has also contributed multiple op-eds to The New York Times.

Aparna Nancherla at Chicago Humanities Festival, October 28, 2023
Photo credit: Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com

Aparna Nancerla appeared with fellow comedian Maria Bamford at the Chicago Humanities event on October 28th, 2023, and these Exclusive Portraits were taken by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com.

“Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself and the Imposter Syndrome” by Aparna Nancerla is available wherever books are sold. For more information about Aparna, click AparnaComedy.com

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Editor and Film Critic/Writer

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