The SF Sketchfest Dozen: Matt Kirshen & Aparna Nancherla
The SF Sketchfest Dozen: The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars SF Sketchfest presents a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise—names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon.
London born Matt Kirshen’s precision wit has earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently his appearances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” Paul Provenza’s “Green Room,” “The Nerdist,” “Set List, Stand-Up Without A Net,” and as a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” has earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.
He has also recorded a half-hour special for the “World Stands Up,” Comedy Central, and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Edinburgh, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Bermuda, and Amsterdam.
His debut CD, “I Guess We’ll Never Know” was named in Punchline Magazine’s top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his gags appearing in the Montreal Gazette’s round up of their best jokes of the fest.
Matt has appeared in and written for numerous television shows in the UK, including a charity gala featuring Jimmy Fallon, which resulted in Jimmy himself requesting Matt to open for him in a college tour to promote his new Late Night hosting slot.
His youthful looks disguise a veteran comic with almost a decade of experience, and a wealth of smart, funny and relatable material, making him a firm favorite with college audiences. While it’s his prime-time NBC appearances that most American comedy fans will recognize him from, they are often surprised at the breadth and scope of his material, described by one reviewer as “intelligent, but with the emphasis firmly on the funny.”
Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! In fact, she’s quite approachable onstage, from a heckler’s perspective. She enjoys seeing the world through awkward contact lenses. Her maiden chuckle voyage took off in Washington D.C. (it’s all about the Washingtons).
Her credits include 2007 NBC Stand Up for Diversity Finalist and 2008 College Tour, “Last Comic Standing 6″ (2008, NYC Regional Showcase), the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2009-2010), the 2009 Bentzen Ball, the 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival, Reader’s Digest and XM Radio. Aparna’s stand up goggles are dry and observational, and her act comes out sprinkled with absurdist wit and a quasi-whimsical take on the world.
Personal life experiences come up frequently, ranging from visible appearance to people she almost knows to close encounters at work to reasonably surreal ideas she has about the state of the world. She likes mild controversy, but not onstage, and has been described as a unique voice by other people who can vouch for me, and I for them. I tend to leave the audience more or less alone, but not with their thoughts.
Comics Aparna has opened for include Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Christian Finnegan, Eddie Brill, and Myq Kaplan. She has also worked with Todd Barry, Jen Kirkman, Reggie Watts, Leo Allen, Morgan Murphy, Matt Braunger, and David Cross.
Venues she has played include the Hollywood Improv, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, the DC Improv, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, the Lincoln Lodge, and Mottley’s Comedy Club, as well as a myriad of colleges. She also is an experienced improviser with training at both the Washington Improv Theater and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and has acted in sketches, web shorts and series, and films.
P.S. Every time someone reads Aparna Nancherla’s bio, a puppy gets its wings.
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