Comedian Aparna Nancherla isn't shy about being awkward

New York comic Aparna Nancherla discusses her debut comedy album and how she fought through her shyness to perform onstage.
Comedian Aparna Nancherla's debut album, Just Putting It Out There, came out on July 8, 2016. (Courtesy of Aparna Nancherla)

Aparna Nancherla grew up being really shy. In fact, her mom used to make her order pizzas as an exercise to be more assertive. But all these years later, she's not only conquering it through performing onstage — she also recently put out her debut comedy album, Just Putting It Out There.

Nancherla speaks to host Tom Power about her album, how fellow comedian Tig Notaro encouraged her to do this and how jokes can help "take a little air out of heavy topics."

Just Putting It Out There is out now

— Produced by Elaine Chau


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