The Gist

In Defense of the Pun

Comedian Aparna Nancherla goes for wordplay, even if it gets a groan.

Aparna Nancherla.
Comedian Aparna Nancherla performs on May 22, 2016, in New York City.

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In the interview, Aparna Nancherla tells us how to go from introverted kid (“my mom was very afraid of how unassertive I was”) to making it in comedy.

In the Spiel, a deep dive into the world of acronyms.

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