She might be small in stature, but her comedy is preparing to invade all of your streaming services, and it’s already larger than life. As part of We Own The Laughs.com’s Comedian of the Day, have a few laughs and get to know comedian Nishy XL. The Los Angeles, CA native shares some of their favorite moments in stand-up comedy and lets us know how they always own the laughs.
Name: Nishy Acsell (Nishy XL)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Tik-Tok: @nishyxl and @nishycomedy
Years in Comedy: If you count Improv 7 years.
Haven’t we seen you somewhere before: Comedy InvAsian 2.0 on Peacock TV, Tubi, Sirius XM Radio and Spotify.
Comedic Influences: Mindy Kahling, Russel Peters, Demetri Martin, & Impractical Jokers
Favorite Comedy Album: I don’t have a favorite.
Favorite Comedy Special: I don’t have a favorite.
Favorite Comedy Movie: Dumb & Dumber
Favorite Comedy TV Show: Impractical Jokers, The Office, & South Park
Favorite Comedic Character: Eric Cartman
Favorite City to Perform In: I love ALL OF THEM!
Favorite Topics to Joke About: Race, family, & weird observations
Favorite Type of Audience for a Comedy Show: A variety of races and ethnicities.
Favorite Comedy Club: All the LA clubs
How did you discover your passion for comedy:
It discovered me since I was born into a family where I was the joke.
What do you remember most about your first time performing stand-up comedy:
I did one long run-on sentence that did not end.
How would you describe your comedic style:
I bring my struggles to the surface and get crazy because everyone needs to know!
Describe your process for comedic writing:
I live life as much as possible as an active member so I can experience fully what I need to write about.
Describe the comedy scene in your area:
DOPE AF. LA is where the greatest comedians in the world are bred and born, bb!
How do you judge success in the world of comedy:
Comedy Specials and regular at high-profile comedy clubs.
Who are some of your comedic peers that you enjoy watching perform or inspire you personally and professionally:
Neel Nanda is a killer.
What’s been your most memorable moment in comedy:
When a sweet old woman told me my jokes word for word. She memorized them! Another was when I tested the edge of “the line” with a church crowd and the oldest woman there came to me and told me that my race joke made her laugh so hard it made her feel better.
What have you learned most from your failures in comedy:
You can prepare all you want but the magic happens when you’re present. If you’re not there In. The. Moment. You are not mining the gold in front of you.
How do people react towards you when they realize that you can make people laugh:
Well, my family laughs at the fact that I can make people laugh. But then I laugh at their faces when they are walking out of a show like a hurricane hit them (from watching everyone laugh hard).
Describe what it’s been like building a career in stand-up comedy:
Don’t spend all your time doing long surveys, then write jokes. Write nonstop, test and perform nonstop. Repeat. Rinse yourself after a bad experience and be humbled and start over. It will never end. There is no stopping point. Be ready to deal with everyone who wants to go against you and thinks you’re dumb because you just had a baby and how are you feeding her with comedy money, Nishy!?
If you could change one thing in the world of comedy, what would it be:
I hate the expression that women aren’t funny. It’s SO STUPID. We aren’t up enough to be able to have a big enough variety to be judged for our entertainment value. So please, stop saying that because I can say all men are slobs. I haven’t dated all men but I’m also choosing the men that are slobs so I took responsibility and now I have a type A husband who hates messes. He would take severe offense if someone told him all men are slobs. The people who say women aren’t funny are threatened by funny women because they don’t want us to HAVE IT ALL!
Best advice you’ve ever received from a comedian:
You have your voice, keep going.
If you were releasing a comedy special this week, what would it be called:
I’m not special, but I have one. (to my 5th grade teacher who told the principal, “Oh, she’s not special, you should see…___” FYI the principal was complimenting me on my project and this teacher interrupted and told him to focus on another student named “____”).
Funniest encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity:
I met Joe Rogan at a bar once and he completely ignored me. My friends thought it was funny. I don’t have any funny celeb stories.
Weirdest place you’ve ever performed any form of comedy:
The boardwalk at Venice. WTF!? Am I a drugged out homeless person or a comedian? You can’t tell the difference when both of these types of people are talking to themselves!
A Nishy XL Fun Fact:
I don’t disagree when people say I’m under 25 or that I’m Mexican. Nope, you won’t get a yes or no from me. It’s not lying. It’s honoring your judgment.
Where would you like your laughs to take you:
Around the world.
What would you tell a potential comedian if they ask you how they can own the laughs:
I’d like records and copyright that sh*t.
What are your thoughts on the future of comedy:
It’s going to be more multicultural and personal.
If you could write one episode for one classic TV sitcom which show would it be and give a brief detailed sentence on the episode:
South Park. People are drinking a new drink called Mercury Retrograde. It’s not kool-aid at all, or a scam no way, it makes perfect sense to follow the moon cycles because the moon also has a period and it affects everybody, just like regular PMS.
If you could choose 1 comedy club and 3 comedians to perform with on your perfect comedy show, how would it go:
The Comedy Store: Tiffany Haddish, Mindy Kaling, & Russell Peters. How would it go: DAYUM!!! Fireworks Boom!
What’s next for you:
My special on Peacock TV is airing 5/1! Tune in to watch my episode!
Why should a person always laugh at life:
Are you kidding bro? There doesn’t need to be a reason to laugh. I feel like God’s punchline was his creation. We are all big jokes. When we get too serious, humanity escapes us. If you waste one more second not laughing, you’re not appreciating life.
Watch a clip of Nishy XL on Comedy InvAsian on Peacock TV: