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Aziz Ansari's funny Intimate Moments

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:30PM
I've always found Aziz AnsarAziz Ansari Intimate Momentsi funny. He was great on the offbeat sketch show Human Giant. I've come to enjoy him on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. But funny in sketch comedy and on a sitcom doesn't always translate to funny stand-up comedy. And since I'm admittedly more familiar with Ansari's other work than his stand-up, his one-hour stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, was far from a sure thing. I am happy to report, though, that Intimate Moments completes the comedy trifecta.

The special, which premieres on Comedy Central Sunday at 10 PM and hits stores in DVD and CD form Tuesday, is laugh out loud funny in several places. From the opening bit, where Ansari challenges an activist to kill for gay rights, to his stories about his cousin Darwish and Kanye West, there is a lot of smart, original material here. Fans of Human Giant won't be disappointed.

Ansari reminds me of a more aggressive, updated version of Mitch Hedberg, replacing the hippie with hip-hop. He has an off-kilter imagination and a highly stylized delivery that sometimes makes him sound like a nerdy kid trying to fit in at a Kanye show (which, in at least one routine, he is).

But his real-life stories might be the funniest things in his repertoire. I sincerely hope his story about messing with his cousin Harris's study group on Facebook are true (Harris is Darwish's younger brother). There's something endearing about the idea of a guy on a high-profile sitcom sparring with a bunch of 14-year-old high school students in Georgia.

There is an extra track on the CD, where Ansari indulges his character from the Adam Sandler movie Funny People, a comedian named RAAAAAAAANDY (you almost have to spell it and say it that way), but if you're not a fan of the movie, it might not make much sense to you.

Here's a bit of the special, about Ansari's attempt to get a small dish of vanilla at Cold Stone Creamery.

Aziz Ansari - Cold Stone Creamery
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This guy has big things in store this year. When I first heard Aziz it reminded me of when I first heard Dane Cook back in 2002. He could be just as huge & has the jokes to back it up! I especially love the bit about shopping for sheets here : http://cli.gs/Gav88T

February 08 2010 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved this comedy special. Every line he says is hilarious. I've caught myself quoting a few lines to my friends.

Clap if you haven't seen Batman/Dark Knight!

January 29 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I went to the taping of this special in LA last summer and it was amazing. His bit about facebook applications had me on the floor.

"If somebody vampire requests one more time...."

January 16 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Check out the disc "Invite Them Up". Comedy Central released it in 2005 and it features a track from Aziz Ansari. That was first I had ever heard of him but since then I've been waiting for him to break out! He's hilarious.

The CD/DVD combo also features tracks from other great comics like David Cross, Demetri Martin, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, AD Miles, Jon Benjamin etc...it's a really fun listen.

January 15 2010 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I just saw Aziz's portion of Invite Them Up. It's the bonus feature on his new DVD. I thought it was pretty sweet he essentially added a bonus stand-up act! On the new DVD though, "Getting Recognized in NYC" has me in tears. If you need a little taste of the new stuff: http://cli.gs/rqupMn :)

February 02 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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