Aziz Ansari continuing to perform, did a show with Hannibal Buress & Michael Che
After facing allegations of sexual misconduct, Aziz Ansari stayed out of the spotlight for months until quietly making his return with some surprise appearances at NYC’s Comedy Cellar. He has since continued to perform in other cities, like Philadelphia and Milwaukee, both of which he played this month. Vulture caught one of the Milwaukee shows, which also included Hannibal Buress, Michael Che, and Wil Sylvince (the evening’s emcee). Phones were banned, and Vulture has since removed details about Aziz’s specific jokes that they initially posted (“we don’t want to give away the guy’s whole set”), but they do write: “To address the elephant in the room: Ansari didn’t.” Though it was removed, the Vulture article initially stated that Aziz’s set focused on jokes about dating.
Aziz is continuing to perform, and has two Charleston, SC shows announced for this Tuesday (9/4) and Wednesday (9/5), which are public and not “surprise” sets. They’re billed as “Working Out New Material,” and the first night is sold out. Update: Aziz is also doing “Working Out New Material” shows in Knoxville, TN on 9/6 and Chattanooga, TN on 9/8.
Earlier this summer, a Netflix programming executive said “We would be happy to make another season of Master of None when Aziz is ready.”
Aziz was accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous woman in a post on Babe.net, and he issued a statement on the allegations, saying, “I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”
Comedy Cellar also hosted the return of disgraced comedian Louis CK this past weekend, and Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman has since given an interview on hosting both Louis and Aziz. Speaking about Aziz, Noam said: “To be honest, nobody cares. I didn’t get one complaint about it. Again, this is my reading on what the general consensus is: People felt that he didn’t do anything that warranted banishment. He wasn’t even accused of an assault. For whatever reason, people didn’t take it that badly.”