Updated: May 29
Aziz Ansari is very well known for his role as Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec. During the #Metoo movement, Aziz was called out for being sexually suggestive to a girl that was apparently one of his fans. He claimed that they engaged in consensual sexual activity. Now I know what you're thinking, why the fuck would I bring this up in a comedy article? Well honestly I wouldn't even mention it if Ansari hadn't cleared the air in his newest comedy special from last year. In 'Aziz Ansari: Right Now' he addresses these allegations and apologizes to the woman and his fans, whether or not he actually did anything wrong is still up for debate but he makes it clear that he didn't realize how uncomfortable she was and he is sorry for making her feel like that. Honestly this special isn't as funny as some of the other specials on Netflix but it is probably one of the best I've ever seen. He takes that hour and he uses it so well that you can't help but love him even if you just watched it so that you can hate it. Aziz also has a couple other specials and even though they are really good, they don't hold a candle to 'Right Now.'
Another really great project that Aziz did is called 'Master of None,' it could be described as alt comedy because it is anything but a mainstream sitcom. This show does an amazing job of highlighting all of the awkward moments of real life that you never see in movies and television. If you asked me to compare it to another show, I really wouldn't be able to help you because it is so unique and experimental. There truly is nothing else like it.
Even if you don't find him funny, Aziz Ansari is an awesome actor and comedian. For example, in 'Parks and Recreation' he played an annoying self obsessed character but throughout the show he goes from being someone that you can hate to someone that you can't help but root for. I feel like that's kind of similar to how his career has been in recent years. You can hate him all you want but if you're paying close enough attention you'll find someone that you want to like and want to root for in his work. He has really matured throughout his career and since we're all stuck inside right now, why not check him out? I promise it is worth it