I’ll admit, it personally took me a long while to come around to Aziz Ansari’s stand-up comedy. Maybe it was his endearing turn as Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation that brought me around to his unique brand of high-pitched swagger. Regardless, I’m on board, and here’s a solid number of reasons you should be too:
– On people in the audience who have children –
I can’t think of a comedian who is more vocally critical of the decision to have kids. He ends this joke by actually encouraging those people in the audience with children to get up and leave. Aziz does a number of bits throughout the special that involve interacting with the audience, which really show how much liberty you can take with the people at your shows when you’ve reached a certain level of success.
– On how weird marriage sounds if you’ve never heard of it before –
Aziz is easily one of the biggest comedians currently working from a younger generation’s point of view (he just turned 30) and seems to have his pulse on the finger of dating and modern society in a way that few comics do. Check out his take on dating and texting from his recent trip to Conan here.
Speaking of dating, Aziz has some very specific opinions about online dating. I won’t share many of them, but he has some choice words about the homosexual hookup app, Grindr:
– On why the straight version of Grindr never took off –
– On what would have happened if someone sent dick pics 30 years ago –
The majority of Buried Alive deals with navigating through a modern dating scene fraught with ‘riff raff’ and technology. One of the best moments comes from Ansari imagining the concept of the ‘dick pic’ emerging a bit earlier than it actually did, and the legal trouble that most likely would have resulted:
Another question Aziz poses to the audience: ‘Ladies, how many have you received a text with a picture of a dick in it?’ Turns out it’s a lot more prevalent than you might think.
– On racial stereotypes –
This stand-up special is worth seeing simply for his impression of a black guy who has just seen a magic trick. What’s that? You’ve never heard that stereotype? Everyone knows it. . .
– On choosing to marry your high school sweetheart –
The promotional posters for this special (which are plastered all around Los Angeles) use the tagline ’30 comes at you fast.’ Surprisingly, though, Ansari doesn’t spend much time talking about that particular milestone. He spends a lot of time discussing the milestones he sees his friends crossing (you know, baffling things like getting married or having kids) and how boring these changes are making them:
– On his friends with kids –
‘PEOPLE WHO JUST HAD KIDS ARE BORING!’ Hardly groundbreaking material, but you have to admire the way he frames every joke in terms of the single guy perspective. Ansari spends much of his set perched atop an ivory tower of singleness, handing down judgments to his less enlightened friends, like the doozy below:
– On how your wardrobe reflects your parental readiness –
– On the ‘riff raff’ that populates the dating scene –
We’ll close out with a few quotes from Ansari’s impression of a ‘Woo Girl’ — a concept heavily borrowed from How I Met Your Mother, but that makes Ansari’s original lines no less hilarious:
Buried Alive is currently streaming on Netflix, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on if you live in 2013. Ansari works the room (which isn’t so much a room as the enormous Merriam Theater in Philadelphia) like a superstar and firmly cements his status as one of stand-up comedy’s modern heavy hitters.
It’s definitely worth checking out if your day could use a yuck or two. If you’ve already seen it, feel free to share your favorite moments in the comments!