Aziz Ansari, the very funny “Master of None,” is currently on his stand-up comedy tour, and fortunately for Brooklynites, despite the show’s title “Road to Nowhere,” the tour is leading him also to BAM on Thursday, May 16.
Ansari had his breakthrough in 2009 as local official Tom Haverford in the popular sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” starring Amy Poehler. That same year, he also made a big impression on movie audiences with his scene-stealing small part in “Funny People” which featured Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
His 2015 Netflix comedy series “Master of None” has won numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards and nominations. In 2017, Ansari was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Ansari also had a number of popular stand-up specials, including “Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious” and “Aziz Ansari: Live in Madison Square Garden.” His fast-talking, high-energy approach to humor also earned him a headlining spot at the Bonnaroo Festival in 2010.
In addition to his work as a writer and performer, Ansari has lent his voice to animated projects in both film and television including the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers,” as well as the animated features “Epic” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” In 2015, Ansari carved out some time to write a best-selling book about relationships called “Modern Romance,” which he co-authored with sociologist Eric Klinenberg.
This is Ansari’s first tour since he was suspected of sexual misconduct in 2018. The comic was accused by an anonymous woman of allegedly forcing himself on her at his apartment. While he thought the incident was consensual, she did not. In response, Ansari took time off to process the incident; this past February he returned to the spotlight, kicking off his tour.
His comedy style tends to focus on aspects of his personal life. Accordingly, the Brooklyn audience can expect him to add his take on the current times by touching on topics ranging from cultural appropriation, racism and sexual misconduct.
“I like talking about things that are going on in my life because that’s always going to be different and original,” he said. “No one else is gonna be talking about my personal experiences.”
Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere
When: Thursday, May 16, 7:00pm
Where: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
How much: $44 – $84. For tickets, go here.