We just came back from the taping of Aziz Ansari's new Comedy Central special. If you aren't sure who Aziz is, you might recognize him as part of Human Giant, an actor on NBC's Parks & Recreation, or one of the many voices on the "Invite Them Up!" CD collection.
It was pretty long, so we're not entirely sure if it will be a "Comedy Central Presents" or a longer show. The taping was at the Brentwood Theater, and it was like a three-act play minus the play part. I'm happy to say a good time was had by all, and the special is going to be one I suggest you watch when it airs... in the future.
Opener: Matt Braunger
This segment was not recorder. I've never heard of the guy before, but he did manage to warm up the crowd nicely. Taco Bell and shit jokes have a way of doing that. His web site has not been updated in a very long time. Nothing I'd say you had to check out.
Main: Aziz Ansari
A hair under an hour's worth of material, some I hear before, some was new to me. The audience loved it, and so did I. I don't want to give away anything too much, but it's really impressive to see such a diverse field of references in a single act. You'll see sheet thread-count issues, Kanye West, and child molestation joke flash before your eyes. If you generally dig the content posted here, be sure you watch this.
Aziz' new character from the film Funny People, which I mentioned seeing briefly at Comedy Death Ray last week. The material is similar, if not identical, to what was shown at the UCB Theatre, although it is really funny to see this amazing synthesis of nearly everything wrong with comedy in a single, short set. As a bonus he performed a "remix" of a joke where all the sex jokes were turned to pizza references. If you're a dork for comedy, you'll get it and love it. If you're a mouth-breather, you might enjoy it as is. And if you're neither, you might not be sure if you're allowed to like it or not. You'll probably love it until people start quoting it back to you. Oh, and he brought his DJ pal too. It's a good send-up of modern comedy mega-acts.