Remote Patrol: Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening
Comedian Aziz Ansari has been closely linked with hipster culture and underground music since the beginning.
I first encountered him in an online short where he played an elitist New York record store clerk who slapped customers for not knowing about PitchforkMedia.com. In a gesture of pure fanboy adulation, I had my picture taken with him at South by Southwest, one of the many music festivals he's frequented over the years.
So seeing Ansari ascend through cable (Human Giant), network TV (Parks and Recreation) and major movies (Funny People) has been like watching a treasured band catch on with the masses.
Thankfully, his Comedy Central special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening finds him blowing up gracefully, tackling more universal topics without compromising his unique personality and perspective. (And, happily, without reprising his obnoxious "Randy" character from Funny People.)
Whether detailing a night out with Kanye West or gleefully relating how he messed with his teenage cousin on Facebook, Ansari still comes off like the same skinny Indian dude with a poison wit behind his innocent grin. He starts out a little shaky - too much walking around the stage, weird street-talk intonation - but by the end of the show, he proves that even now that he's gone Hollywood, he's as on-point and likeable as ever.
"Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening"
10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, on Comedy Central