The UCB-spawned comic actor and comedian presents
his debut full-length special on CD and Comedy Central.
makes Aziz Ansari so unique as a comedian is that he straddles different
worlds that no other comedian does. As a comedic actor, he can move
between playing the part of a sad-sack version of himself on “Parks &
Recreation” and a hyped-up Def Comedy Jam style comic in the movie
“Funny People” (see review, 7/28/09).
As a stand-up, on his debut full-length album, “Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening,” to be released January 19 following the January 17
debut of his Comedy Central special of the same name, Ansari careens
around material about alternative rock and about hip-hop with equal
dexterity and comfort. He can be a “bad boy” talking about perplexing
CVS clerks by buying the same items daily for six months -- Jack
Daniels, Coke, condoms and CD-Rs -- or he can be a complete computer
geek tormenting his cousin on Facebook.
So among comedy albums, “Intimate Moments” is going to remain
memorable and get a lot of repeat listens. Ansari punctuates his pieces
with memorable lines -- a lot of the material on the album is from his
2009 stand-up tour (see review, 1/11/09),
where Ansari had shifted his material from experimental workshop-like
UCB solo performances (see review, 7/30/05)
to shorter, more succinct pieces better suited to clubs and theaters.
By the latter part of the album, Ansari’s putting together references
from worlds that don’t normally go together -- describing the theatrics
of a R. Kelly concert, he says “you won’t see that shit at a [rock band]
Modest Mouse concert!” And he has the cadences of R. Kelly’s “Trapped In
The Closet” patter down.
“Intimate Moments” culminates in “Raaaaaaaandy,” where Ansari puts
together all his Kanye West-R.Kelly-Def Comedy Jam obsessions in the
full-length routine he used as his Randy character in “Funny People,”
punctuated with sung lines and punch lines that are purposely the
crassest they can be. It’s a characterization that bridges a culture
gap, creating a persona like that for the consumption of alternative
comedy fans and even alternative rock fans, as well as those who might
stumble across him from the NBC sitcom.