While TV viewers know Aziz Ansari from his roles on such series as “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”, the 35-year-old comedian is also one of today’s hottest standup comics, one of only seven comedians in history to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden.
However, Ansari became embroiled in controversy in January when an unidentified woman detailed her experiences while on a date with Ansari, accusing him of sexual misconduct during what she described as “the worst night of my life.”
Ansari later issued a statement saying he believed that he and the woman had consensual sex, while HLN anchor Ashley Bamfield took issue with those allegations, saying that what his accuser describes is nothing more than a date gone bad and that she’s doing a disservice to those who have been victims of sexual assault.
Ansari has been maintaining a low profile since the article’s publication in January, but he made his first appearance onstage last week, workshopping some fresh standup material at Greenwich Village’s famed Comedy Cellar.
According to reports on social media, Ansari made an unannounced appearance at the comedy club on Wednesday, May 9, and then made subsequent appearances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
According to IndieWire, Ansari touched on such topics as Starbucks, racism and millennials, and also worked with the crowd; one member of the audience, in fact, claimed to have been “roasted” by Ansari during one of his standup sets.
Other audience members also shared their impressions on social media:
Comedian Ardie Fuqua shared a photo himself backstage with Ansari and Tracy Morgan, who also performed unexpectedly.