Aziz Ansari has been keeping a low profile over the past year after a woman he dated shared detailed allegations of sexual misconduct in an online interview.
However, the former “Parks and Recreation” star is about to return to the public eye when he hits the road for a new standup comedy tour in early 2019, taking to social media on Tuesday to announce the dates of his upcoming “Road to Nowhere” tour.
“See ya on the road ding dongs,” Ansari wrote with a list of dates (including stops in Calgary and Vancouver, where he’ll be headlining Vancouver’s Just For Laughs Northwest).
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In January 2018, Ansari’s career hit the pause button after an article was published on the Babe website, detailing the allegations of a 23-year-old woman who said she felt “violated” when she reluctantly agreed to have sex with the “Master of None” star when he coerced her into bed following a dinner date.
In response to her story, Ansari responded with a statement admitting he was “surprised and concerned” by the woman’s claims. “I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said,” he wrote. “I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”
However, there were many who felt that Ansari was being wrongfully categorized as a sexual predator over what appeared to be a “bad date” (the description of HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield and former “Community” star Joel McHale); others, such as Samantha Bee, took harsher views of his alleged behaviour.
Meanwhile, Ansari, 35, has been spotted performing at New York City comedy clubs in recent months but has reportedly not addressed the allegations in his act.
Ansari’s “Road to Nowhere” comedy tour kicks off in Boston on Feb. 6 and will wrap up in New York City in early May.