Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None' on Netflix

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I didn't know whether or not I'd like Aziz as a lead in a show—sometimes he's just TOO MUCH—but this trailer makes the show seem better than anything I expected. Starts November 6th...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bFvb3WKISk

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 22 October 2015 18:45 (four years ago) link

looks good, and a friend of mine did the music!

i know when that chandler bing (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:03 (four years ago) link

(for the show, not the trailer)

i know when that chandler bing (Jordan), Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:04 (four years ago) link

That's good work if you can get it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:05 (four years ago) link

Oh, that's Noël Wells! I knew she looked familiar when I watched the trailer, but she was only on SNL for, like, a minute so I didn't immediately put a name to the face.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:07 (four years ago) link

I've heard it described as Ansari's Louie which appeals to me since we're unlikely to see peak Louie again

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:21 (four years ago) link

lol @ kids yelling out ethnicities

Οὖτις, Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:25 (four years ago) link

I've heard it described as Ansari's Louie

Kiss of death

badg, Thursday, 22 October 2015 20:09 (four years ago) link

ansari's career thus far has been so based in superficiality and and mainstream-y punchlines (kanye, rkelly, foodie shit) that his whole "thing" is a huge turn off to me.

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 22 October 2015 20:13 (four years ago) link

his material is p vapid but there is something there imo

Οὖτις, Thursday, 22 October 2015 20:14 (four years ago) link

looking forward to this

1999 ball boy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 22 October 2015 20:15 (four years ago) link

ansari's career thus far has been so based in superficiality and and mainstream-y punchlines (kanye, rkelly, foodie shit)

This sounds far more like what he was doing in stand-up five years ago than what he might be doing now - I last saw him in 2013, but I saw him play to theatres of thousands and unannounced in a basement at 1am, and he was doing introspective material and extensive crowdwork about relationships each time that year.

His acting has been different along the way, too, and Human Giant was far more absurdist than Kanye/Kells references.

let no-one live rent free in your butt (sic), Thursday, 22 October 2015 21:09 (four years ago) link

i saw his love guru/relationship set and that came off as smug and d-baggy to me idk.

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 22 October 2015 21:32 (four years ago) link

his relationship book is way better than it needed to be and made me admire him

have never seen his standup though

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 4 November 2015 04:46 (three years ago) link

as someone whos found him sometimes funny, mostly vapid and lightweight, this trailer actually looks good, like hes actually going to be looking at 'real' stuff for once, not fluff. as his shows have gotten bigger, he seems to have gotten *more* superficial and lightweight, while trying to appear to be 'introspective' (give me funny over that any day), so this show is welcome.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:12 (three years ago) link

this is like louie def, w a character ~15 yrs younger and more outgoing and slightly more likeable

johnny crunch, Saturday, 7 November 2015 02:34 (three years ago) link

its good ive always dug aziz

johnny crunch, Saturday, 7 November 2015 02:35 (three years ago) link

i like this show

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 November 2015 05:32 (three years ago) link

I just watched the first 7 with my sister lol

It's good! not mindblowingly amazing like some are saying but definitely good. a lot like Louie except w/ a higher budget and Aziz's topical concerns (I noticed they have a producer in common, not to mention some of the same performers). Some of it is a little pat (esp the gender disparity stuff) but that's to be expected in a first season. Eric Wareheim is a great foil for Aziz, more than I was expecting, and not only because he's twice his size, though that helps

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Saturday, 7 November 2015 06:25 (three years ago) link

Enjoyed the first two episodes, got a few genuine laughs out of it.

michaellambert, Saturday, 7 November 2015 09:57 (three years ago) link

The Dad-bonding stuff was pretty sweet (maybe over-egged at times) but also interesting and those flashbacks were really well done.

Didn't like so much the weird plugging of Sherlock.

nashwan, Saturday, 7 November 2015 12:33 (three years ago) link

So far i'd say this is easily the best thing he's done. Really enjoyable.

Οὖτις, Saturday, 7 November 2015 14:26 (three years ago) link

Aziz owes a huge debt to Hedberg. I wish Mitch was still around to do a series like this.

calstars, Saturday, 7 November 2015 18:20 (three years ago) link

Just finished. Really enjoyed it, thought it was nice and relatively low key and not too awkward.

michaellambert, Saturday, 7 November 2015 22:46 (three years ago) link

Didn't like so much the weird plugging of Sherlock.

read this as "weird pegging of Sherlock," actual show will now be a huge disappointment

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 8 November 2015 03:46 (three years ago) link

It's a Kevin Smith movie in Brooklyn instead of New Jersey.

bricc baby hitlo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 8 November 2015 05:43 (three years ago) link

read this as "weird pegging of Sherlock," actual show will now be a huge disappointment

this ain't Broad City yo

nashwan, Sunday, 8 November 2015 11:26 (three years ago) link

C- troll whiney

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2015 14:01 (three years ago) link

Has kevin smith ever put a nonwhite person in a movie or written a decent joke?

Οὖτις, Sunday, 8 November 2015 14:52 (three years ago) link

The Claire Danes one seemed out of step with previous, too cliched and coincidence-dependent.

nashwan, Sunday, 8 November 2015 15:21 (three years ago) link

Has kevin smith ever put a nonwhite person in a movie or written a decent joke?
--Οὖτις

There's.... Not a lot of jokes in this?

bricc baby hitlo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 8 November 2015 15:34 (three years ago) link

There are a lot of the kind of jokes that make you do the nasally "humph!", kind of like the humor column in the new yorker would do if it was better.

Two episodes in, I really like this show so far. Second episode (parents) much better than first, I think

Karl Malone, Sunday, 8 November 2015 15:45 (three years ago) link

Has kevin smith ever put a nonwhite person in a movie or written a decent joke?

Chris Rock in the Catholic movie is one of the funnier characters in his oeuvre. Not sure if CR wrote all his own jokes in that.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 8 November 2015 16:06 (three years ago) link

anyway having caught the whole thing now, I'm sticking to "good," not great. I felt like he played it pretty safe this season, more sitcom-y beats than I was expecting. a little surprised to see James Ponsoldt's name come up, and sad to see Harris Wittel's.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2015 16:32 (three years ago) link

My roommate pointed out that a lot of this is like a christian sitcom

badg, Sunday, 8 November 2015 18:13 (three years ago) link

I don't know about that. Its view of marriage/domesticity is considerably more ambivalent than, say, the Apatow shit.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, 8 November 2015 19:23 (three years ago) link

Whats a christian sitcom

Οὖτις, Sunday, 8 November 2015 19:27 (three years ago) link

book of job

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 8 November 2015 19:35 (three years ago) link

Dunno what a christian sitcom is

just seems kind of christian

badg, Sunday, 8 November 2015 19:40 (three years ago) link

Honour thy parents (by casting them as thy character's parents in thy show)

nashwan, Sunday, 8 November 2015 20:13 (three years ago) link

http://www.themoviescene.co.uk/reviews/_img/153-2.jpg

hunangarage, Sunday, 8 November 2015 20:30 (three years ago) link

aziz's dad is so wonderful in this show tbh

He is, and he reminds me a lot of a couple of eccentric Indian dads I know. The parents episode is one of the most charming things I've seen in ages.

Al Ain Delon (ShariVari), Sunday, 8 November 2015 21:20 (three years ago) link

Oh man, this is so good! I'm about to start the fourth episode.

Like, it's a level of enjoyment that makes me not even hate Eric Wareheim.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 9 November 2015 02:54 (three years ago) link

Aw, Eric is good. Though Tim might be a little better at this sort of thing.

Evan, Monday, 9 November 2015 03:56 (three years ago) link

Bearded guy seems like they wrote it for Brian Posehn then couldn't get him.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:36 (three years ago) link

good start, stopped watching once it turned into emo relationship without any jokes

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:38 (three years ago) link

I like Ansari but the uptalk inflection he does at the end of a sentence can be grating.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:40 (three years ago) link

Just finished the Nashville episode. That was my favorite episode yet and had some great character-dependent jokes (like, ordinarily doing the voice of a ghost koala would be stupid, but in context it was funny and charming). Didn't find it emo at all, but maybe that's still to come.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 9 November 2015 04:57 (three years ago) link

Just watched the first 3 episodes, decent so far but more muted chuckles than laffs

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Monday, 9 November 2015 05:03 (three years ago) link

Critic said he saw him on tour last year; he did not address it. So this material had been created later.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 18:49 (three months ago) link

show filmed is probably from a later part of the tour then

akm, Friday, 12 July 2019 19:21 (three months ago) link

Comedians usually film specials once the material is developed, not often while they are still writing it. If the NYT critic didn’t go to, say, three shows at different stages of the tour, it’s idiotic to assume they know what they’re talking about if they claim to have knowledge of “the tour.”

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 12 July 2019 19:49 (three months ago) link

ok so we've established that at some point earlier in the tour he did not include that particular section. got it. can we move on lol

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 12 July 2019 19:53 (three months ago) link

the special was filmed at the BAM this year in May.

Yerac, Friday, 12 July 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

I can share my password to google.

Yerac, Friday, 12 July 2019 19:56 (three months ago) link

tour started in February 2019

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:02 (three months ago) link

The part about the alternate universe where Osama Bin Laden made an incredible jazz album pre 9/11 was great.

MaresNest, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:02 (three months ago) link

this is from 2/12/19 - NYT:

Aziz Ansari has spent much of his recent stand-up comedy tour only peripherally referencing the accusation of sexual misconduct early last year that took him out of the public eye.

That changed on Monday night, when he took the stage in New York City at the Village Underground, an offshoot of the Comedy Cellar. It was one of a string of small “pop-up shows” where Ansari has been testing out material for an upcoming tour that will take him around the United States and Europe this spring.

According to Vulture’s Jesse David Fox, who was in the audience for the set, Ansari said he had delayed discussing the accusation because “it’s a terrifying thing to talk about” and he wanted to take time to process what he wanted to say. He added, according to Fox: “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way.”

Ansari continued: “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.”

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:03 (three months ago) link

so Jason Zinoman's review today was not inaccurate

idgaf cuz i saw AA's shit early on and it wasnt funny (like 99.5% of standups)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 20:05 (three months ago) link

NYT's most recent review subhead: When our critic saw his show in December, the comic didn’t bring up the scandal. In his Netflix special, he rectifies that mistake with his finest work yet.

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:05 (three months ago) link

basically the NYT is trying to make it look like he didn't address it fast enough...? I guess?

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:06 (three months ago) link

(like 99.5% of standups)

generous of you to set aside 0.5% for yourself

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:07 (three months ago) link

I laughed out loud at it but that asking your mom if she fucked a black guy joke...that joke likely will expire very soon.

Yerac, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:14 (three months ago) link

(I absolutely was not a funny standup, except for fleeting moments)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 20:17 (three months ago) link

what was your best joke/bit?

Yerac, Friday, 12 July 2019 20:20 (three months ago) link

i've had it erased from my mind Eternal Sunshine-style

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 21:05 (three months ago) link

Wait, Morbs had a spell as a stand-up comedian?

thewufs, Friday, 12 July 2019 21:34 (three months ago) link

approx '88-91. I passed the audition and performed for awhile at the Original Improv, whose owner was in the process of running into the ground.

Brett Butler, later of the sitcom "Grace Under Fire" and one of the very best comics I ever saw, was very nice to me.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 21:37 (three months ago) link

*running the club into the ground

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 July 2019 21:38 (three months ago) link

can we have a morbz late-80s NYC standup scene reminiscence thread

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 13 July 2019 20:59 (three months ago) link

also remember Louis had just premiered a new feature film at the time he finally got briefly shamed off the stage, about how hot teenage girls want to fuck old bald auteurs and we shouldn't suppress that healthy growth and curiosity by spreading bad gossip about the old bald auteurs being creeps, but it's much better if the old bald auteurs want to fuck women half their age instead of 1/3

thought the "1/3" was a twitter thread parody joke at first

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 13 July 2019 21:36 (three months ago) link

In an alternate world, Morbs took over as season 3 host of Remote Control.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:21 (three months ago) link

new aziz special is transformative pic.twitter.com/nfOOa1fLKF

— melissa lozada-oliva (@ellomelissa) July 12, 2019

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:25 (three months ago) link

some of the most interesting threads are the ones you stumble upon

Dan S, Saturday, 13 July 2019 22:26 (three months ago) link

lol at that twitter vid. tried the new special (as much for spike as anything) and made it in ten minutes or so. he is not good.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:27 (three months ago) link

yeah, finding the praise here fairly baffling

Number None, Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:56 (three months ago) link

think I made it 15

Number None, Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:57 (three months ago) link

I made it all the way through halfway paying attention... the last bit (dying grandma is so thankful, as we should all be blah blah blah) was enraging.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:00 (three months ago) link

Enraging? Ok

Οὖτις, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:18 (three months ago) link

Facebook motivational memes are not good comedy.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:22 (three months ago) link

I wouldnt know

Οὖτις, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:23 (three months ago) link

all of the sentimental family stuff just came off as a hedge against the other stuff he doesn't want to really talk about.

Yerac, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:24 (three months ago) link

Finding these reactions bizarre (esp the rage) but whatever. Cant argue ppl into finding things funny or moving

Οὖτις, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:26 (three months ago) link

yeah, I did definitely say aloud "oh, 60 more times of seeing my parents is waaaaaay too much."

Yerac, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:28 (three months ago) link

Lol

Οὖτις, Sunday, 14 July 2019 20:30 (three months ago) link

I don’t think you paid attention to the grandma part of that was your takeaway

akm, Monday, 15 July 2019 01:14 (three months ago) link

My actual takeaway (and the part that was annoying) was that it was a shield to cover his primary sentiment of "I'm so thankful my cancellation for being a creep was only temporary."

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 01:16 (three months ago) link

Should he not be thankful about that?

Full disclosure - i found the “accusations” against him p weak sauce, publicized by a questionable outlet

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 July 2019 01:21 (three months ago) link

Essentially if u think he shouldnt be onstage at all because of his “crimes” then i would think there’s nothing he could say onstage that will alter that

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 July 2019 01:23 (three months ago) link

yeah, I did definitely say aloud "oh, 60 more times of seeing my parents is waaaaaay too much."

looooool

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Monday, 15 July 2019 01:26 (three months ago) link

I don't particularly care about him being onstage - cool scare quotes around crimes though.

All the #blessed shit just felt like the worst of self-serving Louis CK "comedy but real talk" as discussed earlier in the thread. Preachy comedy sucks.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 02:07 (three months ago) link

He was not charged w a crime, thats why the scarequotes

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:34 (three months ago) link

There shouldn't even be scare quotes around "crimes" because his actions weren't criminal. His behaviour wasn't even tortious. I am surprised that this is even still an issue, I thought that consensus was clearly on Aziz's side? Juliana Escabedo Shepherd wrote that Jezebel piece? I myself went so far as to agree with Caitlin Flanagan's take (i.e. that it was actually racist?) https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/the-humiliation-of-aziz-ansari/550541/

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:43 (three months ago) link

Exactly

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:43 (three months ago) link

Literally no one had referred to him as doing anything remotely heinous or criminal - which is why bringing them up in scare quotes as if someone had was weird.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 02:48 (three months ago) link

“being a creep”

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:53 (three months ago) link

should've named the special "Aziz Ansari: Too Horny for TV"

frogbs, Monday, 15 July 2019 02:54 (three months ago) link

i don't doubt that he was being a creep in ways that are basically at the micro aggression level and ones that women are probably sick of dealing with, but i think if this piece was less a piece which seemed centered on him being a creepy celeb that needed to be called out but rather a story about a date with someone unnamed (maybe going as far as an "unnamed celebrity") and what a woman might deal with on a date with men, things that the guy might think are cool but women are kind of bothered and pressured by, it might be better. i say this though based on my memory of the piece from just a single read and i'm not a woman let alone this particular woman so idk...

omar little, Monday, 15 July 2019 03:18 (three months ago) link

master of shit

buzza, Monday, 15 July 2019 03:45 (three months ago) link


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