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Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
Should Louis CK and Aziz Ansari talk about accusations onstage?
Source: The New York Times
Comedy critic Jason Zinoman has written an essay about the CK and Ansari's sexual misconduct scandals and how they have essentially changed their comedy acts. While CK barely touched upon his scandal in his return to standup in recent months, Ansari has avoided it all together. Instead, he's changed from a comedian who was considered progressive to somebody who denounces wokeness -- for instance, he's evolved from being anti-Apu to criticizing the controversy over The Simpsons character. "For swaths of their audience, the news about these men was not just disappointing," writes Zinoman. "It was a betrayal of their work. That’s why the earlier versions of these comics are essentially dead. They can’t use some of their tools as they once did, and to flourish, they might have to find new ones. To some degree, Ansari already has. He’s a different comic: crankier, older, the kind of guy who says he doesn’t understand the younger generation."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Aziz Ansari announces his first major tour since his sexual misconduct scandal
The Master of None star's new tour will be called the “Road to Nowhere” tour. “New tour dates for 2019. On sale this week. Click here for cities. See ya on the road ding dongs,” he tweeted Tuesday.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Rob Lowe reunites with fellow Parks and Recreation alum Aziz Ansari to celebrate Thanksgiving in London
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:32AM EST
Michael Schur: Why I'd work with Aziz Ansari again
Source: The Daily Beast
"The answer is yes, I would," The Good Place creator, who worked with Ansari on Parks and Recreation, says when The Daily Beast asked if he'd work with the comedian again following his #MeToo scandal. "And the tricky thing about all of this stuff is this kind of national reckoning that the entertainment industry has finally had with itself—or at least has begun to have, I would say—we’re far from actually having the complete, sort of thought process and emotional processing that is required," adds Schur. "There was a lot of dust and a lot of that dust has now settled a little bit, and now it’s time for everybody to really think hard and reflect and change and grow and do all of that stuff that is required to heal. And I’m not talking about any one person or group of people. The initial revelation of how prevalent all of these things are is over. And now it’s phase two. Phase two is going to be equally tough and hard and it’s going to require a lot of emotional turmoil and thought processes and investigations and all that stuff. And I am happy that it’s happening. I’m excited for it to happen."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Aziz Ansari's new standup act decries extreme wokeness, but still doesn't address his sexual misconduct scandal
Source: The New Yorker
"The bemused but progressive spirit that once informed Ansari’s commentary on current events seems to have crusted into suspicion about wokeness and its excesses," Eren Orbey says of Ansari's new act, which he calls “Working Out New Material." "Without ever mentioning the #MeToo movement—or his own experience as one of its most disputed casualties—Ansari decries the destructive performativity of Internet activism and the fickle, ever-changing standards of political correctness."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Louis CK performed at the Comedy Cellar again last night, resulting in two women walking out
Source: Page Six
“He went on around midnight,” a source tells Page Six. “A few women walked out. He didn’t address (the #MeToo allegations against him). He was a little arrogant … he made some comment like, ‘I’ve been off for a while, ‘cause everyone needs a break.’” According to Gothamist, CK received "a pretty enthusiastic reception" and that the people walking out received a refund, per the Comedy Cellar's new policy. Gothamist reported that Aziz Ansari also performed at the Comedy Cellar last night.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Alan Yang talks Master of None's future, Parks and Rec's "Treat Yo Self" and his "weird, supernatural" show Forever
"Yeah. We’re open to it," says Yang says of Master of None, which he co-created with Aziz Ansari. "Netflix has talked to us and I’ve talked with (Netflix content chief) Ted Sarandos and he’s open to the idea. It just has to be something that’s really exciting for us. Once we get to a benchmark of about six to seven ideas, then we feel like we’re ready to do a season." Yang, who also co-created Forever, says he urged his writers to pen fewer jokes for the Amazon series starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. "I wanted it to feel like people were actually talking to each other," he says. Yang also discussed how the Parks and Recreation writing staff's Secret Santa bled into the show, and how he's had to apologize to Retta and Ansari for coining "Treat Yo Self" -- "because the amount of times they get yelled at on the street I’m sure is annoying."
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Chelsea Handler on Louis CK and Aziz Ansari's comeback attempts: "They have to address what happened"
"People want to talk about it,” the comedian tells The Huffington Post. “You can’t just ignore and throw it under the rug. You have to talk about what you’ve learned, where you’ve come from and where you are now.” She added: “I think that’s the issue everyone has with it and why it’s such a big deal. You can’t just come back and act like nothing happened ― you did a bad thing ― depending on which person you’re talking about. It’s about taking responsibility, ultimately.”
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Aziz Ansari returned to his hometown to perform before a crowd of 1,800 -- including some who didn't know of his #MeToo scandal
Source: The New York Times
Ansari again did not address the Babe.net article accusing him of sexual misconduct that has been a flashpoint in the debate over the #MeToo movement during last night's performance in Charleston, South Carolina before one of his biggest crowds this year. The New York Times' Sopan Deb asked several attendees about Ansari's scandal. Some had no idea. “I’m sorry, what went down?” said one woman. Her husband assured her that “it’s not like a Weinstein-y kind of thing.”
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
Aziz Ansari didn't address his #MeToo scandal while performing in Wisconsin
The Master of None star announced a last-minute series of performances this past weekend in Wisconsin. And according to Ryan Glasspiegel, Ansari did not address the allegations against him, but he seemed to be weary from the scandal. "Ansari took the stage looking a bit older than he did in the last season of Master of None," says Glasspiegel. "Who could know how much of that has to do with the stress of having his reputation questioned in the media, but it was striking to look at his face and see that a lot of his hallmark boyishness has faded. Nevertheless, his energy was still as high as ever as he ran through a set that lasted under an hour."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Netflix would be happy to bring back Master of None "when Aziz is ready"
Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland was asked about the future of Aziz Ansari's comedy in the wake of his sexual misconduct controversy earlier this year, which has resulted in him keeping a low profile. “We would be happy to make another season of Master of None when Aziz is ready,” she responded.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Sarah Silverman defends Al Franken, says of Louis CK: "I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists"
"All I can say is, and he may not be excited about this, but he has no sexuality," Silverman says of Franken in a GQ profile. "I believe in my heart of heart of hearts he never copped a feel." As for Louis CK and whether he should be allowed to make a comeback, she says: “I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that's the case, I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists. Now, whether they're popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they're accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I'm guilty of these things, and I'm wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He's my brother, so it's hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I'm trying to.” Silverman also spoke about Aziz Ansari, saying of her reaction to his sexual misconduct scandal: “I was just like, Gross, I don't wanna know that about Aziz! Hopefully he's dealing with things, looking inward, and will blossom from it.”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Owner of New York's famed Comedy Cellar is happy to have Aziz Ansari perform -- and he'd welcome Louis CK back, too
Source: New York Daily News
Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman tells The New York Daily News a woman walking out of a recent Ansari performance was the exception rather than the rule. "When he's come down there, the crowd has been cheering even more than they were before the controversy," he says of Ansari. As for Louis CK coming back to perform, he says, "Louis admitted that he did things he's ashamed of. Nobody should take this issue lightly. Yet as a society we also don't believe that punishments go on forever, and we generally believe in a path to forgiveness for people who have shown real contrition."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
A woman walked out during an Aziz Ansari standup set in New York City
Source: New York Daily News
The New York Daily News reports the Master of None star made a surprise stand-up appearance at the Comedy Cellar on Sunday night, and a woman responded by walking out in the middle of his act. Ansari began returning to standup in recent weeks for the first time since he was accused of sexual misconduct in January.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Retta didn't like the story accusing Parks and Recreation co-star Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct
"I feel like a lot of people and a lot of other outlets were like, ‘Why did you even run this story?’” the Good Girls star says of the January Babe.net story. “I’m giving my personal opinion, and I don’t want f*cking people coming at me. You know what I mean? But I feel like I’ve been on that date so many times. I was like, ‘If you haven’t been on that date twice, are you even living a life?’"