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Aziz Ansari is doing standup four months after a report of his sexual misconduct sparked a national conversation about consent.
The comedian performed several unannounced sets in New York City last week, reportedly performing at the Comedy Cellar from Wednesday to Sunday. According to attendees who tweeted about the secret sets, the Master of None comic riffed on millennials, race, and coffee.
I saw Aziz Anzari at the Comedy Cellar last night and if I told people this a year ago they’d be like “cool” but now they’re like “oh”
— Hershlay (@hershlay) May 11, 2018
In January, an anonymous woman told Babe.net that she went out on a date with Ansari last fall that ended in sexual assault. At his place, Ansari reportedly insisted on sexual activity that she, both verbally and nonverbally, repeatedly declined. Eventually, she left his apartment and said Ansari forced her head to his penis “five to seven times. He really kept doing it after I moved it away.” Ansari has since said the activity was consensual.
aziz ansari just showed up at the comedy cellar last night while my friends & i were on edibles. almost broke my ribs laughing & ate too many fries. such a good day.
— candy (@candyyhernandez) May 11, 2018
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My Aziz popped up at brunch today. You still not coming to @nyccomedycellar brunch show every Sunday??? WTF
•#comedycellar #comedynyc #laugh #mothersday #comedy #aziz #brunch #parksandrec https://t.co/mUnVod89Dd pic.twitter.com/UJd46FVIlJ
— CIPHA SOUNDS (@ciphasounds) May 13, 2018
COMEDY FAMILY!!! Me, Aziz Ansari @azizansari, Tracy Morgan @realtracymorgan, Joyelle @joyellenicole, and Tony Woods #tonywoods at Comedy Cellar Village Underground @nyccomedycellar. Amazing night!!! #tracymorgan #azizansari #comedycellar #villageunderground
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It seems right on schedule, the men of the #MeToo era are slowly working their way into the limelight again.
- Aziz Ansari, ‘Cat Person,’ and the language of consent
- The Aziz Ansari story proves we need to give women a safe space to define their experiences
- #MeToo hasn’t gone too far—it’s just getting started
- Revisiting that cringe-worthy ‘Master of None’ romance
H/T Page Six
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.