Netflix pick of the week: Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
The US comedian's new Netflix-released stand-up special.
He made his name for most as the sarcastic, sartorially inclined lovable rogue Tom Haverford on NBC's excellent small-town council comedy Parks And Recreation but Aziz Ansari is also a fine stand-up comedian. Buried Alive, his third stand-up special,was exclusively released this month through Netflix.
Ansari is a sharp-suited, wide-eyed young guy with a vehement delivery. Having just turned 30, Ansari's material is drawn from observations about his generation, who are having kids, getting married and becoming real "adults". He's fine with the concept of two people being in love, it's all the stuff that comes after it that he finds insane.
He delves into the dubious five-star restaurant engagement story of a front-row couple in the audience ("what five-star restaurant serves breadsticks on the table?"); the inherent creepiness of marriage itself ("I want to keep hanging out with you til one of us dies"); those annoying photos and videos of a child's first steps on social networks posted by parents; how ghosts' fascination with modern appliances explains supernatural occurrences and the bizarre rise of dudes who send dick photos. Ansari's likeability carries the show and he's a rare thing: a comedian as cool as his pop culture contemporaries. So cool, he sings three different songs all riffing on modern pop music's focus on having the best night ever in the club.