Aziz Ansari might bury you alive — with laughter
By Matt Wohlfarth
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Aziz Ansari is a comedian, actor, producer and writer. His career is flying faster than a sports car in a straightaway at Monte Carlo.
Ansari will put on his standup jacket and bring his “Buried Alive” comedy tour to Pittsburgh for one show on March 28 at Heinz Hall, Downtown.
He was raised by traditional Indian parents in Columbia, S.C., who were both in the medical field. Ansari caught the comedy bug when he was attending New York University, where he received his undergraduate degree in marketing.
He soon burst onto the American radar with his hit MTV sketch-comedy show, “Human Giant.”
After that, even his medically trained parents couldn't cure him of this comedy ailment.
Ansari has appeared in movies such as “30 Minutes or Less,” “I Love You, Man,” “Funny People” and “Get Him to the Greek.”
He has performed on all of the major talk shows. Rolling Stone magazine called him the “funniest person under 30” (an age he just hit in February). He also takes time to write and produce movies. He is currently working on a project with Judd Apatow.
And, of course, he's also one of the stars of the NBC sitcom, “Parks and Recreation.”
Despite this insanely busy schedule, he still takes time to hit the theater trail and tell some jokes on his new “Buried Alive” tour. Yes, Ansari is buried — in work.
What can you expect from an Ansari comedy show? Although he is short in stature, he is not short on opinions on everything that's wrong with the world. He may not cure it in an hour, but his injections of humor will certainly get the healing process started.
Don't let his calm, impeccably dressed demeanor fool you. Even though he looks like he might be ready to address the massive changes he made to the I.T. department, he will stun you with his sudden riotous abruptness. He lulls you into a sense of comfort with his expressive gaze like a king cobra then suddenly strikes and fills you full of comedy venom that convulses you with laughter.
Don't worry: You don't need an anti-venom; all you need is a ticket.
Comedian Matt Wohlfarth is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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