Aziz Ansari is ready to make a comeback less than a year after battling accusations from the #MeToo movement — and just like fellow disgraced comic Louis C.K., that comeback included a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village.
According to TMZ, the Master of None star was one of three surprise guests on Sunday where he, along with Amy Schumer and Jeff Ross, performed about 20-25 minutes of well received stand-up.
The set comes months after an anonymous woman publicly accused the comedian of pressuring her into oral sex after the two went on a date in September 2017.
The 35-year-old did not address these accusations in his set over the weekend — not directly, at least. Greenwich Time reports that Ansari’s new set covers “sex, relationships, internet outrage, news coverage, racism and ‘self-righteous wokeness.’”
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Ansari also performed at the Comedy Cellar back in May, and, in recent weeks, has graced stages in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Nashville, Chester, and his home state South Carolina, where he reportedly received mixed reviews.
After Ansari took to Instagram last week to announce he would be performing new material, some cried that his road to redemption was, like C.K., premature. But unlike C.K., Ansari’s vilification has been thought by many as evidence that #MeToo had gone too far.
Three of the four venues the Parks and Recreation alum will be visiting in the upcoming weeks added additional shows after the initial shows sold out. So, it looks like comedy venues, audiences, and Amy Schumer have forgiven Ansari whether you’re ready to or not.
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