Aziz Ansari wanted to get serious.
The comedian and one of the stars of “Parks and Recreation,” Ansari, 30, mostly talked about getting older and the things that come with it: kids, marriage and settling down.
Thursday at the Omaha Music Hall, Ansari talked about serious stuff but was a complete goofball about it.
Wearing a black suit, Ansari started in about his friends getting older and doing serious things such as having babies. And then they share stuff with him, including videos of their babies' first steps.
“Look, I walk all the time,” Ansari said. “I'm not impressed.”
Ansari said he doesn't think he's responsible enough to have kids, even though he's 30. And his friends aren't ready, either.
“Dude, you have a chain wallet,” he said. “If your wallet is giving you enough trouble that you have to chain it to your person, you're not ready for a baby.”
The thousands in the theater roared in laughter at that and everything else that he said during the hour he was on the stage.
Most of what he said was inappropriate for this newspaper, up to and including a bit about being molested (it was funnier than it sounds) that Ansari said any reporter writing about the show should include in the paper's review.
Sorry, Aziz, but I don't think so.
Many of his jokes were like that one: pretty inappropriate, but still pretty funny. Topics including sexting, Grindr, “Teen Mom” and going to the club came up amid talking about getting married, civil rights and bullying.
Kids are different today, Ansari said, especially bullies. They're so mean and talk about violence. Back in his day, a kid hit him once, and the teacher threatened the bully.
“She said, 'If you touch him again, I will end you.' That was it. He never touched me again,” he said. “That kid was like, 'Well, I don't want to be ended, whatever ... that means.'”
Ansari's style is to take regular topics and turn them completely absurd. A story about visiting his family in India segued into a bit about sex and robots. Another about online dating turned into a joke about gay sex and then later into being a superhero.
Whenever he started taking it to a silly place, Ansari would often smirk as if he knew how absurd it all was.
Before Ansari came onstage, Moshe Kasher warmed up the audience well. Kasher had a fast-talking style that saw him speeding through everything. He referred to his personal style as “an old hipster dock worker — unloading boxes of banjos and Lumineers CDs before I take my artisan coffee break.” After finishing a joke, Kasher barely stopped to take the laughs before speeding into the next one.
Kasher and Ansari shared a few topics, including being in love and circumcision.
Ansari also talked about Chik-fil-A (“I'm very pro-gay marriage, and I'm also pro-delicious chicken sandwiches.”); how black men are blown away by magic tricks (“No one likes stereotypes, but that one's on point.”); going to nightclubs (“It smells like vomit, I can't hear anything and the worst people in the world are here. Let's do this.”); and weird gigs, such as the time he was hired to introduce singer Seal at a nightclub afterparty.
The crowd gave him a warm reception for all of it and roared with laughter at every turn.
Ansari soaked it up.
“Thank you so much, Omaha. That was sweet, and you were lovely,” Ansari said.
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