Indian-American comedian returns to Netflix with stand-up special  “Aziz Ansari: Right Now”

Aziz Ansari (The New York Times)

Aziz Ansari is returning to Netflix. The Indian-American comedian announced earlier this month that his brand-new Netflix stand-up special, “Aziz Ansari: Right Now,” directed by Spike Jonze, was to stream on Netflix beginning July 9.

He also shared a short clip from the new show on his Twitter account, where he is seen backstage, preparing for a show. He comes across nervous, his head down and the nerves palpable.

The camera follows him as he emerges on to what is revealed to be a massive stage with a crowd there to cheer him on. “Aziz Ansari: Right Now” comes four years since he released a Netflix stand-up special with 2015’s “Aziz Ansari Live from Madison Square Garden.”

“The Master of None” creator and actor has been keeping a low profile since he was accused in January of sexual misconduct by an anonymous New York-based photographer after an explosive article on Babe.net, called “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life,” went viral.

The woman, who is referred to throughout the story as “Grace,” accused Ansari of perpetuating an unhealthy culture surrounding power and sex and ignoring her several physical and verbal cues that she wasn’t enjoying their date. She wrote that she felt pressured to perform certain sex acts afterward and that Ansari didn’t understand the nuances and importance of consent.

At the time Ansari addressed the claims, explaining he and the woman in question had engaged “in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual,” and revealed he had “responded privately” to the woman to discuss the incident. Nearly six months later, Ansari, 35, returned to the stage for an impromptu stand-up set at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan, and recently made appearances in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Ansari has been touring since last August across the U.S. and the world including India where he performed his show “Road to Nowhere,” his first tour since sexual assault allegations against him broke out in January 2018.

The piece sparked widespread debate about sexual misconduct and how bad dating experiences fit into the #MeToo movement. In a January statement, Ansari acknowledged that he apologized to the woman.

A few months after the sexual allegations broke out, Ansari has received support from Netflix, where his award-winning show “Master of None” won rave reviews. The streaming giant says it “would be happy” to make another season of the show when actor, writer and creator, Ansari is ready. Programming executive Cindy Holland made the announcement during the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills recently. Although Ansari was the subject of a controversial sexual misconduct accusation, Netflix did not cancel the show about a young, single actor in New York, which last aired in 2017.

Ansari won a Golden Globe in 2018 for the role in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy category, and he also won an Emmy for the show in 2016 for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

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