When it comes to reviewing comedy, only one thing really matters.
Was it funny?
And yes, "Parks and Recreation" and "Human Giant" star Aziz Ansari was often hilarious during his headlining , well-attended stand-up performance Tuesday evening at the home of the Utah Symphony, Abravanel Hall.
But I still left feeling disappointed.
Ansari's portrayal of the narcissistic Tom Haverford is by far the best part of "Parks and Recreation," and I always watch the show thinking that the show should focus more on him and less on the increasingly unfunny lead of the show, Amy Poehler. But I learned that a little Ansari goes a long way, and although an 80-minute set was generous, I kept looking at my watch as the show dragged on.
Ansari has a compelling stage presence, and some bits (highlights included the recounting of a time he sent a picture of his genitalia to another woman, and a piece that dissected the conversational difference between a boring married couple and a threesome) were comic gold, and connected with the youngest crowd I have ever seen inside the chandeliered Abravanel Hall.
His set focused on dating, marriage and kids, and he is favor of none of those, saying that if there was a show on MTV called "25 and Pregnant" — a play on the real show "16 and Pregnant" — he would still see the subjects on the show as pitiful and not knowing what they were in for. To paraphrase, here are some of the more popular bits:
• "I was the cutest kid ever. Who doesn't want to f___ that? I never got molested once."
• He was confused about why people who have known each other for two years or less would ever get hitched. "Did you lose a bet?"
• He said when he encounters those who are opposed to inter-racial dating, he yelled that he was f____ white girls every night.
• He riffed on people with chain wallets, whom should never have children.Next Page >
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