Aziz Ansari: Right Now Review: The Old Aziz Is Gone Moving Forward

July 10, 2019
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV, TV Reviews
4.5

Summary

Netflix special Aziz Ansari: Right Now could have easily been problematic after 2018, but the comedian addresses his issues with sincerity and delivers one of the best stand-ups of 2019.

4.5

Summary

Netflix special Aziz Ansari: Right Now could have easily been problematic after 2018, but the comedian addresses his issues with sincerity and delivers one of the best stand-ups of 2019.

Aziz Ansari: Right Now was released on Netflix on July 9, 2019. 

Aziz Ansari’s opening was strangely nerve-racking. As he casually walks on stage to an all-embracing audience, he decides to tackle the one subject he may have chosen to avoid. 2018 was not a grand year for the actor as he became embroiled in the #MeToo movement. But the comedian addresses it, sincerely and with reflection. While the audience appreciated his unexpected honesty, his genuine opening did platform a shaky five minutes. Many will say he was nervous, but this is well-directed by Spike Jonze, and I will hazard a guess that this was a few shows into his tour. But once the crowd and the comedian relax, Netflix special Aziz Ansari: Right Now becomes one of the best stand-ups of 2019.

Aziz Ansari’s willingness to allow his entire nerdiness to spill out with every other line always works in his favour. In Right Now, he spends a good portion discussing the world’s social climate. How people’s reactions are based on what side of the fence they live on. He makes a rather lengthy gag on the over-indulgent culture of White Americans trying to become the most culturally accepting person; suggesting that behind the scenes they are making it a game of who can become the most woke. Aziz Ansari: Right Now is a very intelligent series of jokes, tapping into the differences between rage and racism, and the cycle of hypocrisy.

I predict that some will argue that Aziz’s bite at “woke” is his way of offering a window to what he experienced in 2018 – this did nag my brain a little, however, my fears were relieved as he started delving into the different reactions when Michael Jackson and R Kelly are brought into conversation. Aziz wants a genuine debate about how we react to things, and he confines it into witty jokes.

Aziz Ansari: Right Now talks about family, and he hones in on living in the now, rather than continually thinking forward. The comedian has a way of engaging the audience and slowly bringing them in; somehow the way that the show is shot portrays the intimacy he managed to gauge with the crowd. He takes his time, and by the end of the stand-up, he manages to get his audience on tenterhooks by discussing his appreciation, and how he nearly lost it all.

Netflix Special Aziz Ansari: Right Now is a wonderful stand-up. The comedian openly addresses 2018 to the crowd without any moment of cowardice and then puts his comedy talent on show.

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