Aziz Ansari Sets Return To Netflix With New Standup Special
This marks the comedian’s biggest return since being accused of sexual misconduct last year.
Aziz Ansari is prepping his return to Netflix with the release of a new standup special.
Titled Right Now, the special will be released July 9, and is directed by Spike Jonze. A trailer for Right Now can be watched below.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 1, 2019
The special serves as Ansari’s first standup special since he was accused of sexual misconduct in January last year. The accusation came about following the publication of a story on babe.net, where a woman recounted a date she had with Ansari. The woman alleges that the Master of None creator made unwanted sexual advances toward her when they went to his apartment after a dinner date. She also said Ansari “ignored clear non-verbal cues” and “kept going with advances” after she told him she was uncomfortable.
“I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz,” she said.
Aziz then issued a statement where he wrote that he believed their encounter had been consensual.
“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said,” he wrote.
Several months ago, Ansari spoke on the incident during a pop-up show.
“There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” he said. “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.”