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Long Awaited Aziz Ansari Comes to Stony

Picking up girls, internet arguments and Harris’ college essay.  With some vulgar words and a few explicit images, comedian Aziz Ansari had students roaring with laughter throughout his hour-long performance at Stony Brook last week.

The Staller Main Stage filled with students met the American comedian with thundering applause and cheers on Feb 16. The highly anticipated and packed show was the first event of the Undergraduate Student Government’s spring concert series. The event, initially scheduled for Feb. 9, took place a week later due to winter weather.

The show was free for Stony Brook students with school IDs,  however, only 1,000 tickets were available.  Students who wished to attend the event didn’t have to buy tickets but paid another way; hundreds stood in line on Sunday, Jan. 30 and Monday, Jan. 31 in hopes of getting a ticket to the show. The line snaked through the Student Activities Center, extending from the ticket office on the first floor past the Teacher’s Federal Credit Union in the basement. Though the line was long and some students were turned away Jan. 30 and had to wait again Jan. 31, many students who attended the show said it was worth the wait.

“ I waited a long time, I probably waited an hour and a half,” said Neel Shah, an undecided freshman who waited for his ticket on Sunday after he moved back onto campus from his home in Queens, N.Y.  “I thought it was definitely worth it; he was funny, charismatic, amazing.”

Ansari began the show by establishing one cardinal rule: no pictures. Though Ansari asked for all cameras to be off during the show, he allowed students to photograph him for a minute while he pretended to tell jokes and yell at someone in the front row. After setting the ground rules, Ansari joked continuously throughout the next hour, stopping periodically to yell at those who had ignored his request for no photographs.

Ansari joked about everyday occurrences, how men act at bars, dating women who have boyfriends, and tipping waitresses.

“Excuse me, Miss. Yes, I’ll have a muffin. Here’s $100. I think you know what that means. I’m willing to have sex with you for the price of $98,” Ansari said.

Ansari also shared experiences from his life with the audience. One story involved a woman asking Ansari if she could go out with him even though she had a boyfriend. Ansari compared the question to other humorous examples for the audience.

“Hey Aziz, I got these tickets to a carnival, but you can’t ride any rides.  Is that a problem?”

“Yeah, that’s a problem! I want to ride those rides! That’s the whole point in going to the carnival. These tickets you gave me are useless.”

“Hey Aziz, I got you a panini press off of Amazon, but I shipped it to my friend Lisa instead of you.  Is that a problem?”

“Yeah, it’s a problem; that’s not my address! And I don’t have Lisa’s contact information, and now that you mentioned a panini I really want one!”

Ansari also included reocurring characters in his stand up show. Ansari’s cousin Harris received the brunt of many jokes. Harris’ college essay came under fire as Ansari read it aloud to the crowd:

“I remember thinking how bizarre it was that someone could not read. What if I couldn’t read? I wouldn’t be able to text my friend movie times, or even order cheese biscuits from Red Lobster.”

“These are the things that pop into Harris’s mind when he imagines a world where he can’t read. “

The show ended with Ansari abruptly walking off stage, returning a second later for a short encore.

“It was really funny, I enjoyed it! I’ve seen a lot of his old material, so it was similar to what he’s joked about before so I thought it was pretty good,” said Khush Chaudhary, a junior majoring in psychology and English and a USG programming assistant. It was a little more vulgar than what I’m used to.”

“I thought it was hilarious,” said Daine Taylor a journalism student. “I love Aziz. I’ve loved all his other stuff before. I like how he continued on with the basic theme and talked about his family and stuff. It was hilarious.”

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    ChennyFeb 21, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I did not attend the comedy show but the article did a great job of describing. Some of the funny lines and topics. I think its a great article and right to the point.

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