Examiner.com was on the scene at Village East Cinema where superstar comedian Aziz Ansari premiered his new comedy special, "Buried Alive," which premiered exclusively on Netflix on November 1. Filmed live at Philadelphia's Merriam Theatre back in April, “Buried Alive” is a very different comedy act than we're used to seeing from Aziz. In his previous shows, “Dangerously Delicious” and “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening,” Aziz has been known to discuss a myriad of lighthearted topics. This isn't the case with “Buried Alive.” Here we see Aziz tackling issues that many people in his age group (He just turned 30) have to grapple with including childbirth, marriage, and everything else one has to come to grips with when they hit the big 3-0.
But not to worry, while his subject matter might have matured, Aziz still finds a way to incorporate that class clown comedy amidst these heavy topics. An exemplary moment came when he compared and contrasted the lives of teenagers on the two shows, “My Super Sweet 16” and “16 and Pregnant.” He elaborated by describing “16 and Pregnant” as a show where nothing ever gets better: “The only good thing that happened this week is the guy ALMOST gets a job at Arby's and the girl won a fist fight with her mom!”
In addition to him speaking about the issues faced by his age group, Aziz also ventures into social commentary. He brings up the Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy as well as the pros and cons of arranged marriages vs love marriages. All in all, “Buried Alive” is an excellent next step in Aziz's career and promises to leave viewers in tears of laughter after seeing it.
Check out what Ansari told reporters on the red carpet:
Q: What would be your ideal celebrity crush?
I don't know. My celebrity crush is like, I would watch a lot of old movies, old Hitchcock movies and the actress in “North by Northwest” had a classic like, beautiful look.
Q: So if you could describe your dream girl, it would be the old Hollywood look?
Yes. I don't know, I'm just attracted to kind of like, a similar sense of humor and things like that. Things you can't really describe, that's what attracts me to someone.
Q: What's been burying you alive lately?
Doing press for “Buried Alive!” (Laughs) I'm sick of telling people about it, it's out there. No I don't mind talking about it! Just been buried in work, I'm always buried in work. But I love it, I'm a workaholic so I do what I do. I'm happy to do it.
Q: You didn't know your skit would be used on Drake's song (All Me) right? Do you want to do actual skits on rap albums?
No I didn't know until I heard about it. I didn't know until it was on the radio. Maybe if the right thing came along, but those are usually not the funniest things around so (maybe).
Notables who joined Aziz at the special screening included Michaela Conlin, Cast of “Orange is the New Black” including Alysia Reiner, Natasha Lyonne, Piper Kerman, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Questlove and James Murphy. The after-party continued at the Ace Hotel.
Jagpal Khahera contributed reporting.