In a bit of a surprise reveal, the streaming giant dropped a trailer for Ansari’s upcoming new stand-up comedy special, titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now.
Sorry folks, no word on Master of None season three.
This marks Ansari’s first appearance on TV screens – and screens of any kind – since his sexual misconduct accusation and it brings up a question of whether it’s time to welcome him back into the fold.
Save for a low key stand-up gig at the start of 2019 when he addressed it his misconduct onstage in a refreshingly, and surprisingly, thoughtful manner, he’s stayed silent on the matter so we don’t have a clear idea as to whether he’s accepted the responsibility of his actions and has grown as a person or whether he’s gone the way of Louis CK by playing the victim blaming card and shrugging everything off completely.
But based on that aforementioned stand up gig, his 2019 Road To Nowhere comedy tour, and a recent Melbourne show in which he once again tackled the accusation in a “practiced but sincere” way, it seems almost certain that we’ll get some part of Aziz’s stand up special dedicated to his #MeToo moment, which is the part most people are interested in hearing.
But don’t expect his entire special to be dedicated entirely to #MeToo though since an hour on the subject is perhaps a bit much for a stand-up comedy set, even for a comedian like Aziz. If his recent shows are any indication, it seems like his latest set will be heavy on themes like compassion and growth, which seems pretty fitting for someone trying to get his career back on track.
Whether or not Aziz is ready to be welcomed back remains up in the air, but we have a good idea on what he’s going to talk about on his big return. Will it be sincere or merely a means to an end?
Well we’ll find out soon enough whether Right Now is missing a question mark.