Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari made good on his tweet that he'd be returning to New Orleans "ASAP." Ansari will perform at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on June 19.
Ansari, the cub scout Lothario and small town jet-setter Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks and Recreation, started his standup career in 2001 while at NYU (for more on his beginnings, listen to his episode on Marc Maron's WTF podcast). He followed up his hourlong special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening with the very recently released hourlong performance Dangerously Delicious, available for $5 on his website via the Louis C.K. model of distribution.
Ansari also is a veteran of the sketch group Human Giant and its respective MTV show, and he was a highlight as Raaaaaaaandy in Judd Apatow's Funny People (which gave birth to the best URL, "laughyourdickoff.com")
He was last in New Orleans for the Make It Right Foundation's A Night to Make it Right, where he emceed — he tweeted, "New Orleans. You are amazing. Cochon?? Rabbit and dumplings?? RIDIC. Adding tour date ASAP!!!"
Tickets to his "Buried Alive" tour are $39 and go on sale Saturday, March 31, via Ticketmaster.com or LiveNation.com.
Also appearing this summer: Todd Barry, who last was in town as the surprise opener for Louis C.K. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2011. Barry will perform at The New Movement, the young, intimate Marigny theater that already has seen weekly packed house performances from its house shows and touring comics like Kyle Kinane and Sean Patton. Barry's last headlining gig in New Orleans was at One Eyed Jacks.
Barry has performed standup across the Late Night spectrum and everywhere else. His voice is instantly recognizable — from Dr. Katz to Tom Goes to the Mayor to Louie. His 2001 album Medium Energy is required listening.
Barry performs two shows
Friday, May 18 Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.