Aziz Ansari is back, it seems. Knowing you can’t be more hated in stand-up comedy right now than Bill Cosby or Louis C.K., the embarrassed comedy star took to social media to announce his Road to Nowhere stand-up tour. Earlier this year, Ansari was exposed as, at best, a really bad first date in a Babe.net exposé.
Ansari’s sexual misconduct controversy made waves in the news cycle back in January, but was not met with nearly as much rage or ire as other fallen male figures have received. In the Babe.net story, a young woman describes an awful first date with a selfish, poon-hungry celebrity that some consider to be on the wrong side of sexual assault. The Masters of None star claims to have remembered the night differently.
No one really seems to know what to do with Ansari. Was it sexual assault? Was it clueless behavior? Was it just a bad date with less-than-perfect people? It should be noted that Ansari has written a book on dating called Modern Romance, which greatly covered the topics of consent and feminism.
The discussion over who is ‘allowed’ to come back and when has been going on in the comedy community since Louis C.K.—who admitted to repeated cases of workplace sexual harassment and masturbating in front of two female comedians in a hotel room at a comedy festival—has been welcomed back by comedy clubs all over New York City. Ansari’s situation landed him in a gray area between that clueless high school boy who was too horny to read nonverbals and a monster like Harvey Weinstein. As such, he has laid low but has not been banished to the comfy entertainment wilderness to which many sexual abusers in the industry have retired. The Parks and Recreation alum, with 10.5 million Twitter followers, will likely do well with ticket sales which have sadly become the litmus test for who’s in and who’s out after claims of sexual assault.
The Road to Nowhere tour commences in Boston in February. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon, but fans who register on his website Wednesday will receive 10% off.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) November 27, 2018
Road to Nowhere 2019 Tour Dates
Feb 6 – Chevalier Theatre in Medford, MA
Feb 7 – Chevalier Theatre in Medford, MA
Feb 9 – Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
Feb 14 – Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, AB
Feb 15 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC
Feb 16- The Buell Theatre in Denver, CO
Feb 21 – The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 24 – Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, CA
Mar 5 – Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL
Mar 8 – Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN
Mar 9 – Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 10 – Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH
Mar 12 – Keller Auditorium in Portland, OR
Ma 14 – Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA
Mar 16 – The Masonic in San Francisco, CA
Mar 19 – Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
Mar 20 – Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 21 – Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Mar 22 – Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, NV
Mar 23 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
Apr 17 – Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, TN
Apr 18 – Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Apr 20 – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL
Apr 24 – Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY
Apr 25 – Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, ON
Apr 26 – DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 27 – Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Apr 28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO