Aziz Ansari performs at the Palms, parties like a comedy star – Las Vegas Weekly (blog)

December 13, 2010 · 11:06 PM

By Don Chareunsy

Aziz Ansari at The Pearl in the Palms on Dec. 11, 2010.

Photo: David Becker/WireImage

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari started and punctuated his Saturday performance at The Pearl in the Palms with Kanye West. Sporting a gray tuxedo jacket with black lapels, the 27-year-old marched onstage to West’s new hit song “Power.”

But he also poked fun at his rap buddy when he told the audience that West is trying to start a new trend by requiring his entourage to wear suits. Ansari pointed out that West is behind the times because Corporate America has been doing that for decades.

A South Carolina native who resides in L.A., Ansari talked little about his background — aside from mentioning that he deals with Southern racism only because he loves comfort food like fried chicken. However, he did provide a list of his favorite racial slurs.

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Aziz Ansari at The Pearl in the Palms on Dec. 11, 2010.

He performed to a packed house. The Las Vegas show was part of Ansari’s Dangerously Delicious Tour. Next month, he’s scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Wilbur Theater in Boston.

Ansari is best known for playing Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and has acted in several films, including I Love You, Man and Observe and Report. He hosted the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in June.

The young comedian electrified the crowd with jokes about dating in the digital age, the dangers of text messaging and his “chubby” teenage cousin Harris, who posts dark, deep and disturbing quotations on Facebook. He told the audience that he’s worried about socially and emotionally immature men who are getting married and having children — like a young father in his 20s who has sex with macaroni for fun.

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Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari and a friend at Surrender in the Encore.

L.A. comedian Dan Levy opened for Ansari and warmed up a receptive crowd. He joked about why Radio Shack is still in business and how his friend overdosed on pot cookies. Like Ansari, he, too, received overwhelming applause. (The pair hit Lavo in the Palazzo while in town, while Ansari also stopped by Surrender in the Encore.)

Before performing, Ansari told fans that flash photography was prohibited because it distracted him, but he allowed everyone to snap photographs of him jokingly posing onstage before he started his set. The theater lit up with LED screens from cell phones as audience members — young and old — took pictures.

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Dan Levy, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang at Lavo in the Palazzo.

And when the house lights went down and the show started, no one bothered to distract the very funny comedian who spat out jokes for about an hour — probably because they were laughing so hard.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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