INTIMATE MOMENTS FOR A SENSUAL EVENING is a standup comedy set by Aziz Ansari filmed in July 2009 and released on DVD six months later. I knew Aziz Ansari from the great sketch comedy programme Human Giant, and I was looking forward to seeing him perform solo in a theatre. Much of this set is funny, with Ansari tapping the comedic potential of contemporary technology like Craigslist and Facebook, mocking certain celebrities who take themselves too seriously, and reporting his experiences of living in South Carolina and New York.
Unfortunately, the set is seriously undermined by Ansari's decision to perform a 10-minute encore as his character "Randy" from the Judd Apatow film FUNNY PEOPLE. Randy is a standup comedian whose humour is exceedingly coarse, consisting only of sexual and scatological references. No doubt Ansari finds this character a way to unwind and do something different from his traditional standup style, but after nearly an hour of fine, imaginative comedy, the Randy character is just odious.
Though I enjoyed most of this, it's hard to recommend purchasing the DVD, even for established fans of Aziz Ansari, as the comedy is solid but in no way legendary.