Title: Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
Released: 2013

Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

Red-hot comic Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) shares his views on adulthood, babies, marriage, love and more in the modern era. Filmed live in Philadelphia, Ansari’s unfiltered look at his own place in today’s adult world is smartly hilarious.

FYA Summary:

Hey! It’s Aziz Ansari, telling jokes and being funny! Awesome.

Familiar Faces:

Aziz Ansari as himself

I first saw Aziz Ansari during SXSW, back in 2006 or 2007. He was touring with the Comedians of Comedy, which included Patton Oswalt, who was the main reason I made it to the show. I remember Aziz telling this great joke about Googling himself– it was basically something along the lines of:

“I often Google ‘Aziz Ansari is a badass motherf*cker,’ just so that when other people search my name, Google will ask them, ‘Do you mean Aziz Ansari is a badass motherf*cker?'”

From that moment on, I was a fan of Aziz Ansari, badass motherf*cker. He’s hilarious, he’s a huge supporter of gay marriage, and oh yeah, he’s a fantastic dresser. His suit in this movie is MWAH. (That’s the sound of me putting my fingers to my lips and making a kissing sound while expanding said fingers. Why don’t we have a word for that? Or, at the very least, an emoji?)

I ADORE him as Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation, but it’s great to see him doing standup as himself (well, the comedian version of himself). Which, truth be told, is… a lot like Tom Haverford.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Make Like Sardines

It’s a scientific fact* that laughing along with other people just makes you laugh louder. This show is FUNNY, and your enjoyment of it will increase exponentially based on the number of friends you can turn to and be all, “I KNOW RIGHT?” and “DUBS TRUE.”

*And by scientific fact, I mean based on my extensive research of laughing my ass off in large crowds.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Buzzed

Even if you’re sober, Aziz will still be hilarious, but I recommend loosening up with a few beverages throughout the show. Just make sure you stay alert enough to remember the jokes the next day, because otherwise you’ll be robbed of my favorite thing, which is forcing my friends to hear me retell, i.e. butcher, other people’s punchlines.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Gut-Busting

I’m a big fan of standup comedy. Correction: I’m a big fan of good standup comedy. And, sadly, it’s often hard to find. So when I see a special like this, with a performer who is both hilarious and intelligent, I feel like I’ve found the Holy Grail. (Or, at the very least, something touched by Jesus sacred.) Aziz is at the top of his game in this show, and his material is fresh (with the exception of the Babies Are Stupid stuff he stole from David Cross) and insanely entertaining. And did I mention that he goes off script and improvises a whole section with a couple in the front row? That’s when you know that the dude has SKILLS.

Aziz Ansari, I think I love you.


Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.