Aziz Ansari is returning to on-screen comedy this year.
Aziz Ansari: Right Now is directed by Academy Award winner Spike Jonze (Her, The Moon Song, Being John Malkovich). It is set for a global release on July 9. On Monday, Netflix dropped the comedy special’s teaser.
The comedian’s upcoming Netflix comedy special will be his first appearance on screen after facing an accusation of sexual misconduct last year. The accusation was published on Babe.net back in January 2018 amid the #MeToo movement. A woman who went on a date with the comedian opened up about feeling violated after engaging in non-consensual sexual acts with him. After the allegation surfaced, Ansari temporarily stepped back from the spotlight. This was until he went on his international stand up tour, Road to Nowhere.
Ansari responded to the allegation earlier this year in comedy set while performing in New York City’s Village Underground. Vulture reported that the comedian admitted that the incident was “a terrifying thing to talk about,”
“There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” referring to his accuser. The comedian continues that he is hopeful the incident “made not just me but other guys think about this, and just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment…”
Ansari has since earned praise for admitting to his faults and addressing the allegation albeit in a flawed way.