It hasn’t been all bad for NBC in the 2009-10 television season. Among other things, Thursday sitcom “Parks and Recreation” found its creative footing in a big way, often out-funnying stalwarts “The Office” and “30 Rock” on a given knight.
Humanizing Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford character has been one of the reasons “Parks” has succeeded. Giving Haverford the depth of going through a divorce he doesn’t really want to have has only made Ansari’s performance richer.
That being said, it’s hard to say Ansari has ever been more hilarious than he was in his standup special, “Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening,” which premiered on Comedy Central on Sunday. In the hourlong performance, Ansari’s unmistakable joy and wonder accentuates stories that are inherently laugh-out-loud funny. In particular, his infiltration of his teenage cousin’s Facebook study group and his expose of false thread-count claims by bedroom sheet manufacturers stand out.
The special reruns Friday on Comedy Central at 8 p.m. — opposite the multi-network “Hope for Haiti” telethon, so don’t forget to set your DVRs.