Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aziz Ansari Muses on Marriage, Babies and Getting Older in 'Buried Alive'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aziz Ansari Muses on Marriage, Babies and Getting Older in 'Buried Alive'

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Aziz Ansari muses on marriage, babies


TORONTO - Beneath the wisecracks and snarky jabs, comic Aziz Ansari admits he's a romantic at heart.

The baby-faced stand-up star says he's fascinated by how we connect with each other in this era of texting and Instagram, but especially so when it comes to love.

Finding that special someone is the focus of his new Netflix special "Buried Alive," where he muses on the increasing pressures he feels to settle down, raise a family and, well, grow up.

"I'm not like totally consumed by it, thinking about it all the time, but it is kind of interesting," Ansari says of feeling the clock ticking now that he's 30.

"You start getting old and you don't even realize it. It's like, 'People my age are popping kids out! That's pretty crazy.'"

During a recent stop in Toronto, Ansari says he wrote this material while watching a lot of his friends get married and have kids, bringing into sharp focus his own impending adulthood.

Filmed live at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, "Buried Alive" features Ansari musing on marriage proposals, raising children, arranged marriage, and the whole terrifying notion of till-death-do-us-part.

It's a markedly more mature look at life than his other comedy specials "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening" and "Dangerously Delicious," he agrees, noting that it's part of his own conscious evolution as a writer.

"My favourite musicians and artists are ones that change and evolve over the course of their albums," says the "Parks and Recreation" co-star, who filmed and paid for the special himself to be sure he had complete control over the final product.

"I hate it and I think all artists hate it when people are like, 'Oh, well, this is what that guy does.' You know, 'That's his thing,' whatever it is -- talking about my cousin Harris or you know, (cocky alter ego) Randy, or whatever -- and I like all that stuff but you don't want to repeat yourself. I was like, 'Let me do something different and not do any of the stuff I've done in the past. …

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