Review: Ansari's Dallas show confirms status as rising star

Posted 9:02am on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

DALLAS -- Some young comedians are unsure how to handle the onslaught of budding fame.

Aziz Ansari is not one of them.

In a nod to his ever-increasing visibility, the comedian, who co-stars on NBC's Parks and Recreation, paused Saturday night at the Majestic Theatre before making a joke to let fans take photos.

The interior of the theater glittered with flashes.

It was a sly, self-aware move -- intended to keep his performance from being interrupted by flashes -- as well as an unspoken nod to the fact that, well, he's somebody now.

The sellout crowd would be another clue that the South Carolina native has come a long way from cutting his teeth with the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Ansari, 27, moved smoothly from self-deprecation about the single life to deadpan dissection of racial slurs (he is Indian-American, which sort of defused the subject matter even as it added something of an edge).

Infatuated with the rhythm of language and adept at mixing high culture and low, he gave a confident, colossally funny show that only confirmed his deserved status as a breakout comic.

Preston Jones is the Star-Telegram pop music critic. 817-390-7713

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