Aziz Ansari is standing up to cable by bringing his latest standup special directly to his fans. In lieu of shopping his comedy routine out to cable networks, the Parks and Recreation actor has opted to release his special Dangerously Delicious directly on his website. Beginning today, fans can download or stream the hour-long routine for just $5. “Uncut, uncensored, with no ads and no bleeps,” promises Ansari. “Normally a special like this would cost $20 to get on DVD.” Well, he has a point. Watch the rather NSFW preview below.
Though innovative, Ansari’s venture follows in the footsteps of fellow funnyman Louis C.K., who implemented the same tactic last December by streaming his special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater for the same price. According to The Washington Post, C.K.’s special went on to bank more than $1 million in its first two weeks, which no doubt influenced Ansari’s decision to take the online route.
What are your thoughts on Ansari’s online onslaught, PopWatchers? Are you inclined to shell out a fiver to watch the comedian saunter across your computer screen?