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Comedian and SC native Aziz Ansari coming to Charleston on 'Last Minute Tour'


Aziz Ansari will stop in Charleston for a stand-up set this month. Chris Pizzello/AP

The night before New Year's Eve, comedian, actor, writer and director Aziz Ansari will perform in Charleston. 

Ansari, who is a South Carolina native, will stop at the Gaillard Center for his "Last Minute Tour" at 7 p.m. Dec. 30. 

The son of immigrants who moved from India to Bennettsville is also an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, "Parks and Recreation" star and the mind behind Netflix series "Master of None." 

Ansari's stand-up routines have sometimes mentioned his roots in South Carolina. 

“I’m from South Carolina,” Ansari has told audiences. “And whenever I tell people that, they’re always like, ‘Oh no, but it’s so racist there, and your skin is brown. How did you survive?’ … but what the people forget is that the food there is delicious.”

Ansari was also caught up in the #MeToo movement after sexual misconduct allegations against him arose in 2018. In response, Ansari issued an apology for misreading what he claimed was a consensual experience.

“I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture,” Ansari responded in an official statement at that time. “It is necessary and long overdue.”

Ansari returned to the stand-up stage later that year and has since released Netflix standup special "Aziz Ansari: Right Now," in which he addressed the sexual misconduct controversy, along with his relationship with his family and his thoughts on White people trying to appear anti-racist. 

He performed a phone-free experience stand-up set in Charleston in September 2018, and this upcoming performance will follow suit with the same no-phone rules. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours will also be required for entry. 

Tickets to the Ansari stand-up show at the Gaillard go on sale at noon Dec. 17 at Gaillard Center members will receive presale access. 

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.