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Aziz Ansari draws upon adulthood for routine, plays DAR

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

To find material for his latest tour, comedian Aziz Ansari didn't have to look far.

Drawing upon the life changes he's witnessed his friends going through as they progress into their 30s, Ansari penned "Buried Alive."

"Just whatever is going on in my life, whatever is in my head," Ansari said by phone from New York earlier this week. "The 'Buried Alive' show was kind of inspired by hitting the age of 30 and seeing friends getting married and having babies and kind of writing from the perspective of someone who's not ready for that yet. I couldn't imagine having a baby right now or getting married or anything like that."

"It seemed to resonate with people, both people that felt the way I did and people that did have babies and get married," he added.

If you go
Aziz Ansari
» Where: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW
» When: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
» Info: $33 to $43; Friday's two performances and Saturday's 7 p.m. performance are sold out, but tickets may still be available through resellers; 202-628-4780; dar.org/conthall

Ansari brings his "Buried Alive" tour to DAR Constitution Hall for four performances Friday and Saturday.

This is a continuation of a tour he started last year but had to put on hold to film "Parks and Recreation." Ansari plays the role of Tom Haverford on the popular NBC sitcom.

Ansari has filmed a pair of standup specials, "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening" in 2010 and last year's "Dangerously Delicious." The latter he initially released as a $5 download on his own website, eschewing traditional forms of distribution. Ansari cited comedian Louis C.K., who released material on his site for a nominal fee a few years ago with great success.

"It was very clear that if you released it through your own website and had a big enough following, you didn't necessarily need to go through iTunes or whatever," Ansari said. "After he took that risk, it was like, well, that works."

"Dangerously Delicious" did make it to outlets such as cable and Netflix, but Ansari is considering releasing "Buried Alive" on his site as well.

"It was risky for Louis," Ansari said. "He was the first person to do it. Once he did, it kind of took the risk away for me. I felt confident that people who were fans of me would act in a similar way they did when he did it."

Ansari finds time to write material while filming "Parks and Rec" and might have a new live show ready later this year. In addition to continuing his work on TV, he has a couple of feature film projects in the works, but nothing imminent.

Not bad for someone who turned 30 last month.

"I feel like I've earned my 30 years," Ansari said. " I feel wiser than I did a couple of years ago, which is good, I guess."

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