Half of Aziz Ansari’s humor for me is a result of his delivery. How else would I continue to laugh at the conceited things that come out of Tom Haverford’s mouth on Parks and Recreation? Okay, so the writing is also funny, but Aziz’s delivery definitely doesn’t hurt. That’s why I laughed at the stories he told on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. It also helped that his stories were so relatable.
Aziz started talking about the material he’s been working on for his new stand-up special. He says a lot of it is about how technology has changed a lot of our romantic interactions. And it turns out he doesn’t mean people marrying cyborgs, which I just assumed. I guess we’re still a few years away from that. No, Aziz means texting. That modern technology that can be very convenient and fun when you’re not overanalyzing every ellipsis and or tearing your hair out over someone taking longer than thirty seconds to reply. Take for instance, as Aziz says, having a conversation with someone who likes you, but you don’t like them back. Before, you’d have to see them in person and have to respond. But now, you can just pretend to be busy.
That’s all true and funny, but the example that really got me is when Aziz explains actually rejecting someone through text. He explains that a girl once gave him a hypothetical answer to an unwanted date invite, but it wouldn’t exactly sound great in a text message. And what I love about this is that it’s also so true for other situations besides dating. Whenever people give hypothetical answers to how they’d respond in a certain situation, it always sounds so straightforward and mature, but when you actually say that in a real-life scene (and especially if you write it in a text) it sounds terrible. Honesty seems so refreshing and respectful in theory, but then when you actually use it, it can sound so insensitive. Which is why we’re a culture of liars.
Don’t miss Aziz’s final comments on the silent treatment through text. It’s funny because it’s true. And because Aziz Ansari is funny.