The 36-year-old was met with cheers and applause before he transitioned from the "intense" portion of the show.
The special, directed by Oscar winner Spike Jonze, was filmed during a tour stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this year. It also touches on racism, being "fake woke," marginalized groups, his new girlfriend, parents, Alzheimer's disease and, most notably, digging up questionable tweets and content that, if viewed by "2019 standards," could torpedo a movie, TV show or career.
On that note, he brought up other icons who have fallen from grace, devoting long sections to the incendiary post-#MeToo documentaries about Michael Jackson and R&B star R. Kelly.
The Emmy Award winner joked about the aftermath of the docuseries "Leaving Neverland" and "Surviving R. Kelly" and acknowledged a lengthy bit he previously did on Kelly. That ultimately steered his Netflix routine into a section on fans' strained relationships with disgraced entertainers.
Maybe he didn't realize, to some, he might still be one of them?
Closing the set, Ansari launched into another hushed monologue -- a seemingly genuine speech thanking the audience for coming out to support him.
"I'm glad you all came out tonight. I really mean that. I really am very grateful you came, you know? 'Cause, you know, I've done a lot of shows in my career. At the end of the shows, I'd always go, 'Good night. Thank you very much!' But the truth is, I never really meant it....
"I wasn't grateful enough. I didn't really think about what it means that all you guys came out. But now when I see you guys here, it hits me in a different way. I think about what it means that all you guys, you drove down here, you waited in line, and you did all of this stuff just to hear me talk into a microphone for like an hour or so.
"It means the world to me because I saw the world where I don't ever get to do this again. And it almost felt like I died. And in a way, I did. That old Aziz ... is dead. But I'm glad ... I don't think that way anymore because I realized it's all ephemeral. All that stuff can just go away like this 1/8snaps fingers3/8. And all we really have is the moment we're in and the people we're with."
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