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Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari takes Road to Nowhere Tour to Sands Bethlehem Event Center on July 5

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From a press release:

Award-winning comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer Aziz Ansari has several sold-out shows coming up, including one at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on his Road to Nowhere Tour.

It was announced today that he has added a new Pennsylvania stop to that international tour at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $49, $59, and $79, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. A pre-sale for members of the venue’s Music Insiders Club will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, May 30 at 10 p.m.

Known for his stand-up and sketch comedy as well as his role on the hit NBC television series “Parks and Recreation” and his own Netflix series, “Master of None,” Ansari is actively returning to stand-up this year after being accused of sexual misconduct in an article published in early 2018. The story was met with a polarized response among commentators and the public with disagreement as to whether or not the incident described in the article constituted sexual misconduct.

The 36-year-old comic has been candidly addressing the incident at recent live shows, so expect him to do the same in Bethlehem. With sold-out appearances all over the world, it seems he still has a good portion of his fans.

Ansari stars in, writes, and directs “Master of None,” a Netflix original comedy series that he co-created with Alan Yang (“Parks and Recreation”). With two seasons and the possibility for more, he won the 2016 and 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and has received five additional nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2016 and 2017), Outstanding Comedy Series (2016 and 2017), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (2016). He won the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy, and the show was nominated in 2016 and 2017 for Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy. The show was additionally nominated for a 2017 WGA Award for Writing for a comedy Series”and a 2017 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Ansari was nominated for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

He was also honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy (2017), a SAG nomination in 2017 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, and the 2017 WGAW Evan Somers Award for outstanding writing featuring characters with disabilities for the “Master of None” episode “New York, I Love You.”

Ansari received his first DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2017 for “The Thief” and his first PGA Award – the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy: “Master of None” (Season 2). The show was one of AFI’s “Top Television Programs of the Year” in 2015 and 2017. Additionally, it received a 2016 and 2017 Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

“Master of None” won the 2015 Peabody Award and the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Series and was nominated for three Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding New Program, and Individual Achievement in Comedy; four NAACP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series”(2016 and 2017), and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series; and two GLAAD nominations for Outstanding Individual Episode for “Thanksgiving” (2017) and Outstanding Comedy Series (2016).

In 2015, Ansari became one of the only headlining comedians ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York City. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden,” which was released on Netflix in March of 2015.

In 2013, his hour-long stand-up special “Buried Alive” premiered on Netflix to rave reviews. His other comedy specials include “Dangerously Delicious” and “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.” He continues to perform stand-up for tens of thousands of people all around the world.

On television, Aziz co-starred opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved NBC series “Parks and Recreation” for the show’s entire seven-season run. His portrayal of government employee Tom Haverford earned him critical praise as one of the show’s breakout stars and garnered him nominations for an American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actor – TV and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014.

“Parks and Recreation” was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 2014 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2011, 2014, and 2015. The show was honored with a Peabody Award in 2012, was one of AFI’s “Top Television Programs of the Year” in 2011, and won an American Comedy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2014. The show was also nominated for TCA Awards for Program of the Year in 2011 and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

In 2015, Ansari released “Modern Romance,” a book that focuses on modern dating and how the basic issues facing a single person – whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next – have been radically altered by new technologies. “Modern Romance” debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times Bestseller list. On the big screen, Aziz has appeared in popular movies like “This Is the End,” “Funny People,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “I Love You, Man,” and “Observe and Report.”

In addition to his work as a writer and performer, Ansari has lent his voice to animated projects in both film and television: the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers” as Deryl and in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated features “Epic” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which grossed $268 million and $877 million worldwide, respectively.

For his career in comedy, Ansari received Variety’s Power of Comedy Award in 2014. He got his start in entertainment performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and with the sketch comedy group Human Giant, which became a show on MTV that ran for two seasons.