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Sweet Recap: Questlove, Aziz Ansari, and Neal Brennan Bring It
Anything can happen Tuesday nights in the dungeon of Ella, current home to Seth Herzog’s weekly comedy show, Sweet. Unpredictable moments like having Questlove help connect a girl with her missing wallet or seeing surprise guest Aziz Ansari command the tiny room.
Herzog was on a mission from the get-go. He had found a girl’s wallet on the 1 train the day before and tried to contact its owner. To no avail – no Facebook, Twitter, listed phone, etc. So during the opening bit, with comedian Eric Andre as sidekick, he challenged anyone in the room to find the person by the end of the show. Founding Roots drummer (and man-about-town), Questlove, took it upon himself to tweet his followers (“it was re-tweeted 3k times”).
Meanwhile the acts did their comedic routines, all hilarious, with occasional interruptions about the whereabouts of the mysterious girl. Apparently some random Twitter follower knew her brother. Though, it hasn’t been claimed yet.
Anyway, Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan spoke on the finer points of race, dating, and sex; College Humor writer Streeter Seidell had some insights about the side-effects of McDonald’s; up-and-comer Kevin Barnett explained how racism starts; and Aziz Ansari tested a bunch of new material – mainly about relationships and online dating – ahead of his upcoming national tour.
Aziz was hysterical (natch) but his calling out a fan for excessive photography was classic. “Enjoy life through the eyes and mind,” he said in response to the constant barrage.
Rather than the usual “What’s on My Mom’s Mind” segment, Seth’s mom instead participated in a freestyle “rap-off” with Kevin Barnett and a fan named Rachel on the beatbox. The moment capped yet another epic Lower East Side showcase.