Aziz Ansari has moved to the top of the comedy game at a relatively young age — at 32 he's already filmed four stand-up specials (the last two exclusively for Netflix), played a fan-favorite character on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and acted along several comedy greats in films like Funny People, This is the End and I Love You, Man. Now he's going on tour to promote Modern Romance, his new book on the state of relationships and dating today.
Ansari's stand-up acts often circle around this exact topic — he's even known for involving audience members by reading their texts from a new love interest out loud on stage. His main concern is how technology is changing our quests for love, noting that single people today have more romantic options than ever before with all the versatility texting and dating apps provide. However, if the ability to connect with people is now "easier" than it's ever been, why are so many people so frustrated?
Luckily Ansari has teamed up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to answer that very question, and the book's June 16 release will also kick off his tour through 10 U.S. cities including New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's not clear whether he'll be doing stand-up at each spot, but the guy's a comedian by nature, so if you show up, you'll probably laugh regardless.
So why not exit Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, Happn, Bumble, The League, The Grade, JDate, ChristianMingle or whatever it is you're mostly swiping left on and go listen about relationships in person from Ansari? You might learn a thing or two.