4. Racism ("Intimate Moments From a Sensual Evening')
"The government's, like, 'Oh yeah, you can come to the United States, but you've got to go to Alabama.' It's kind of like a girl going, 'Yeah, you can see me naked, but you can only look at my left elbow. And my left elbow is racist.'"
While some of Ansari's popular early material relied on pop-culture figures and emphatic declarations, many of his quieter, thoughtful moments display a broad range of interests and a keen comic intelligence. In this bit from Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, he talks about an acquaintance who emigrated to the States on the condition that he practice medicine in a less-than-desirable location. As is often the case, the comedian acknowledges racist tendencies in the States, his own heritage and the challenges presented to immigrants in his stand-up, but he refuses to let this perspective define him in the eyes of the audience.