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Aziz Ansari releases comedy special online for $5, continues path pioneered by Louis C.K.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Aziz Ansari is bringing his new standup special straight to his fans. The "Parks and Recreation" star is bypassing cable networks to release his latest comedy special on his website.
The comedian says his "Dangerously Delicious" standup special will be available online worldwide for $5 beginning Tuesday. Fans can download or stream the 60-minute show without commercials or restrictions.
Ansari said he was inspired by the popularity of his comedy clips on YouTube and by the success of fellow comic Louis C.K., who sold his "Live at the Beacon Theater" online in December and brought in more than $1 million.
Ansari has promoted his appearances to his 1.7 million followers on Twitter and plans to use the site to spread the word about his new special.