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Aziz Ansari to perform two shows at Wealthy Theatre Sept. 5

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Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") will perform two standup-comedy shows at Wealthy Theatre on Sept. 5, and tickets go on sale at Noon on Monday, Aug. 19 on the Wealthy Theatre website.

Online ticket sales start at Noon (Monday)

Online ticket sales start at Noon, on Monday. Click here to get tickets online.

The Wealthy Theatre Box Office opens at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Before 4 p.m. on Monday, you can buy tickets online, starting at 12 p.m. (Noon).

Wealthy Theatre features paperless ticketing, so you'll receive an email confirmation - and then just bring your Driver's License to the show, and you'll get in fast!

Aziz Ansari is coming "home" to Grand Rapids on Sept. 5, performing two standup comedy shows at Community Media Center's Wealthy Theatre (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)

Online-only tickets are available at Noon on Monday, Aug. 19. From Noon-4 p.m. on Monday, buying tickets online is the only way to get seats before the Box Office opens at 4 p.m. Monday (phone 459-4788 x130 or stop by: 1130 Wealthy St.).

Tickets are $30 online, in person or by telephone. There are no extra fees or costs.

Ansari is known for his charater on the NBC series "Parks and Recreation,"  but his Grand Rapids connection is the movie "30 Minutes or Less," which filmed in the city several years ago.

"Wealthy Theatre's Koning Micro-Cinema served as a late-night projection space for the movie's Director to check 'dailies,' on a big screen, in order to verify the day's shoot was successful," says Erin Wilson, Director of Wealthy Theatre. "At the time it was a sort of 'black op,' because the producers were coming in very late at night, and the footage was raw. But we were privileged to be trusted with this service, and we're especially excited to come full circle and feature the movie's star on our stage."

Ansari co-stars opposite of Amy Poehler in the Emmy nominated NBC series, "Parks and Recreation," which is currently in its fifth season. The series received its first Emmy nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Comedy Series. Ansari's portrayal of government employee Tom Haverford, has earned him much critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of their "Breakout TV Stars," TV Guide naming him a "Scene Stealer" and Yahoo! TV placing him in the number one spot on their list of "TV MVPS: The Most Valuable Performers of the Fall Season." People Magazine named him 2011's "Funniest Dude in Prime Time."

Wilson says Ansari usually plays much larger venues, hence the second show.

"But it's the patrons who are the winners," Wilson says, "because it's not often that you get to see someone of this stature at such an intimate space, with no seats farther than 50 feet from the stage."

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