Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
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Ansari at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Born (1983-02-23) February 23, 1983 (age 34)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, books
Alma mater New York University
Years active 2004-present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, surreal humor, satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, American culture, popular culture, human interaction, human behavior, self-deprecation
Notable works and roles Randy Springs in Funny People
Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation
Chet in 30 Minutes or Less
Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening
Dev in Master of None
Mub in Epic
Website azizansari.com

Aziz Ansari (born February 23, 1983) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker. He is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC series Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) and as creator, writer and star of the Netflix series Master of None, which debuted in 2015. Ansari and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2016, and the pair were also awarded a Peabody Award in 2016 for the series. The second season of Master of None was released in May 2017 to further critical success.

Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in mid-2000 while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant, which ran for two seasons. This led to acting roles in feature films, including Funny People, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report and 30 Minutes or Less.

As a stand-up comedian, Ansari released his debut CD/DVD, Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, in January 2010 on Comedy Central Records, and tours nationally between acting commitments. In 2010 and 2011, he performed his Dangerously Delicious tour, which was self-released for download on his website in March 2012 and debuted on Comedy Central in May 2012. He completed his third major tour, Buried Alive, in the summer of 2013. His fourth comedy special, Live at Madison Square Garden, was released on Netflix in 2015.

His first book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, was released in June 2015.

Early life

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to a Tamil Muslim family from Tamil Nadu, India.[1][2][3] Ansari grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina,[4] where he attended Marlboro Academy as well as the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.[5] He graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business with a major in marketing.[1][6] His mother, Fatima, works in a medical office, and his father, Shoukath, is a gastroenterologist.[7][6] Both Fatima and Shoukath have appeared in seasons 1 and 2 of Master of None.

Career

Early career

Ansari frequently performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, as well as weekly shows such as Invite Them Up. In 2005, Rolling Stone included him in their annual "Hot List" as their choice for the "Hot Standup",[8] and he won the Jury Award for "Best Standup" at HBO's 2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.[9][10]

Human Giant

From left to right, Human Giants Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Jason Woliner, and Paul Scheer in May 2007

Around the summer of 2005, Ansari began collaborating with fellow comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer (both from the improv troupe Respecto Montalban), as well as director Jason Woliner to make short films. The first series created by the group was Shutterbugs, which followed Huebel and Ansari as cutthroat child talent agents. This was followed up by the Illusionators, which starred Ansari and Scheer as Criss Angel-style goth magicians. In mid-2006, MTV greenlit a sketch series from the group, which debuted April 5, 2007. The show completed two seasons and the group was offered a third season, but it opted to pursue other opportunities.

Parks and Recreation

In June 2008, Ansari was announced as the first cast hire for NBC's new comedy from producers of The Office.[11] The show, Parks and Recreation, debuted in April 2009 with Ansari portraying government employee Tom Haverford. His character was an underachieving government official with extreme self-confidence and dreams of being successful. He was a main character of the show for its entirety of seven seasons. Ansari's performance has received notable praise from critics, including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of 2009's "Breakout TV Stars", TV Guide naming him a "Scene Stealer" and Yahoo! TV placing him in the No. 1 spot on its list of "TV MVPS".[12]

Master of None

Ansari stars as Dev Shah in the Netflix original series Master of None, created and written by himself and Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. Aziz directed several episodes of the series. The 10-episode series premiered on November 6, 2015, to very positive reviews.[13][14]James Poniewozik of The New York Times called the show "the year's best comedy straight out of the gate" and praised its genre-crossing appeal.[15]

Ansari's performance in the show earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy.[16] The series earned four Emmy nominations in 2016: Outstanding Comedy Series,[17]Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Ansari and Yang, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Ansari; Yang and Ansari won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode "Parents."[18] Yang and Ansari were also honored with a Peabody Award in May 2016 for the series.[19][20]

The show was renewed for a second season,[21] which was released on May 12, 2017.[22] The second season has also received strong reviews and has a 100% "Certified Fresh" ranking on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[23]

MTV Movie Awards

On June 6, 2010, Ansari hosted the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. The show opened with a spoof of the film Precious with Ansari appearing as Aziz "Precious" Ansari. Ansari also created the short film Stunt Kidz, which reunited him with his Human Giant castmates. A second short film was also made with actor Zach Galifianakis in which Ansari portrayed Taavon, Galifianakis' "swagger coach". He accepted Galifianakis' award for Best Comedic Performance in character as Taavon. Ansari also performed a musical tribute to the film Avatar in the style of singer R. Kelly.

Other notable television work

Aziz Ansari at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012

In addition to his work on Parks and Recreation, Ansari appeared on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords[11] as a xenophobic fruit vendor who had difficulty telling the difference between Australians and New Zealanders. He had a recurring role in season eight of the ABC sitcom Scrubs as Ed, a new intern at the hospital. Ansari's character was written off the show so he could work on Parks and Recreation. Ansari also has a recurring role on the animated comedy Bob's Burgers as Darryl.

In August 2011, Ansari made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West from their collaborative album, Watch the Throne.

Film career

Ansari has made appearances in several films, including Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, 30 Minutes or Less, and Observe and Report. In the summer of 2009, Ansari appeared in the Judd Apatow film Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Apatow liked Ansari's character, "Randy", and commissioned him and Human Giant collaborator Jason Woliner to create online shorts centered around his character, to promote the film. These shorts proved successful and the character became the subject of one of the film ideas Ansari and Woliner are currently developing for Apatow Productions. Two other ideas in development are Let's Do This, a road movie about two motivational speakers, and an untitled film about two disgraced astronauts who must return to space to clear their names.[24] Ansari is also attached to star in another film with Danny McBride based on an idea from Ansari and 30 Rock writer Matt Hubbard.[25] In April 2010, it was announced that Ansari would star in the film 30 Minutes or Less. The film was directed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and co-starred Jesse Eisenberg and McBride. The film was released on August 12, 2011.

Stand-up comedy

Aziz Ansari at the 2012 Great GoogaMooga Festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Even amongst various acting commitments, Ansari has continued performing and touring as a stand-up comedian. In 2006 and 2007, he toured with the Comedians of Comedy and Flight of the Conchords. In the fall of 2008 and early 2009, Ansari headlined his own comedy tour, the Glow in the Dark Tour. The material on this tour became the basis for a DVD/CD special for Comedy Central. The set, titled Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, aired January 17, 2010, with a CD/LP/DVD release on January 19.[26]

Ansari's comedy style tends to focus on aspects of his personal life. "I like talking about things that are going on in my life, because that's always going to be different and original", he says. "No one else is gonna be talking about my personal experiences".[27]

In July 2010, Ansari began a new tour, Dangerously Delicious, which was in theaters across the United States; stops included the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The tour wrapped with a filming for a special, Dangerously Delicious at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., in June 2011. This special was released on his website in March 2012 for download or stream.[28]

In March 2012, Ansari announced a new tour entitled "Buried Alive," with dates scheduled for spring and summer 2012.[28] A third stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive, was filmed during the tour at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and premiered on Netflix on November 1, 2013.[29] His 2015 special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, also premiered on Netflix.

Writing

Ansari's first book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, was released on June 16, 2015. The book is about the comedic pitfalls of dating in the modern world and was written with sociologist Eric Klinenberg.[30]

Charity work

In 2012, Ansari played a talking goat in an animated video for Oxfam America to encourage donations.[31]

Following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, Ansari performed a benefit for the victims at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. All ticket proceeds benefited The One Fund & The Officer Richard Donohue Fund.[32]

Personal life

Ansari described himself as "not religious" on Twitter.[33] Several sources have described Ansari as an atheist.[1][2][3] He was raised as a Muslim by his parents.[34]

In 2014, Ansari was in a relationship with professional chef Courtney McBroom.[35][36] He has self-identified as a feminist, saying his girlfriend has helped influence him.[37] In January 2016, it was reported Ansari and McBroom ended their relationship after two years of dating.[38]

Ansari is a "foodie"; he and his friends Eric Wareheim and Jason Woliner have formed what they called "The Food Club", which involves them dressing up in suits and captain hats and rewarding restaurants with "Food Club" plaques. The plaques have their faces engraved along with the words: "The Food Club has dined here and deemed it plaque-worthy". He explained to Vanity Fair, "It's a really serious-looking plaque and all of the restaurants we've given it to have put it front and center. It's funny because people will walk into a restaurant and be like, 'What the fuck is the Food Club? Who are these guys etched in gold?'"[39] They also produced a tongue-in-cheek video about the club for Jash, filming them debating whether or not restaurants were plaque-worthy.[40]

Ansari was a close friend of comedian Harris Wittels, working with him frequently.[41][42]

Aziz has a brother named Aniz Adam Ansari,[43] who co-wrote one of the episodes in Master of None.[44][45]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 School for Scoundrels Classmate
2008 The Rocker Aziz
2009 Funny People Randy Springs
Observe and Report Saddamn
I Love You, Man Eugene
2010 Get Him to the Greek Matty Briggs
2011 30 Minutes or Less Chet
What's Your Number? Jay
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Squint Voice
Cruel Summer Short
2013 Epic Mub Voice
This Is the End Aziz Ansari
2014 Date and Switch Marcus
Food Club Captain Ansari Short

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Uncle Morty's Dub Shack MC Bricklayer Episode: "Didja Listen to My Demo?"
2007 Flight of the Conchords Sinjay Episode "Drive By"
2007-08 Human Giant Various roles 14 episodes
Also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2008 Worst Week Morgue employee Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Reno 911! Insurance representative 3 episodes
2009 Scrubs Ed Dhandapani 4 episodes
2009-15 Parks and Recreation Tom Haverford 121 episodes
2010 Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening Himself TV special
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Gabe Episode: "Nagging Blonde/Tim & the Elephant"
2012 Dangerously Delicious Himself TV special
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: The Toucher Episode: "Prairie Dog Companion"
2012-2016 Bob's Burgers Darryl Voice
7 episodes
2013 The Venture Bros. Martin Voice
Episode: "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Aziz Ansari Wears A Charcoal Blazer"
2013 The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Roaster (himself) TV special
2013 The Getaway Host Episode: "Aziz Ansari in Hong Kong"
2013 Buried Alive Himself TV special
2013 Wander Over Yonder Westley Voice
Episode: "The Little Guy"
2013 Arcade Fire in Here Comes The Night Time Li'l Bud TV special
2013-14 Ben 10: Omniverse Billy Billions Voice
2 episodes
2013-15 The League Dr. Hector Rocha 2 episodes
2013-15 Adventure Time DMO Voice
3 episodes
2015 Kroll Show Sly Dufrense Episode: "Body Bouncers"
2015 Major Lazer Goosh Voice
Episode: "I'm Gonna Git You Suckoid"
2015 Live at Madison Square Garden Himself TV special
2015-17 Master of None Dev Shah 20 episodes
Also co-creator, executive producer, writer, director
2016 Animals. Charles Voice
Episode: "Dogs."
2017 Saturday Night Live Himself/Host Episode: "Aziz Ansari/Big Sean"

Music videos

Year Artist Song Role
2011 Jay-Z and Kanye West "Otis" Himself[46]

Written works

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Acting Ensemble I Love You, Man Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated
2012 Poppy Awards Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Parks and Recreation Nominated
2013 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2014 American Comedy Award Best Comedy Supporting Actor - TV[47] Nominated
Comedy Special of the Year[48] Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive Nominated
BTVA Voice Acting Award Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year Nominated
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role Epic Nominated
Young Hollywood Award Cuz You're Funny[49] Nominated
Variety Power of Comedy Award[50] Won
2016 Golden Globe Award Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy[16] Master of None Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series[51] Nominated
Best Comedy Series[51] Won
Dorian Award TV Comedy of the Year Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Best Comedy Series Nominated
Best Comedy Lead Actor Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Peabody Award[52][20] Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series[53] Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series[53] Won
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series[53] Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Outstanding New Program Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Series Actor[54] Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series[53] Won
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated

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