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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is having a breakout year with a new television series, a trio of films and a comedy tour, which he recently headlined. Entertainment Weekly recently named him one of the top-12 future stars of comedy and LA Weekly recently put him on the cover of its annual People Issue. Ansari currently co-stars opposite Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, from the producers and creators of The Office. Ansari plays Tom Haverford, the sarcastic and occasionally sleazy government employee who is trying to weasel his way to the top of the local parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana.

Ansari can also be seen in a handful of feature films. He recently had roles in the hit comedies I Love You, Man, with Paul Rudd, and opposite Seth Rogen and Anna Faris in Observe and Report.

Previously, Ansari was known for his role on MTV's hit sketch-comedy series Human Giant. The series is based on comedy sketches performed by Ansari along with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. Many of their sketches have become Internet sensations and have popularized the trio with young people all across the U.S. Last year, Ansari had a very memorable guest-starring role on HBO's The Flight of the Conchords, in which he portrayed a racist fruit vendor. This year, he was seen in a multi-episode arc on Scrubs.

Ansari recently completed his Glow in the Dark stand-up comedy tour, for which he crisscrossed the country, performing his buzzed-about stand-up act. He continues to do shows in L.A. and New York whenever he has time, often introducing to his audiences the character Randy, which is based upon his profane character in Funny People. In 2005, Rolling Stone named him its choice for Hot Stand-Up on their annual Hot List, and he was also awarded the Jury Award for Best Stand-Up at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2006. In addition, the Los Angeles Times recently listed him as one of the top-25 people to follow on Twitter.

Ansari currently resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Aziz Ansari Facts

BirthdayFebruary 23, 1983 (39)
BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA
Social Media azizansari

Selected Filmography

Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series
I Love You, Man
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The Rocker
30 Minutes Or Less
Raaaaaaaandy Declares War on Justin Bieber
Get Him to the Greek
Epic Extended Preview
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