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Aziz Ansari is American actor and comedian known for his portrayal of the character Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation.
Ansari started his comedy career by performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In 2005, Ansari collaborated with comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer to form the comedy group Human Giant. The first series was titled “Shutterbugs,” in which they played the roles of child talent agents (shown below, left). This was followed by a series titled “The Illusionators” mocking television magicians like Criss Angel (shown below, right).
In June 2008, Ansari was cast as the character Tom Haverford in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, running for a total of six seasons with 112 episodes as of August 2014. Ansari has appeared in other television shows including Flight of the Conchords and Scrubs, and in the films Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, 30 Minutes or Less, Observe and Report, Funny People and This is the End. Ansari has released his stand-up comedy sets “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”, “Dangerously Delicious” and “Buried Alive.”
In May 2007, the @azizansari Twitter feed was launched, which gained over 3.97 million followers over the first eight years. On January 1st, 2008, Ansari created the “Aziz is Bored” Tumblr blog. On April 8th, Ansari launched a Facebook page, which gathered upwards of 530,000 likes in the next seven years. In March 2012, Ansari released the comedy special Dangerously Delicious on AzizAnsari.com, with streaming provided by the video service VHX. On May 1st, Ansari pranked host Anderson Cooper on the talk show Anderson Live by having a look-a-like impersonate him (shown below).
Participation on Reddit
On October 12th, 2011, Ansari submitted an “ask me anything” (AMA) post to the /r/IAmA subreddit, in which he answered questions about his career, the entertainment industry and his role on Parks and Recreation. Ansari went on to do several more AMAs, including one on March 21st, 2012, September 20th, 2012 and November 1st, 2013. On August 6th, 2014, Ansari submitted a post to the /r/modernromantics subreddit asking Redditors to discuss their experiences in “open relationships.”
Rap Album Photoshops
On August 1st, 2012, the Emceez Ansari Tumblr blog was launched, which highlights photoshopped rap album covers with Ansari’s face superimposed on the front (shown below). On July 15th, 2013, Redditor SharmanderXII submitted a gallery of the photoshops to the /r/pics subreddit, where they gained over 3,100 votes (95% upvoted) prior to being archived.
In 2005, Rolling Stone placed Ansari in their annual “Hot List” in the “Hot Standup” category. In 2006, he won HBO’s Jury Award for “Best Standup” at the Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. After the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Ansari performed at a benefit for victims with proceeds going to The One Fund & The Officer Richard Donohue Fund.
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina on February 23rd, 1983.