Funnyman and "Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari opens up about his meteoric rise from New York University stand-up comedian to Hollywood A-lister.
Join us for a night of laughs as he delves deep into conversation about his new Netflix comedy special "Buried Alive."
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Aziz Ansari is one of the biggest stars in the comedy world. Rolling Stone put him on the cover of their special comedy issue labeling him “the funniest man under 30” and The Hollywood Reporter said that he “has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years.”
Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series "Parks and Recreation," which recently began production on its sixth season. Ansari’s portrayal of government employee ‘Tom Haverford’ has earned critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of their “Breakout TV Stars,” TV Guide naming him a “Scene Stealer” and People Magazine naming him 2011’s “Funniest Dude in Prime Time.” Ansari also had the much buzzed about gig as host of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
Ansari has also kept busy in the film world. His voice was featured in the Twentieth Century Fox animated hit film Epic, and he appeared in This Is The End opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco. He was previously seen starring in the action comedy 30 Minutes or Less opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride and Universal’s Funny People. Additional film credits include Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Ansari's stand up work has been unparalleled over the past few years. His second hour-long stand-up special “Dangerously Delicious” was self-released online through AzizAnsari.com for $5. In 2010, he had an hour-long standup special on Comedy Central titled “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.” The special and subsequent DVD/CD were both extremely successful and both albums continue to be a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy best-seller list.
Brian Stelter is a media reporter for The New York Times. He covers television and digital media for the Business and Arts sections of the newspaper. In 2013 he published The New York Times best-selling book Top of the Morning, about the morning television rivalry between the “Today” show and “Good Morning America."
In January 2004 Stelter created TVNewser, a blog covering the television news industry. At the time, he was a freshman at Towson University. He sold TVNewser to Mediabistro.com six months later and continued to run it until May 2007, when he graduated from Towson with a degree in mass communication with a concentration in journalism. He joined The Times two months later.
Stelter was featured in the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times. He appears regularly on television and radio to talk about media issues. He also moderates panels at conferences and speaks on college campuses. He lives in the West Village of Manhattan with his girlfriend Jamie Shupak, the morning traffic anchor on NY1, the all-news cable channel in New York City. On Jamie’s food blog TV Dinner, he’s “B.”
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