Aziz Ansari is an Indian-American actor and a stand-up comedian. He is the first Indian American actor to win the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a TV show. He is known for starring in the Netflix series, ‘Master of None’ and also as one of its creators.
Aziz Ansari was born on Wednesday, 23 February 1983 (age 40 years; as of 2023), in Columbia, South Carolina. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He completed his schooling at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM), in Hartsville, South Carolina. In 2004, he attained a Bachelor of Business degree with specialisation in marketing from the New York University Stern School of Business.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 65kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Aziz Ansari’s father, Shoukath, is a gastroenterologist. His mother, Fatima, is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. His parents are immigrants from Tamil Nadu, India.
He has a younger brother, Aniz Adam Ansari who is a writer and co-wrote an episode of Master of None with his brother.
Wife & Children
On 16 June 2022, Aziz Ansari married Serena Skov Campbell in Tuscany, Italy. They met in 2018 and dated for four years before they got married. Serena Skov Campbell is a senior associate in the investigative analytics forensics department at PwC in London.
Aziz Ansari was in a relationship with Courtney McBroom, a pastry chef at the Momofuku Milk Bar in LA. They dated for two years but split up in 2016 because Aziz couldn’t spend enough time with her due to his busy schedule.
Aziz Ansari was raised as a Muslim but does not follow any particular religion.
To be clear, I am not religious and have nothing against Christians or Muslims, just ignorance like what @rupertmurdoch is spreading.
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
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During airport delays, I now randomly sign copies of my book: pic.twitter.com/741eZfTgOL
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) July 13, 2015
Aziz Ansari first starred in a film, School for Scoundrels in 2006 where he played the role of a classmate. In 2008, he played the character of Randy in the film ‘Funny People’. His character as Randy became the subject of one of the film ideas Ansari and Jason Woliner were to develop for Apatow Productions.
He has made appearances in various other films such as, Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, 30 Minutes or Less, This Is the End, and Observe and Report. In 2017, he starred in a documentary titled ‘The Problem with Apu’.
Ansari began performing comedy in 2000, while he was a student at NYU Stern. In 2006 and 2007, he had the opportunity to tour with the “Comedians of Comedy”, a stand-up comedy tour featuring comedians who document their tour in the form of a film or television series, and the “Flight of the Conchords”, a musical comedy duo from New Zealand. In 2009, he went on his own comedy tour, the ‘Glow in the Dark” Tour. On 17 January 2010, Comedy Central aired Ansari’s stand-up special titled, ‘Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening’ and it became a DVD/CD special for Comedy Central. In July 2010, Ansari went on a tour titled ‘Dangerously Delicious’. During this tour, he performed at various theatres, music festivals, and concerts across the United States. In 2011, he wrapped his tour by filming for a special at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., which was released in 2012, exclusively on his website. In March 2012, Ansari went on a new tour titled ‘Buried Alive’. During the tour, he shot his third special, ‘Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive’, at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On 1 November 2013, it premiered on Netflix. His 2015 special, ‘Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden’, also premiered on Netflix. In May 2019, Ansari worked in collaboration with Dave Chappelle for three of his shows at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. In 2019, he announced a new tour titled ‘The Road to Nowhere’, which was based on the events of his life from the past year and covered topics such as cultural appropriation, sexual misconduct etc. Some of his comedy specials that were released after 2018 are,
- ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’ – on 9 July, 2019
- ‘Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian’ – on 25 January, 2022
Ansari often performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, an American improv theatre company and training centre, where he began to collaborate with fellow comedians, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer and the director Jason Woliner to make short films. The first series created by Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel, titled ‘Shutterbugs’, aired in 2005. It starred Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, and Paul Scheer. In 2007, Aziz Ansari starred in the series ‘Human Giant’ along with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer.
The show continued for two seasons and the group was also offered a third season, but they refused to do a third season in order to explore new opportunities. In 2007, he also appeared in one of the HBO series, ‘Flight of the Conchords’. In June 2008, he was cast in the TV series ‘Parks and Recreation’ as one of the main characters for all seven seasons of the show.
In 2015, Ansari played the role of Dev Shah in a Netflix series titled ‘Master of None’. He was also one of the creators of this series along with Alan Yang, writer of Parks and Recreation.
The show gathered immense appreciation and was praised by James Poniewozik of The New York Times in one of his articles, referring to it as ‘the year’s best comedy straight out of the gate’. He was one of the voice-over artists in an animated sitcom, Bob’s Burgers.
Allegation of sexual misconduct
On 13 January 2018, the website Babe.net published an article from an anonymous 23-year-old woman — referred to as ‘Grace’ about a date night with Ansari. In the article, Grace alleged Ansari of repeatedly ignoring her discomfort with his physical advances and pressuring her into sex. Grace said that it was very difficult for her to free herself from that scenario and she ultimately ended up leaving in an Uber. Ansari released a statement the following day where he said,
It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.”
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- In 2006, Aziz Ansari won the Jury Award for “Best Standup” at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
- In 2013, he was nominated for NAACP Image Award for his work in the show ‘Parks and Recreation’ under the category ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’.
- In 2014, he was nominated for American Comedy Award, under the category of ‘Best Comedy Supporting Actor – TV’ for his work in the show ‘Parks and Recreation’.
- In 2016, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award under the category ‘Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy’ for his work in the TV series ‘Master of None’.
- In 2016, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award under the category Best Comedy Series.
- In 2016, he won the Peabody Award for his work in Master of None.
- In 2017, Aziz Ansari ranked 47th in the list of ‘Greatest stand-up comedians of all time’ by Rolling Stone.
- In 2017, he won the Primetime Emmy Award under the category ‘Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series’ for his work in the TV series ‘Master of None’.
- In 2017, he won the Golden Globe Award under the category ‘Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy’ for his work in the TV series ‘Master of None’.
- In 2020, his stand-up comedy special, ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’, was nominated for the Grammy Award under the category Best Comedy Album.
- In 2011, Ansari did a cameo in a music video, by Jay-Z and Kanye West in their song called ‘Otis’.
- In 2014, Aziz Ansari identified himself as a feminist and often speaks on the topic.
- In 2016, Aziz Ansari published a book called ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation’ that he co-wrote with a sociologist, Eric Klinenberg. It explores the changes in romantic society that have occurred in the past decade.
- In 2016, he was included in the Time 100 list of most influential people.
- In January 2017, Ansari hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live and became the first person of Indian origin to do so.
- In 2018, Aziz Ansari became the first Asian actor to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a TV comedy category.
- Aziz Ansari along with his friends Eric Wareheim and Jason Woliner have formed a group named “The Food Club” and have started a web series based on it, titled “Food Club”. As a member of this club, they dress up and go out to explore new places to eat, and if they really enjoy the food at a particular place then they reward the place with a plaque that has their faces inscribed on it in gold, which says “The Food Club has dined here and deemed it plaque-worthy”.
- Ansari was set to make his debut as a director, with the film “Being Mortal”, which would star, Bill Murray, Keke Palmer, and Seth Rogen. Its production stopped indefinitely in 2022 because of the difference of opinions between Ansari and Murray.
- Ansari’s next project, as the director of the movie “Good Fortune”, was to start its production in May 2023, but it failed to do so due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike.
- Some of Ansari’s favourite restaurants in New York City are; Santina, Great NY Noodletown, Lupa, and Uncle Boon’s.
- In the show, ‘Master of None’, it was his real-life parents who played the role of his character’s parents on screen.