Aziz Ansari (co-creator and executive producer) is a writer, director, actor, and comedian. He currently stars in, writes, and directs “Master of None,” a Netflix original comedy series that he co-created with Alan Yang (Parks and Recreation) that will premiere its second season on May 12, 2017.
In its first season, “Master of None” was hailed as “the year’s best comedy” by The New York Times and received 100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Ansari won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and received three additional nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series. He was also nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy and a 2016 Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
“Master of None” won the 2015 Peabody Award and the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Series and was named one of AFI’s TV Programs of the Year. It was also nominated for three Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, Outstanding New Program, and Individual Achievement in Comedy; two NAACP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series; and a GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In 2015, Ansari became one of the only headlining comedians ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden,” which was released on Netflix in March 2015. In 2013, his hour-long stand-up special “Buried Alive” premiered on Netflix to rave reviews.
On television, Ansari co-starred opposite Amy Poehler in the Emmy-nominated NBC series “Parks and Recreation” for the show’s entire seven season run. On the big screen, Ansari has appeared in “This is the End,” “Funny People,” “30 Minutes or Less,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “I Love You, Man,” and “Observe and Report.”
In 2015, Ansari released Modern Romance, a book that focuses on modern dating and how the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies. Modern Romance became a #1 NEW YORK TIMES “Bestseller” and was met with critical acclaim.
In addition to his work as a writer and performer, Aziz has lent his voice to animated projects in both film and television; the Fox animated series “Bob’s Burgers” as Deryl and in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated features Epic and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which grossed $268 million and $877 million worldwide, respectively.