Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari Goes Big by Going Small in ‘Live at Madison Square Garden’

Aziz Ansari’s Live at Madison Square Garden special, which premiered on Netflix early this morning, marks a definite improvement in Ansari’s already-strong comedy game. Selling out Madison Square Garden is an impressive feat for a comedian, but what’s more impressive is how easily the small comic commands the large stage. But then again, Ansari has always been performed on a huge scale, so maybe it’s only natural that he looks at home on the MSG stage. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: “Donna and Joe”

Even with the plotline centered around Donna’s wedding, the season seven midpoint of Parks and Recreation was action-packed for more than just the Meagles. Jen Barkley shows up and goads Ben into running for Congress. Tom and Lucy take a leap, even after Ron inadvertently screws it up. We finally get a good look at Leslie and Ben’s kids, with Rachel Dratch (!!!) as their overwhelmed nanny, Roz. It’s revealed that Jerry/Larry/Terry is actually named Gary (please say this marks the end of this joke). Questlove shows up as Donna’s estranged baby brother, Levondrius, and smashes a vintage microwave on the dance floor, giving Donna the touch of drama she craved for her wedding. Truly, “Donna and Joe” had it all. … Read More

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The Difference Between Lena Dunham and Aziz Ansari’s Million-Dollar Book Deals

Hey, remember when Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ (now a book that you can touch with your own hands), was first announced to the media in late 2012? Headlines like “Lena Dunham has a memoir” and “Lena Dunham’s memoir is going to auction $1 million as a minimum” were the source of quite a few slings and arrows in the press.

Dunham’s memoir sold for an advance of $3.7 million, a price that was par for the course in the context of the slew of celebrity memoirs that hits bookstores each month — just a year later, Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari, sold his currently untitled book, described as a look at “modern romance,” for $3.5 million. I was reminded of this when writing about Not That Kind of Girl earlier, and I thought that Dunham’s and Anzari’s advances were worth some comparison. … Read More

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15 Possible Letterman Replacements Who Aren’t White Dudes

This week, David Letterman announced his retirement from his eponymous late-night talk show. While he won’t retire until sometime next year, people are already speculating about who will replace him on the show he’s helmed for over 20 years. And, in typical fashion, most of the predictions veer in the direction of Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, or Conan O’Brien. Given that the late-night talk show landscape is almost exclusively the territory of white men, we have a few suggestions of comedians who could replace Letterman and — gasp! — aren’t white… Read More

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25 Comedians of Color Everyone Should Know

Last week, we put together our list of female comedians everyone should have on their radar, prompted in part by Jerry Seinfeld’s implication that the reason he hasn’t had many women or people of color on his web series is because there just aren’t many funny women or non-white people out there. Between Seinfeld’s remarks and the recent dialogue about diversity on late-night shows and SNL, the time seemed right to round up 25 hilarious people who happen not to be white. Click through for our list, from Aziz Ansari to Reggie… Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episodes 7 & 8 Recap: “Flouride” / “The Cones of Dunshire”

It’s the second week of back-to-back Parks and Recreation episodes, and while nothing glaringly new happens in the life of Leslie Knope, times they are a-changin’. “Fluoride” is all about coping with the harsh realities of Leslie’s prematurely ending term, upcoming long distance best-friendship, and continuing struggle to get stuff done. It’s an uncomfortable and confusing process, but, as always, everything works out in the end. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episodes 5 & 6 Recap: “Fillibuster” / “Recall Vote”

Well, it’s been four long weeks since NBC last allowed us to visit Pawnee, Indiana, disrupting the very young sixth season of Parks and Recreation so they could screw around with their schedule after the quick cancellation of Welcome to the Family, which followed it in the network’s newly revamped Thursday night line-up. And instead of just doing the polite thing and bringing back Community, they put Parks on a three-week hiatus for extra episodes of The Voice, because that’s sensible. And that is why we got a Parks Halloween episode two weeks after Halloween. … Read More

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Watch a Preview of Aziz Ansari’s Upcoming Special ‘Buried Alive’

In anticipation of Aziz Ansari’s stand-up special Buried Alive, Netflix is releasing a bunch of clips from the show before… Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episode 4 Recap: “Gin It Up”

We’re all so wild about Parks and Recreation’s ensemble of characters and the weird little Springfield-ian world they’ve created there in Pawnee that it’s easy to undersell the show’s value as a quiet yet smart political satire. They’ve gone through waves of heavy engagement (most memorably in the fourth season, with Leslie’s city council run including echoes of the “birther” movement and Obama’s lousy bowling), but last night’s “Gin It Up” episode gave us the best political gags of the young season, with a wicked send-up of scandal-mongering and “special hearing” showboating. As Councilman Jamm promised, “This will be blown way out of proportion. You have my word on it!” … Read More

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