->''"Seventy-two thread count! You didn't think I was gonna'' count ''that shit?! If this was a drug deal, I would've shot Hotel Luxury Linens in the'' face''!"''
-->--''Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening'', "MTV's Next"


Aziz Ismail Ansari (born February 23, 1983) began performing stand-up comedy in the early 2000s, after moving to New York City to study marketing at [=NYU=]. His act focuses a lot on mundane everyday activities, pop culture, technology, and his experiences around celebrities such as his friend Music/KanyeWest.

He co-created and starred in ''Series/HumanGiant'', which ran for two seasons on [=MTV=], was in several episodes of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' and also starred in Creator/AmyPoehler's sitcom ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. In 2009 he played a small but memorable role as an obnoxious stand-up comedian named Randy in Creator/JuddApatow's ''Film/FunnyPeople'', and subsequently signed a deal with Apatow to write and star in three new movies. In 2011, Ansari played one of two main characters (the other being Creator/JesseEisenberg) in the comedy film ''Film/ThirtyMinutesOrLess''.

He co-created and stars in the Creator/{{Netflix}} original series ''Series/MasterOfNone'', for which he received seven Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series -- making him the first person of South Asian descent to be nominated in ''any'' Lead Actor category. He won two Emmys for writing each of the series' two seasons.

On the night of January 13, 2018, the website Babe.net published an article [[https://babe.net/2018/01/13/aziz-ansari-28355 in which a photographer accused Ansari of sexual assaulting her after a date]], putting his career as a comedian in jeopardy; description of the alleged incident, however, has lead to discussions on [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement what is really considered sexual assault]].

!!Related Tropes
* BitingTheHandHumor: "Most shows on {{Creator/MTV}} aren't really my cup of tea. Mostly because I don't like giant pieces of shit in my tea." (Coming from a guy who had a show on [=MTV=] for two years and subsequently hosted the network's Movie Awards.)
* BlackComedy: More prevalent on ''Series/HumanGiant'' than in his own stand-up, particularly in the "Shutterbugz" sketches, which featured himself and Rob Huebel as nasty child-actor agents.
* BrickJoke: Aziz has a habit of making elements from previous jokes pop up hilariously in the context of another one:
---> "We get outside of the airport, I take out the gun I had from the previous joke, [and then] I aim it at the puppies, bang bang! [...] I know some of you are thinking, 'Oh no the puppies, why the poor puppies?' I didn't really shoot any puppies, [[WhatAnIdiot you're being stupid.]]"
* CasanovaWannabe: Not so much in RealLife, but most of his film and television characters are variations of this trope. ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'''s Tom Haverford is a prime example.
* HiddenDepths: He graduated from New York University, majoring in marketing.
* LargeHam: His usual mode of operation. Turned UpToEleven with his ''Film/FunnyPeople'' character RAAAAAAAANDY.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Anyone familiar with Ansari's style of stand-up knows that he does this a lot near or during punchlines.
* RunningGag: In both of his Creator/ComedyCentral specials, he's imitated Music/RKelly.
* SelfDeprecation: Does this once in a while.
* SharpDressedMan: Often wears fine suits and makes fashion a large part of his various characters.
* StylisticSuck: All of his jokes as RAAAAAAAANDY are shock value and chauvinist bravado over any real substance, with the addition of lighting effects, smoke machines and occasional comments by a DJ/hype man. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKwiz7451OY Should be seen to be appreciated.]]
* TheyJustDontGetIt: He says he overheard a waitress repeatedly trying to explain to Creator/FiftyCent the difference between grape juice and grapefruit juice, after he asked for the latter and got the former.
--> Yeah, I get it, grapefruit, applefruit, orangefruit...
* WikiWalk: Discusses how he was doing something important on the computer, and ended up wondering whether or not ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' made more money than ''Film/HomeAlone''. This led to him finding out that Creator/JoePesci recorded an album as a little kid.