"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
—Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening, "MTV's Next"
Aziz Ansari 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 Kanye West
He co-created and starred in Human Giant
, which ran for two seasons on MTV, was in several episodes of Scrubs
and currently stars in Amy Poehler
's sitcom Parks and Recreation
. In 2009 he played a small but memorable role as an obnoxious stand-up comedian named Randy in Judd Apatow
's Funny People
, 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 Jesse Eisenberg
) in the comedy film 30 Minutes or Less
- Actor Allusion: A short clip from the MTV Movie Awards has Aziz playing "swagga coach" to Zach Galfianakis. As mentioned in this trope page, he has a major in marketing.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor/Take That: "Most shows on 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.)
- Black Comedy: More prevalent on Human Giant than in his own stand-up, particularly in the "Shutterbugz" sketches, which featured himself and Rob Huebel as nasty child-actor agents.
- Brick Joke: 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, you're being stupid.
- Casanova Wannabe: Not so much in Real Life, but most of his film and television characters are variations of this trope. Parks and Recreation's Tom Haverford is a prime example.
- Hidden Depths: He graduated from New York University, majoring in marketing.
- Large Ham: His usual mode of operation. Turned Up to Eleven with his Funny People character RAAAAAAAANDY.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Anyone familiar with Ansari's style of stand-up knows that he does this a lot near or during punchlines.
- Running Gag: In both of his Comedy Central specials, he's imitated R. Kelly.
- Self-Deprecation: Does this once in a while.
- Wiki Walk: Discusses how he was doing something important on the computer, and ended up wondering whether or not Home Alone 2 made more money than Home Alone. This led to him finding out that Joe Pesci recorded an album as a little kid.