Aziz Ansari is both a comedian and actor from America known for playing Tom Haverford in the NBC-produced “Parks and Recreation,” and Dev Shah on his television show, Master of None. Aziz was born to parents, Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, in Columbia, South Carolina. His family relocated to Bennettsville, South Carolina, where Ansari pursued his education at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Later on, Ansari also obtained a major in marketing from the New York University Stern School of Business. During that time, Ansari also used to perform numerous stand-up gigs in New York City, including the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and on the live show, Invite Them Up. 2005 saw the magazine “The Rolling Stone” include Ansari in their list of “Hot Standup.” In the following year, Ansari was also presented with a Jury Award for the best stand-up at the “U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.” Later on, Ansari worked alongside fellow comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, and the director Jason Woliner to create short films. The trio collaborated to make mini-series such as Shutterbugs and Illustrators.
Ansari started his television career in 2004 by featuring in an episode of “Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack.” A few years later, in 2007, Ansari was cast in the television comedy series, “Flight of the Conchords.” 2007 also saw Ansari write, create and produce the sketch comedy, Human Giant, which lasted for two seasons and saw Ansari in various roles. In the following year, Ansari featured in television shows such as First Week, “Reno 911!” and Scrubs. From 2009 up to 2015, Ansari was part of the main cast of the NBC-produced, “Parks and Recreation,” which also featured
Rashida Jones and
Chris Pratt, among many others. 2011 saw Ansari provide the voice-over for the animated sitcom, Bob’s Burgers. Ansari has also featured in shows such as “Dangerously Delicious,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” “The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco,” “Buried Alive,” and Kroll Show, among many others. 2015 saw Ansari create, produce and write “Master of None,” in which he plays the role of Dev Shah. Ansari started his movie career with an appearance in the
Todd Phillips movie, School for Scoundrels.
Consequently, Ansari has also featured in
Funny People, I Love You Man, Get Him to the Greek, 30 Minutes or Less, and provided voice-overs for
Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic and “What’s Your Number.” Ansari has also authored the book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, and often performs shows for the sake of charity.