Very few comedians reach the level of film and television success that Aziz Ansari has and still perform regular stand-up comedy tour dates. While many comedians focus their stand-up routines around common, everyday events, Ansari has constructed hilarious routines around cutting edge material that could only happen to him. He caught his big break on the MTV show Human Giant and received huge laughs from his alter-ego, Raaaaaaaandy, in Funny People. Aziz can currently be found on Parks and Recreation performing his recurring role as Tom Haverford, as well as in the upcoming movie, 30 Minutes or Less, with Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, and Nick Swardson. Despite his busy and successful film and television career, Aziz still has upcoming stand-up tour dates in 2011.
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on February 23, 1983. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Bennettsville, where he was given an accelerated education. While attending NYU Stern School of Business in 2001, Aziz began performing stand-up comedy tour dates around New York City, primarily at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and Invite Them Up in the East Village. He soon began collaborating on short films with Respecto Montalban members Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the first being "Shutterbugs". These films were supplemented by the trio's live performances and the troupe soon signed a deal with MTV to create the sketch comedy show, Human Giant.
The show completed two seasons with the option to film a third, but Aziz left after receiving the role as Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. That same year, director Judd Apatow noticed Ansari's stand-up alter ego, Randy, and decided to use the character in the film Funny People. The exposure from the role, when combined with the success of his role on Parks and Recreation, launched his acting career to the next plateau.
In 2010, Ansari received his own stand-up comedy special on Comedy Central, titled Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening. Now, Aziz's career is finally to the point where he has gone from supporting role to co-star/scene stealer, and has a number of upcoming film roles. While Aziz is working on new characters for film, he's also honing and refining his stand-up routine, including the character Randy. In 2010, Ansari embarked on Dangerously Delicious tour, which is wrapping up concert dates this summer. Tour dates in 2011 wrap up on June 26 in New Hampshire, so fans of Aziz (and Randy) on the East Coast of the US should check his schedule on Eventful. Aziz Ansari's career is set to reach new heights as it progresses; and if not, he's still got a business degree.