Aziz Ansari is an award-winning actor, director, writer and comedian. He co-created, writes, directs, and stars in the Netflix original series Master of None for which he won the 2016 and 2017 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and has received five additional nominations for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” (2016 and 2017), “Outstanding Comedy Series” (2016 and 2017), and “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” (2016). He won the 2017 Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy” and the show was nominated in 2016 and 2017 for “Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy”. In 2019, Aziz also released his 5th standup for Netflix entitled Right Now directed by Spike Jonze to critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination.
Master of None was also nominated for a 2017 WGA Award for “Writing for a comedy Series” and a 2017 TCA Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” and Aziz was nominated for “Individual Achievement in Comedy”. He was recently honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy (2017), a SAG nomination in 2017 for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series,” and the 2017 WGAW Evan Somers Award for outstanding writing featuring characters with disabilities, for the Master of None episode “New York, I Love You.” Aziz received his first DGA Award for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2017” for The Thief, and his first PGA Award - The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy: Master of None (Season 2). The show was one of AFI’s “Top Television Programs of the Year” in 2015 and 2017. Additionally, it received a 2016 and 2017 Critics’ Choice nomination for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series.” Master of None won the 2015 Peabody Award and the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Comedy Series” and was nominated for three Television Critics Association Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy,” “Outstanding New Program,” and “Individual Achievement in Comedy;” four NAACP Image Award Nominations for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series,” “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series” (2016 and 2017) and “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series;” and two GLAAD nomination for “Outstanding Individual Episode” for Thanksgiving (2017) and “Outstanding Comedy Series” (2016).
In 2015, Aziz became one of the only headlining comedians ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, which was released on Netflix in March 2015.
In 2013, his hour-long stand-up special Buried Alive premiered on Netflix to rave reviews. Aziz’s other comedy specials include Dangerously Delicious and Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening. He continues to perform stand-up for tens of thousands of people all around the world.
On television, Aziz co-starred opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved NBC series Parks and Recreation for the show’s entire seven season run. Aziz’s portrayal of government employee ‘Tom Haverford’ earned him critical praise as one of the show’s breakout stars and garnered him nominations for an American Comedy Award for “Best Comedy Supporting Actor – TV” and a NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” in 2014. Parks and Recreation was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy” in 2014 and an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 2011, 2014, and 2015. The show was honored with a Peabody Award in 2012, was one of AFI’s “Top Television Programs of the Year” in 2011, and won an American Comedy Award for “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 2014. The show was also nominated for TCA Awards for “Program of the Year” in 2011 and “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy” in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
In 2015, Aziz released Modern Romance, a book that focuses on modern dating and how the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies. Modern Romance debuted at #2 on the The New York Times bestseller list.
On the big screen, Aziz has appeared in This Is The End, Funny People, 30 Minutes Or Less, Get Him To The Greek, I Love You, Man, and Observe And Report.
In addition to his work as a writer and performer, Aziz has lent his voice to animated projects in both film and television; the FOX animated series Bob's Burgers as ‘Deryl’ and in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated features Epic and Ice Age: Continental Drift, which grossed $268 million and $877 million worldwide, respectively.
For his career in comedy, Aziz received Variety's “Power of Comedy” Award in 2014. Aziz got his start in entertainment performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and with the sketch comedy group Human Giant.