Who is Aziz Ansari?
Aziz Ismail Ansari was born on 23 February 1983, in Columbia, South Carolina USA, and is an actor, comedian, director, writer, as well as a producer, probably best known for finding popularity through his role of Tom Haverford in the series “Parks of Recreation”. He later continued his work with the series “Master of None”, which has won numerous awards, with Aziz winning Emmy Awards, and the first Asian-American and Indian-American to win a Golden Globe for acting on television.
The Wealth of Aziz Ansari
How rich is Aziz Ansari? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $18 million, earned through success in his various endeavors, as he’s also done stand-up comedy performances, aside from numerous roles in films. He’s released stand up specials, and has also travelled around the country in stand-up comedy tours. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career BeginningsAziz was born into a Tamil Muslim family, originally hailing from Tamil Nadu in India. At a young age, his family moved to Bennettsville, South Carolina where he would grow up in, and attended South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. After matriculating, he enrolled into the New York University Stern School of Business, where he completed a degree in marketing. His parents were both medical field professionals, with his father working as a gastroenterologist while his mother is a gynecologist and obstetrician. His parents would later be featured in “Master of None”. After completing his education, Aziz started performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, along with several weekly shows. In 2005, his stand-up performances started getting attention with him being included in the Hot Standup list of “Rolling Stone” magazine. The following year, he won a Jury Award for Best Standup during the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, held in Aspen, Colorado.
Television Acting – Parks and Recreation
During the time he was starting to win awards, Ansari began collaborating with fellow comedians of the improv troupe Respecto Montalban to make several short films. The first was entitled “Shutterbugs”, in which Ansari played a cutthroat child talent agent. They then worked on the short film “Illusionators” with Aziz in the role of a Goth magician. The series of short films would lead them start a sketch series with MTV, entitled “Human Giant”, which ran for two seasons; they were offered a third season, but the comedians opted to pursue other opportunities instead.
Just wrapped shooting the insanely awesome finale for Season 6 of Parks! pic.twitter.com/dqFS3JK9jn
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 27, 2014
His work on television led him to be cast in the comedy show entitled “Parks and Recreations”, which started airing in 2009, and in which he played the character Tom Haverford, who is a government official with extreme self-confidence and a dream of someday becoming successful. He was one of the main characters of the show, and remained for its entire run with his performance receiving a lot of critical acclaim, in an ensemble cast including Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman He was named as one of the “Breakout TV Stars” by Entertainment Weekly.
Master of None
Aziz’s next project would be created by “Parks and Recreation” writer Alan Yang, and entitled “Master of None”. He was cast as the star of the show, and also directed several episodes. It premiered to great reviews, and his performance along with the entirety of the show would earn numerous nominations and awards. In 2016, he along with Yang won both an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and a Peabody Award in the same year. The show was renewed for a second season, and continued to receive positive reviews. He plays Dev Shah, a 30 year-old actor in the show, which follows his cultural, professional and romantic experiences. The show would win two more awards, and in 2018 he would win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a television comedy, the first Asian American and Indian American to win a Golden Globe for television.
Other Television Projects
Aside from his work in “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”, Ansari was the host of the “2010 MTV Movie Awards”, in which he performed numerous comedy segments and spoofs. He aired several short films and also played the character Taavon, the swagger coach. He made an appearance in the show “Flight of the Conchords”, playing an eccentric food vendor, then had a recurring role as an intern in the sitcom “Scrubs” during its eighth season, but was written out of the show so he could work on “Parks & Recreation”. He also made a cameo appearance in the music video “Otis” by Kanye West and Jay-Z, then became the first person of Indian origin to host an episode of “Saturday Night Live”, which aired in 2017.
With Maureen Wittels! Miss you Harris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Film Projects and Stand-Up Performances
Aziz has also worked on several films throughout his career, including “I Love You, Man” and “Get Him to the Greek”, and was the star of the film “30 Minutes or Less”, co-starring alongside Danny McBride and Jesse Eisenberg. When not filming projects, he often travels around the country to do stand-up performances, initially with other comedy groups but later headlining his own tours, which have been made into DVD specials, with the first entitled “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”.
His performances are often based on actual experiences, as he mentions that they will always be original. Other tours he’s done include “Dangerously Delicious”, which was released onto his website for download. A few of his latest tours include “Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” which was filmed in Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater, and premiered on Netflix, and another comedy special with Netflix in 2015 entitled “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden”.
Writing and Charity Work
In 2015, Ansari released a book entitled “Modern Romance: An Investigation” which is about dating in the modern world and the comedic pitfalls that come along with it, and was written with sociologist Eric Klinenberg. Aside from writing, he also spends a lot of free time doing charity work and he voiced a talking goat in a video that encouraged donations to Oxfam University. He also did a stand up special with proceeds that benefitted the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred in 2013. All ticket sales went to The Officer Richard Donohue Fund, and The One Fund.
For his personal life, despite being raised Muslim, he has mentioned online hat he is not religious. It is known that Aziz was in a relationship with professional chef Courtney McBroom from 2014 to 2016; identifying as a feminist, having been inspired by his ex-girlfriend, stating that listening to women has revealed a lot of the struggles they go through in terms of sexism especially in the workplace. He also identifies as a foodie – though he dislikes the term – and enjoys trying out food at a variety of restaurants, often joined by friends in a group called The Food Club. They even make high quality plaques, which are given to restaurants that they have enjoyed eating at.
He was a friend of the late comedian Harris Wittels, often working together before his passing. Aziz has a brother who co-wrote an episode of “Master of None”. In 2018, allegations of sexual misconduct were published on the website Babe.net by a woman writing under the pseudonym Grace. The article was met with a mixed response though he has defended himself by saying everything that the woman was saying was consensual. However, detractors still criticized his actions, while others wrote that the accuser’s actions served nothing but to damage Aziz and the organizations he supports.