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The Aziz Ansari File

May 2009
The Aziz Ansari File


5 Movies he has acted in

7 TV series he has appeared in

18 Age when he started doing stand-up comedy

26 His age (he was born Feb. 23, 1983, in Columbia, S.C.)

5,400 Fans on Facebook (and counting)

15,000 Followers on Twitter


“I think when I first started doing stand-up, I did do some of that stuff (ethnic humor). But I never liked doing it. I have nothing against people who do it. It’s just not my cup of tea.” (The DesiConnect magazine)

“People who are going to try stand-up always e-mail me and sound so stressed about their first show. The truth is, it doesn't matter at all. You just need to do stand-up constantly and get better. Nothing is decided by your first show, at all.” (

“I hate to say it, but I’m pretty into Twitter. I always text dumb jokes to my friends and now with Twitter I can annoy thousands of people with it.” (The New Yorker)


The son of Indian immigrants, Ansari grew up in Bennettsville, S.C. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, then earned a degree in marketing from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University in 2004.

He began performing stand-up comedy in New York City while attending NYU. He won the Jury Award for "Best Standup" at HBO's 2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo.

He gained prominence as one of the stars of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy series Human Giant on MTV, for which he is also a writer and executive producer. He and fellow comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer had pitched the idea to MTV.

He’s currently starring in the NBC series Parks and Recreation, playing the role of Tom Haverford, the self-serving colleague of mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (played by former Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler).


His official website and blog

His MySpace page, featuring some of his performances

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