03:09 PM EDT 10/12/2015
Originally posted 10/11/2015 12:05PM
True friendship is when one of you gives the other a piggyback ride.
Aziz Ansari Cast His Real-Life Folks as His Parents in His Show Master of None Because 'There's Not a Ton of Older Indian People in the Acting Game'
Originally posted 10/07/2015 09:30AM
Aziz Ansari didn't have to look too far when he set out to cast his character's parents in his upcoming series Master of None.
"There's not a ton of older Indian people that are out there in the acting game, so I wrote these characters kind of based on my parents, and I couldn't find anyone who really felt like my parents, so I just got my parents to do it," Ansari tells PEOPLE. "They did a fantastic job."
In the show, Ansari plays an Indian-American actor, Dev, who navigates the ins and outs of life in New York as a thirtysomething.
PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the show, in which Ansari stars opposite Noël Wells, who plays his love interest.
Laugh Factory: Besties Amy Schumer & Jennifer Lawrence Hike with Aziz Ansari, Make a 'Short Film' with Chris Pratt
Originally posted 10/05/2015 02:15PM
The Schumer-Lawrence squad is growing.
Originally posted 09/16/2015 05:20PM
The Internet is standing with Ahmed Mohamed.
Originally posted 07/28/2015 08:00PM
Nepotism usually works the other way around.
But when it came time to cast actors to play his parents on his new Netflix comedy Master of None, Aziz Ansari found no one who could do the job better than his own mother and father.
"I found my father to be uniquely funny in the role. [And] no one else felt like my real mom," Ansari told reporters of his mother, Fatima, and father, Shoukath, at a Television Critics Association panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
Originally posted 06/16/2015 01:40PM
For a segment amusingly titled "First Textual Experience," The Tonight Show asked viewers to send in real-life first texts they received from awkward individuals attempting to secure a date and failing miserably.
Host Jimmy Fallon and guest Aziz Ansari then read the cringe-worthy missives in a segment that immediately went viral.
Originally posted 03/03/2015 12:20PM
Well, Aubrey Plaza gave one of her castmates a vial of blood and some of her hair.
Originally posted 02/25/2015 01:05AM
Amy Poehler's wonderful Parks and Recreation ended its seven-season run on NBC Tuesday night with an hour-long finale that wasn't strictly necessary: The season had been so good – and so good at building to this goodbye – that the show seemed to have already sneaked out of the room during a game of peek-a-boo.
You took your hands away from your eyes and realized the room was suddenly empty.
At which point you began to cry.
Originally posted 02/24/2015 07:05PM
Is there an incorrect way to consume alcohol? How should you approach your job? Parks and Recreation has you covered.
Over the course of its seven seasons, the character-driven NBC sitcom has been laugh-out-loud hilarious. For all its gags, though, it's also been at its core about people trying to make the world a better place – in both large, small and pony-hologramming ways.
Though Parks is coming to an end on Tuesday, the residents of Pawnee, Indiana, have provided many pearls of wisdom that fans can clutch when the inevitable Recreation-al hangover hits.
Just know that, however you drink up this knowledge, you're definitely doing it right.
Originally posted 02/24/2015 03:40PM
After seven brilliant seasons, Parks and Recreation airs its final episode on Tuesday night.
Though often overlooked despite its longevity and critical acclaim, the writers – with showrunner Mike Schur at the helm – created a rich universe filled with well-rounded characters whose quirks were celebrated often in the form of joke callbacks that were as hilarious on the second, third and 10th time they were told as they were the first.
In advance of the series finale, we thought we'd revisit seven of the best recurring jokes on Parks.
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