Aziz Ansari Thanks His Immigrant Parents

Aziz Ansari is a very busy man right now. Parks and Recreation just ended its seventh and final season and Ansari’s new book, Modern Romance, is hitting bookshelfs soon. Despite all this success, Ansari never forgets that his parents are the reason behind it. In this preview clip from his standup special Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden that is currently streaming on Netflix, Ansari gives thanks to his parents and talks about how his “life is super easy because they did all the struggling.”

While the narrative of immigrant parents moving to America for a better life is not exactly uncommon, Ansari manages to spin an astute, hilarious and defiant take on his own story. While a good part of the bit is spent mocking his own privilege (among other things, he says he wouldn’t last a day in Brooklyn with only twenty dollars in his pocket), Ansari is also defiant against the racism he experienced growing up in the South. Ansari jokes that his parents were trying to find a place that combined racism and horrible public schools in a “very unnecessary venn diagram.”  And while we don’t want to spoil the ending joke, let’s say Ansari and his parents weren’t going to just sit back and take the racism directed at them without fighting back.

Posted below is the clip from his Netflix special and a couple photos of Ansari’s parents hanging out with some of his very famous friends.

Image courtesy of Uproxx

Image courtesy of Uproxx

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Aziz Ansari’s Book ‘Modern Romance’ Explores How Technology Affects Relationships


We were all sad to see the cast of the Parks and Recreation say goodbye to their loyal viewers during the series finale last week, but when one door closes another one opens. That certainly seems to be the case for 32-year-old actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. Not only does he have a Netflix stand-up comedy special on its way, Ansari also has a book coming out soon. And no, it’s not what you expect.

Many comedians, such as Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, release memoirs to give fans a look into their personal life. Ansari, on the other hand, is releasing a book called Modern Romance where he apparently recruits a sociologist to conduct studies on love and romance in this day and age.

“I had been starting to do this stand-up about dating and realized that the current romantic landscape is way different,” Ansari told TIME.  “All these very modern problems — like, sitting and deciding what to write in a text — that’s a very new conundrum.”

Ansari goes on to explain that while doing research for a stand-up bit, he realized he wanted the perspective of someone in the proper academic field to assess things like texting and how it can affect relationships. The result? A sociology book that has Ansari humor written all over it.

“I want to be clear: The book is not, “It’s crazy! We have phones now!” The changes are far beyond the technology,” Ansari explains. “And marriage, not that long ago, was an economic institution where two families would come together to bring their wealth together. The whole idea of finding a soul mate only became a thing in the past 100 years. So the whole redefinition of what marriage is — nobody’s really written this comprehensive book about this kind of thing. I think it’s really funny and very interesting.”

Needless to say, the book certainly shows plenty of promise. Modern Romance hits bookshelves on June 16th. You can learn more about the book here on the official website.

In the meantime, check out Ansari on The Tonight Show talking about how text messages have changed the dating game. We wouldn’t be surprised if this stuff shows up in Modern Romance.



TBT: Top 5 Favorite Talk Show Moments with Asian Stars

1. Steven Yeun talks about dating.

In this adorable 2012 clip, Yeun talks about his thoughts on dating. Hopefully, he still doesn’t think 20 steps ahead.

“I’m like not normal and I really think like 18, 20 steps ahead,” Yeun admitted. “So it’s like, ‘Oh my god that girl is so cute, I would love to date her. Wait a minute what will happen when we’re on our marriage and on our second child and she says, ‘Hey, can you cook me some spaghetti? I’m really tired,’ and I’m like, ‘Sure I’ll cook you some spaghetti,’ and I bring the spaghetti and she says, ‘This tastes like crap’ and she throws the fork on the ground. And you’re like, ‘I don’t want that,’ so… no thanks.

“You’re going to be destined for a lonely life if you keep thinking that way,” Conan remarked.

But that didn’t seem to faze Yeun who simply responded, “It’s gonna be good, I have…so many comic books.”

2. Sandra Oh talks about her parents’ adjusting to her wanting to be an actress.

Sandra Oh was just as glamorous in 2007 as she is now! At this point, Oh was already an established star in her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but she talked about how important education is to her family and how the rest of her relatives have Master’s degrees. She points out that when she first came to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming an actress, it took time for her parents to come to terms with it. Their fundamental question was how much this career could contribute to society, asking her “What is the social purpose of what you’re doing? What are you helping society with?”

3. Aziz Ansari talks about handling bullies on Conan.

During this talk show interview, Aziz Ansari first hilariously wonders about the mysteries of online dating by discussing that his friend found a wife online while he just found nuggets from Wendy’s.

He then goes on to discuss a documentary on bullying and his work with an anti-bullying charity. Despite his light-hearted approach and jokes in-between, he mentions an aspect of bullying that’s concerning: bullying today has, if anything, become more specific and elaborate and should be addressed.


4. Mindy Kaling talks about backhanded compliments.

In this interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Mindy Kaling talks about how she is sometimes the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments. “People are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t need to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do’ and I’m like, ‘I do subscribe…’ or ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster,'” Kaling jokes. She mentions that she does run and work out, and that “it takes effort to look like a normal/chubby woman.”

At the same time, she acknowledges the good sides of being a role model on her show by being average-sized and having a consistent love life along with a satisfying career and social life.

5. Jackie Chan talks about his adorable socks and sings “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”

Jackie Chan cheekily points out how no one would ever walk up to Robert DeNiro and shout his name along with a series of kung-fu moves, and yet that’s how Chan is usually greeted. Ultimately, Chan gamely pokes fun at his own accent when calling an operator for Pinkberry, teaches Ellen some Chinese, and displays his singing chops!



Know any more talk show moments that should be on this list? Let us know!


Aziz Ansari’s Cringeworthy Tale of Hitting on Blake Lively Through Text


Ladies, how many of you have ignored a text because you’re not interested in someone that way? You don’t want to hurt their feelings by leading them on and surely this silence will be enough right? They’ll get the point and you won’t have to go through an awkward rejection… right?


Some men (and women) are oblivious to these hints. That, or they’re just plain stubborn when it comes to getting a date. Although this behavior doesn’t come as a surprise from that one guy at the bar, the hook up from Vegas or even that old friend from high school, it is a bit of a shock to realize that celebrities are not immune to this cringeworthy sort of interaction.



Today, Blake Lively is a happily married and pregnant woman. But a few years ago, she was single and comedian Aziz Ansari was very, very aware of that.

Ansari recently appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and told the story of meeting Blake Lively, as well as the awkward interactions that followed. Apparently, Ansari discovered that Lively was a fan of his. He eventually met the actress at an event where they bonded over food and exchanged numbers. Without missing a beat, Ansari texted Lively once the event was over.


“Hey, it’s Aziz. The Animal dinners are over now unfortunately, but I will show you photos from when I went. It was very tasty. Are you going to the Met Ball?”


Her reaction? No response.

Weeks later, Ansari ended up spotting her at the Met Ball along with Karl Lagerfeld after all. He decided to text her again.


Hey, it’s Aziz. Please tell Karl he needs to call me, it’s been too long since we bro’d out.”


Her reaction? No response.

Does this mean Ansari should have maybe taken a hint and stopped coming on too strong? He didn’t think so.


“I’m going to the Boom Boom Room for that afterparty. Hopefully this is your number? Either way, good seeing you.”


Image reproduction courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Image reproduction courtesy of Buzzfeed.

At this point, we’re cringing at the clear lack of response, but just when we’ve given up hope, Lively shoots him a text back.


“Maybe I’ll see you. So weird, Karl was just saying how bummed he was to miss you.”


Of course, Ansari jumped at the opportunity. He ended up finding her at the Boom Boom Room and sent her a text the following day.


“I feel so bad you had to fly to North Carolina after that party. It must’ve been rough. Karl and I partied at Boom Boom until 7 a.m. Got tacos the next day after and just had a beautiful spa day. Next time we are in the same city, let’s eat delicious food.”


Her reaction? No response.

We’re not quite sure if Ansari got the hint at this point. A few months later, he sent her an awkward text saying “Happy Holidays.” Yet again, she did not respond. Despite this cringeworthy interaction, Ansari seems to simply laugh about it now. While on air, he very humorously texted her one more time.


“Read these messages on Howard. Hope that’s cool. Doubt you’ll respond to this.”


On the bright side, it’s nice to know that we’re not alone– celebs are certainly capable of these awkward interactions just as much as we are. Who can say whether or not Ansari has learned from his bad text flirting. This stand-up piece suggests he hasn’t.

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Aziz Ansari on Conan O’Brien Talks Racists: They’re Dying Off

Check out the hilarious comedian Aziz Ansari on Conan and his take on Miss America Nina Davuluri, Asians in the media, and racists.

2013 Golden Globes Fashion – Asian Celebrity Edition!

Jamie Chung. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Recap some of the Golden Globes fashion from Sunday evening – all featuring some of your favorite Asian celebrities!

Shay Mitchell (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Dev Patel. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Nathan Adrian.

Nathan Adrian and Natalie Coughlin.

Archie Panjabi (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Berenice Marlohe (Photo Courtesy of Getty Images)

Life of Pi composer Mychael Danna with wife Aparna. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Life of Pi’s Sunaj Sharma, Ang Lee, and Tabu.

Freida Pinto in Antonio Beradi. (Photo courtesy of Getty)

Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Hannah Simone. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Olivia Munn in Armani. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Life of Pi’s Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Vanessa Hudgens in Jenny Packham. (Photo Courtesy of Huffington Post)

Actor Kunal Nayyar. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)

Aziz Ansari as a presenter with Jason Bateman at The 70th Golden Globes awards ceremony on January 13, 2013.

Golden Globes theme composer/Japanese rock artist Yoshiki. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo!)