IE Weekly’s Official Aziz Ansari Timeline
By Joe Martone
Rolling Stone includes Aziz Ansari in its annual Hot List, with Ansari being picked for “Hot Standup.” They may be on to something.
The movie School for Scoundrels features Ansari in his first on-screen role. The movie is a bust, but he’s one of the best things about it.
Teaming up with his improv friends in Human Giant, Ansari makes a series of short films called The Illusionators. MTV loves them so much that they greenlight a sketch comedy series for them, which lasts two seasons.
NBC show Parks & Recreation debuts with Aziz as regular Tom Haverford. His comic overconfidence earns huge appraise and he becomes the show’s breakout character.
Judd Apatow casts Ansari in Funny People. Apatow loves Ansari’s take on the “Randy” character so much that he enlists him to create online shorts with his old Human Giant crew to promote the film.
Doing what he does best, Ansari returns to his roots and releases his standup special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening to DVD.
The MTV Movie Awards picks Ansari as its host, where he parodies the film Precious and acts as Zach Galifinakis’ swagger coach. Despite the Twilight films winning everything, he manages to make it a great night.
Ansari cameos in Jay-Z’s collaborative video “Otis” with Kanye West. The song is a tribute to soul singer Otis Redding, and it later wins a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
Ansari kicks his Tumblr page off with a bang by Photoshopping his face into popular rap album covers. Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and even Tupac get the Emcee Ansari treatment. On the plus side, his Tumblr is way more innovative than the food blogs and odes to Misha Collins the site is used to.
This is the End will see Ansari facing one of his greatest challenges: playing himself. Can he survive the apocalypse? (Spoiler alert: not really.)