aziz ansari parks and rec Aziz Ansari hosts 'Ask Me Anything,' talks comedians, Entertainment 720 and foodAziz Ansari, who stars on the wonderful NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” has started a very cool way of interacting with fans – he opened an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit. The entire thing is way too long to post here, but here are some highlights:

Jhegro: “Do you feel that Indian/Asians are still being cast into certain
stereotypical roles in Hollywood and how do you think
Indian/Asian-Americans can change that?”

Ansari: “That’s on the actors themselves. I got offered those parts when I first
started out and always turned them down and made it clear I wasn’t
interested in playing ethnic stereotypes or characters who’s comedy
comes purely from having a “funny accent.” Over the past few years, that
stuff has been aggressively countered by actors like myself, Mindy
Kaling, Danny Pudi, etc. We are all playing characters who are funny for
reasons that have nothing do with ethnic humor. Things have changed a
lot. I couldn’t imagine growing up and seeing an Indian person on a
sitcom, now EVERY sitcom has that token Indian person. Pretty cool.”

CommanderCacho: “Who are your 3 favorite stand-up comedians right now?”

Ansari: “Louis CK is an obvious answer from everybody now. I also love Hannibal Burress and Chelsea Peretti.”

JTQ1: “How do I get a job with Entertainment 720?”

Ansari: “Write a three thousand word essay on the topic of what the phrase ‘Ballin’ Out of Control’ means to you and email it to Tom or Jean

Honztastic: “What really changed on the show for it to find it’s voice at the end of
season 1? Were you or any other cast essential in making that happen?
There’s a clear difference from season 1 to season 2 in the quality of
characters’ personality.”

Ansari: “The show just changed in the same natural progression of most sitcoms.
Season 1 was only six episodes. If you watch the first six episodes of
any long running sitcom like Seinfeld, etc. you’ll notice it takes a
while before the show and the characters completely lock in on their

Todos_los_dias: “I know you love your foods, so which fictional P+R food sounds best to
you? Ron’s Turkey burger? Chris’s “cake”? Mulligan’s Steak? J.J.’s
Waffles? Sweetum’s?”

Ansari: “I bet JJ’s probably kills it at brunch. I’ll go with JJ’s!”

KirbyPuckett: “Do you have any plans to collaborate with Donald Glover on anything in the future?”

Ansari: “At the moment no specific plans, but Donald and I are friends. I would
like to collaborate with Jason Statham, but there are no plans, and we
are not friends either. Let me know if you can help.”

A “Community”/”Parks and Rec” crossover would certainly bring two of our massive fandoms together. Also, how cool is Ansari for doing this? We hope more celebrities start following suit.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."