Aziz Ansari is distributing his standup special online in the same vein as Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan. Since it’s available for purchase ($5) now, Ansari returned to Reddit after a five month absence to do another Ask Me Anything, and it went much better than Woody Harrelson’s. He only mentioned Rampart once.
The full Reddit thread is available here, and all of Aziz Ansari’s posts are on his member page. We’ll save you some time, however, and highlight some of the best excerpts here. Read on if you want to learn what Ron Swanson smells like, what little cousin Harris is up to, what he thinks about file sharing, what happened to Randy, and how easy it is to get Ansari to wingman for you with Rashida Jones.
jtylerjones: What does Nick Offerman smell like? This is important.
Aziz Ansari: This is true. He smells like cappucinos or something cause he uses these lozenges to stop smoking. It’s kind of warm and comforting. He also eats a lot of bacon and does woodwork stuff just like Ron Swanson. He’s the best.
parots: What’s the best thing you like about working with Amy Poehler? What’s the most unexpected ting she’s ever done that you know of?
Aziz Ansari: She’s awesome. She’s randomly sitting next to me on this flight watching that new Sherlock Holmes show from BBC. That’s unexpected.
icebat: How much of your personality is incorporated into Tom Haverford?
Aziz Ansari: We both love hip hop and suits. And are small bearded Indian men.
danimaroo: In real life, do you call chicken parm “chicky chicky parm parm”? Please say yes.
Aziz Ansari: No but I do say sammys.
sturgeon25: You think you could hook me up with Rashida Jones?
Aziz Ansari: Yeah I’ll text her that sturgeon25 is DOWN.
saphilip: When did you decide to go with the 5 dollar stand up on your website?
Aziz Ansari: I recorded the special in June and paid for it myself, knowing I wanted to release it online. A few months later I was with Louis CK watching his special while he edited and he told me his plan. I wasn’t sure if it would work. It clearly did. People loved that method and immediately I was asked if I would do it so, it seemed like a smart move.
roji-aich: I thought it was probably inspired by Louis C. K. That’s great that you’re doing one as well, I think it’s a much fairer system to just charge a few bucks and give the customer the video, plain and simple no complications. Maybe more people will see the potential profits and follow suit.
Aziz Ansari: I really believe that people won’t steal if buying is fairly priced and convenient. There have been several studies saying that, and I believe it.
ZSaintJames: How long do you work on a set before you film it?
Aziz Ansari: For a long time. Writing the material for a tour takes about 8 months to a year, depending on my acting commitments. Then I toured this one, on and off for about a year? Buried Alive has taken me about a year to write. I’ll tour that for a while before recording it.
cfenton23: What is the best joke you know that you can tell on the internet but not in one of your specials?
Aziz Ansari: With internet release, I can tell whatever joke I want in my specials cause its uncensored. Woooooo!
ferretmochalatte: Favorite comedians?
Aziz Ansari: Hannibal Buress, Chelsea Peretti, Doug Stanhope, Louis CK, Patrice O’Neal (check out Mr. P, the bit about bread is so funny)
timofo: What would you have done if the comedy thing didn’t pan out?
Aziz Ansari: I don’t know, probably just be a fat Indian man that eats a lot of food and lives at home.