Aziz Ansari stars as Tom Haverford, the self-serving colleague of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in new comedy Parks and Recreation.
Ansari is poised for 2009 to be his breakout year with a new television series, a trio of films, and a
headlining comedy tour. He also appears in a number of feature films including Funny People, opposite Adam Sandler, Seth
Rogen and Jonah Hill, and also has roles in I Love You, Man with Paul Rudd, and opposite Rogen and Anna Faris in Observe and Report.
Ansari is best known for his role on MTV’s hit sketch comedy series, Human Giant. The series is based around comedy sketches performed by Ansari, along with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. Many of their sketches have become Internet sensations and have popularized the trio with young people all across the U.S. Last year, Ansari also had a memorable guest-starring role on Flight of the Conchords, in which he portrayed a racist fruit vendor. He can also be seen in a multi-episode arc on Scrubs.
Ansari recently announced his Glow in the Dark Comedy Standup Tour which will see him crisscross the country performing his buzzed about standup act. In 2005, Rolling Stone named him their choice for Hot Standup on their annual Hot List, and he was also awarded the Jury Award for Best Standup at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2006.