The Awesome Aziz Ansari

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The Times has a good profile up on the Parks and Rec star. Here he talks about how people perceive his work ethic:


When Mr. Ansari asked an audience member at a previous evening's performance at the Largo nightclub here to imagine how he spends his days, he was surprised by the response. "He was like, 'You probably wake up about 10 o'clock, and then you smoke some weed,' " Mr. Ansari said. "'Then you play video games for a couple hours.' " 

Recounting that exchange, Mr. Ansari said, "That sounds like a terrible existence."

Indeed. I think there's this notion that creative people spend their days loafing around, smoking and drinking, waiting for "creativity" to strike. For sure, some "creative people" do exactly that. I wonder how many of them stay creative though, and for how long.

But yeah, Ansari's awesome. If I ever write any fiction I'm going to name a toon "Ansari." What a great name. Here's Ansari with--I bullshit you not--Detlef Schrempf.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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