Comedian Aziz Ansari on which movie cracked him up this year
Although comedian and actor Aziz Ansari's popular blog is titled Aziz Is Bored, it seems unlikely he has much time for boredom these days. Earlier this year Ansari starred in the buddy bank robbery comedy "30 Minutes or Less" with Jesse Eisenberg, and he's a fixture on the small screen, playing Tom Haverford, a cocky government drone with big entrepreneurial dreams, on the NBC series "Parks and Recreation." He also performs stand-up and delivers a never-ending stream of funny tweets.
Occasionally, Ansari even finds himself on the receiving end of some good comedy. He recently told 24 Frames which movie had him laughing this year:
" 'Bridesmaids' was great. Kristen [Wiig] was incredible in that, showing such a range of attitudes. She's doing pretty well for herself. I remember when the movie first came out there were all those articles saying, 'It's your responsibility to go see "Bridesmaids" so there can be more female-centric comedies.' I wanted to write a joke that, what, it's everyone's responsibility to go see 'Fast Five' so there can be more movies with fast cars in them?"
Wiig also co-wrote the film, a likely contender for a Golden Globe nomination, in which she plays a maid of honor leading a colorful crew of bridesmaids on a wild ride. Like Ansari, Wiig is well known for her role on a comedy series, in her case "Saturday Night Live." Down the line, she will reunite with many of her "Bridesmaids" cast mates, including John Hamm, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd, in the parenthood dramedy "Friends With Kids" (a release date has not been set).
What did you think of Wiig in "Bridesmaids," and what other comedies impressed you this year? And just what will it take to get more movies with fast cars in them? Let us know in the comments below.
— Oliver Gettell
Photo: Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times