Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari plays local government official and strip club aficionado Tom Haverford in the cult US sitcom Parks and Recreation. A stand-up since he was 19, Ansari previously co-created and starred in the MTV sketch show Human Giant, which ran for two seasons. He has appeared in such films as I Love You, Man, Get Him To The Greek with Russell Brand, and Judd Apatow's Funny People, where he played the obnoxious, loudmouth comic Randy.
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Aziz Ansari accepts a Bafta award

...and he's pretty pissed off about it

Aziz Ansari has picked up Bafta’s Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy in Los Angeles – and instantly blasted the prize.

The Master Of None creator began gratefully enough, saying: ‘This is such an honour.’

But then he added: "One thing I hate about honours is you can't accept them from home’ – claiming to have travelled to the ceremony from the UK.

‘I was in London! And I had to fly to LA from London to accept a fucking British award. That was not cool.

‘ I met this lovely woman there, we were drinking flat whites, eating shepherd's pie, riding the Tube. Who comes in and ruins my amazing British experience? The fucking Baftas!’

He said he wanted to send a video acceptance, but was told no, with producers citing the fact  John Lithgow was going to be there.

‘Who cares! He probably hates his family and he's looking for an excuse to leave the house. Ask him to accept for me. He’s going to be there anyway.

‘We've done all this shit so many times," he exclaimed. "You wear the tux, some person comes to your house and puts some gunk in your hair and on your face, you get in an SUV, you come here, you eat this fucking awful award show food.’

Then you watch the tribute reel of yourself which the most awkward thing in the world," Ansari added. "You get mad about the bits they’ve picked, you imagine people who haven’t seen your shit being like, "Really, this guy?! That wasn’t that  great".

If Charlie Chaplin saw that tribute reel he'd be like, "Jesus Christ! Please man, don’t give him a fucking award that looks exactly like me, please!"’

Ansari concluded his speech by admitting: ‘All that stuff is just jokes, this is really a very nice thing.’

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Published: 1 Nov 2017

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