Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Best New Comedic Actor - Aziz Ansari
There are tons of up and coming comedian actors in movies these days. I love Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd and so many more great actors that make me laugh. I think it is about timing as much as anything, and I give a ton of credit to any comedian that can make a great funny movie.
I don't think it is possible to rank the funniest actors these days, because there is so much amazing talent out there.
But... There is one actor that I think is amazing, and I hope his career continues to grow and he gets the exposure that I think he deserves. His name is Aziz Ansari, and he is best known in his role as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. He also has cracked me up in his roles in movies such as Get Him to the Greek, Funny People and Observe and Report.
Ansari's performance has received notable praise from critics, including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of 2009’s “Breakout TV Stars,” TV Guide naming him a “Scene Stealer” and Yahoo! TV placing him in the number one spot on their list of “TV MVPS.
If you have not seen Aziz on TV or on film, I strongly urge you to take the time to check out one of his films. He will be showing up in Ruben Fleischer's (director of Zombieland) new film 30 Minutes or Less, which is a movie about two fledgling criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery driver and force him to rob a bank within 30 minutes.
In the action-comedy "30 Minutes or Less," Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.
If you haven't seen Aziz, check out this short clip from NBC's Parks & Recreation, where he is out at a bar and runs into his boss out on a date with an older gentleman from another town...