"Why would anyone get married and have babies? That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard in my life"
Aziz, you’ve been debuting some new material lately. What’s it about?
I'm 29 years old, and a lot of my friends are getting married and having babies, and it all seems like a terrible idea. Why would anyone get married and have babies? That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard in my life. Or the scariest thing I've ever heard in my life.
Sounds like something Tom Haverford, your character on Parks and Recreation, would say. One of the things that separates that show from a lot of other sitcoms is that – despite some things Tom might say to Jerry – the humor isn't rooted in mean-spiritedness. The characters seem to like each other.
People say that a lot about the show, and I think that tone is something that developed as we went along. It's become the voice of the show. I like that it's our thing, and it's different.
Sometimes, yeah. Even in my stand-up, there's a lot more positivity and enthusiasm rather than negative, I-hate-everything vibes.
Yeah, it's crazy. If you think back to the first season, who would have ever thought that, like, April and Andy were going to get married? [People grow to] like all the characters, and it's interesting to see where they're going to go in their lives.
What's great about having a role like that is that you do this character for so many episodes, and you get dialed in on who this guy is and see how this character changes through so many things in their lives. If you do a movie, you're just a guy for an hour and a half.
Yeah, it's so flattering! We see all of that stuff. There was [an in-store promotion] at a Whole Foods in Oakland where they drew me in the bathrobe from the "treat yo self" episode – and that was a really fun episode to do, because we were just hanging out at spas and stuff – but they drew that and [added the caption] TREAT YO SELF! BODY CARE TREATMENTS! [Laughs]
That Whole Foods thing made me laugh. I thought the people who made Tom Haverfoods (tomhaverfoods.com) did a really good job – that cracked me up. There's some great Ron Swanson stuff. The one that really cracked me up was a bunch of photos of Ron Swanson that were all like [makes impassive, Ron Swanson-esque facial expression], and then there's one in the corner where he's drunk.
When I was a kid, I used to do stuff like that for The A-Team, but there wasn't internet yet, so it was useless.
More the latter. What's cool about Twitter is that you can make a joke about something very of-the-moment or random that I wouldn't be able to joke about in stand-up.
There's just too many people. If I did that, I wouldn't be able to do anything else. It's not out of meanness. But there are people who'll come up to me and be like, "Hey man, I wrote you on Twitter, you didn't write back!" And I'm like, "I know!" [Laughs]
You should hire a Twitter intern to take care of that for you.
I'm going to hire a young boy to go through all of my tweets, and if there's anything that seems important, I'll have him e-mail it to me. If there's anyone reading that wants to do that...
Aziz Ansari performs at the Just for Laughs.