Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari performs at the University of Wyoming on Oct. 26

Rolling Stone dubbed him the funniest man under 30. The Hollywood Reporter described him as "one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years." You might know him as Tom Haverford from NBC's hit show "Parks and Recreation."

Aziz Ansari will perform at the University of Wyoming later this month.

Ansari, 29, is from a small South Carolina town, where he was the only nonwhite student in his entire school. In those days he was into music, not comedy: playing guitar, listening to Led Zeppelin and Metallica. TV was not something Indian-Americans did, or so it seemed. 

"I never saw an Indian person on TV unless it was like Gandhi or a James Bond movie where he goes to India or they're showing the Kwik-E-Mart guy," Ansari told NPR last year. "There was no one Indian on TV. When I did the MTV sketch show called Human Giant around 2007, I joked around and said, 'I think I might be the first Indian person you've ever had on MTV.' And I was half-joking, but I think it may be true." 

He began doing stand-up while still a student at New York University and got noticed by Rolling Stone, who named him a "Hot Stand Up," in 2005. The rest, as they say, is history. 

He recently released a special comedy special online, called "Dangerously Delicious", and appeared in the movies “This is the End,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “I Love You, Man,” “Observe and Report” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

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