Aziz Ansari On Kanye, Shading Chris Brown & Master Of None Season 3

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Aziz Ansari is probably one of the most likable guys in Hollywood. This is an easy assumption to make, as the 34-year-old actor has a great sense of humor, an eclectic friend groups (remember when he went to Lorde's birthday party with Taylor Swift?), and a pretty stellar career. With the impending release of the second season of his hit (and Emmy-award winning) Netflix series, out May 12, Ansari is hot on the press trail — which means we are learning some key information about the Parks and Recreation alumnus. In a wonderful profile with New York Magazine, the comedian reveals some very, very important information on a range of topics: Kanye West, Master of None, red states, and the volatile rapper known as Chris Brown.
In a nutshell, Ansari is a smart and hilarious guy. He knows how to bounce from one topic to another, seamlessly easing in and out of serious topics (like the stereotypes the media often lays on "red states") and what it's like being friends with West (especially after the year he's had). It's hard to not find everything the actor and New York Times bestselling author says wildly entertaining, because it is. So, enter the wild world that is Ansari's life on-and-off the screen. As much as he claims to be a normal guy, his days are anything but average.
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On his delightfully random friendship with Kanye West...

Oh, you didn't know that Ansari and West were buddy-buddy? Shame on you. The unlikely pair kickstarted their friendship after West attended one of Ansari's standup shows in Los Angeles and suggested they go out to a club together. Ansari obviously went (who wouldn't?) and ever since, the two have been friends. Good enough friends even for Ansari to get away with making his own knockoff video of West's infamous "Famous" track. (Yes — Ansari is friends with both West and Swift, and felt bold enough to place himself right in the middle of the most iconic feud of 2016.) And good enough friends for West to tag this iconic picture with Ansari's parents, who you may recognize as his character's parents on Master of None. To NY Mag, he admitted that he does not see West as much as he used to. And the reasoning behind it is a lot less juicy that you'd expect. "It’s like anyone, man, they get married and have kids and you never see them," he said.

This week, Ansari also ranked his favorite Yeezy albums for Vogue as part of their "73 Questions" series. The comedian placed Watch the Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the top of the list, tying as his top two picks. In second, he placed both Yeezus and The Life of Pablo, and then filled out the rest of the third, fourth, and fifth slots with West's earlier albums: Graduation, The College Dropout, and Late Registration.
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@masterofnone Season 2 debuts May 12th on Netflix. Here's a trailer for ya...

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On the possibility of a season 3...

The first season of Master of None was great. The second one will be great. And the third... may not exist. I know — I know! But a genius needs to take his time in tapping into the next big thing. When asked about the probability of it, Anzari kept his answer super vague. "I don’t know if we’re going to do a season three. I wouldn’t be surprised if I needed a looonng break before I could come back to it."

The biggest challenge for him is that much of the script is based on his life, and he's kinda burnt out of writing about his life as a single man who primarily eats food and drinks. "I've got to become a different guy before I write a third season, is my personal thought," he said. "I’ve got to get married or have a kid or something. I don’t have anything else to say about being a young guy being single in New York eating food around town all the time."
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Excited to host SNL on 1/21. See ya then.

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On shading Chris Brown..

Earlier this year, Ansari became the first South Asian celebrity to host Saturday Night Live (he was hilarious, natch), and in his monologue he said that Donald Trump was like the Chris Brown of politics (he is the best at a pop culture zinger). Afterwards, Brown took to Instagram to share his opinion of the joke: "FUCK NO!!!!!! Somebody tell ALADDIN HOP OFF MY DICK!" Which is totally what the Donald Trump of hip-hop would say.

Of the situation, Ansari sarcastically remarked: "Oh, yeah, I’m so sorry. If you work really hard on something and the only person that’s upset with it is Chris Brown, you did a fantastic job. If he’s the only guy you couldn’t reach, job well done."

Or, in other words: who cares about Chris Brown?
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On being from the South...

The profile was primarily light-hearted, except for one part, where Ansari opened up about his disdain for people using the term "red state" as a way to stereotype people from the South. "I made the show, and I’m from a red state,” he told the interviewer, after she remarked that his show is a "love letter to blue states", thus implying that he has a problem with red states (he's from South Carolina).

"Look, don’t say ‘red-staters,’ because when you say ‘red-staters,’ you’re saying, like, ‘dumb, racist people,’ and there are plenty of white people there who are not dumb, racist people. Maybe I’m just very quick to react when, as a culture, we try to paint this whole large group of people as one specific thing. Because that’s what, as a minority, you deal with all the time. It’s just people looking at you and being like, ‘You’re this. I know exactly what you are.’ And you’re like, ‘Shut up! That’s not me. You don’t know me.’ "
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