If I weren’t such an unmotivated lazy, I would be full-on stalking Aziz Ansari. He’s one of the funniest men in comedy right now and basically everything he does makes me do this really unflattering snorting thing. So, thank goodness he’s maybe going to host the 2010 MTV Movie Awards! I have mixed feelings about the MTV Movie Awards in general, but with Aziz Ansari taking over, they’re guaranteed to be awesome and we’ve come up with 10 reasons why!
- Raaaaaaaandy! If you saw “Funny People,” you’ve already seen Aziz’s alter-ego, Raaaaaaandy, at work. Randy is an extreme version of Ansari who comes on stage making it rain, with a DJ and hip-hop dancers. There will almost definitely have to be an appearance from Raaaaaaaandy during the awards show … and there’d better be a musical performance! [Funny Or Die]
- “Parks and Recreation.” “Parks and Recreation” is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, and a good amount of credit should be given to Aziz for the show’s superior comedy. As Parks employee Tom Haverford, Aziz is outwardly brash and confident, but secretly brooding and sensitive. Just like men should be.
- He’s Good With Celebs. As demonstrated in his “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening” stand-up routine, Aziz totally geeks out over celebrities. He did a hilarious bit about trying to flirt with M.I.A. and bonding with Kanye. As far as I’m concerned, the more celebrities Aziz meets, the better because he makes even the jerkiest characters seem outlandishly hilarious.
- He Knows Music. Not that MTV has much to do with music anymore, but Aziz has been working on a mix tape with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, which has no release date yet, but as the man says, “We’ll put that s**t out when we want.” And we’ll wait patiently. I guess. [The Fader]
- He Hasn’t Even Peaked Yet. I know he’s a big deal now, but Aziz is only just beginning his steady rise to fame. With a three movie deal signed with Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of his work. Woohoo! [Variety]
- He Knows The Network. Aziz was a member of the “Human Giant” sketch series on MTV, so he knows what kind of programming those kids are into. That doesn’t mean he watches all of it though, he once said, “Some of the shows on the network [MTV] are not my cup of tea … mainly because I don’t like huge pieces of s**t in my tea.” Ooh, burn! [City Warez]
- He’s Already Familiar With The Popular Movies. Last week, Aziz caught up with Twilight’s “New Moon” installment, live Twittering his reactions, which were, of course, amazing. Some of these tweets included, “Still can’t figure out if I’m #TeamJacob or #TeamEdward or #TeamAsianKidwithGlassesThatGoestoSchoolwithEm…” and “If you stop a van from hitting a girl, don’t be such a dick about it. Be like, “Look baby, I’m a vampire. That’s how.” #EdwardisBeingaDick” Knowing MTV, “New Moon” will be taking home a lot of those golden popcorn cartons in June, and Aziz already has something witty to say about it. [Twitter]
- He Makes The Most Random Jokes. I feel like awards shows rely on so many of the same shticks, but Ansari always manages to surprise me with the randomness of his references. During his stand-up routine, he touches on “Willow,” Coldstone Creamery, “Mighty Ducks 2,” and sheet thread counts, for starters. They feel like inside jokes that anyone tuned into pop culture can appreciate.
- He’s Down With Youngsters. I’m guessing from MTV’s programming that its audience is generally the under-21 set with whom most of us are losing touch. I just figured out who Justin Bieber was last week from a commercial that came on while I was watching re-runs of “What I Like About You” on Nick, but apparently Aziz has known for a while because he’s already made a Funny or Die video accusing Bieber of stealing Aziz’s music, smoking all his weed, and shooting him in the knee. And he can get away with it because everyone loves him. [Funny Or Die]
- He’s Way Funnier Than, Well, Anyone. Who else could possibly take on the MTV awards this year? Andy Samberg or Jimmy Fallon again? Boooring. I don’t think any male comedian has shown better showmanship this year than Aziz Ansari, and frankly, this is the best thing that’s happened to MTV since “Jersey Shore.” Screw vampires, I’m on Team Aziz!