But between a recent two months writing a script in Japan, and a trip to New York City for the annual Met Gala, the Master of None creator and star found time to sit down with Vogue in Los Angeles for a comical round of 73 Questions. His next destination? A vacation in Italy, a country whose language, he reveals, he speaks with ease. And geographically speaking, Ansari isn’t stopping there—he even has jokes he’d like to blast to outer space.
Over a homemade fruit smoothie (an ode to L.A.), Aziz talks about family. His brother, he shares, is his favorite person to write with. And his parents’ funniest moments happen to be in direct response to the shenanigans of the other. They’re also the first people to call him with good news, with the exception of fellow actor and comedian Eric Wareheim, of course.
Ansari’s tell-all makes reference to a number of celebrity friends, in fact. From the nickname Amy Poehler’s children gave him, to a lighthearted secret about Chris Pratt, to his favorite memory with Kanye West, Ansari has no shortage of flawlessly comedic anecdotal one-liners. A turn of phrase he’s especially comfortable serving up? “I’m hungry,” which Ansari shares swiftly in six different languages.
This worldly ability to communicate hunger isn’t for naught. The actor reveals that the most delicious food in the world is in Tokyo, he has too many favorite tacos to list, and, if tasked with opening a food truck, would dedicate said business venture to lasagna. With the Met Gala just hours away, he even makes a special request of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour herself: “Anna, please seat me next to the area where they bring out the little pigs in a blanket,” he says sternly into the camera.
But the Met Gala won’t just be about tiny hot dogs for Aziz, whose fashion icon is currently suave mid-20th century Italian film actor Marcello Mastroianni. He also toys with the idea of reviving the writing-on-bottom sweatpants trend, but with protest-culture optimization. He suggests a quippy “#jointheconversation” as possible adornment. And, as we learned from a recent interview with the entertainer, much of his comedy is meant to bring people together in conversation. His advice for speaking to women seems to perfectly encapsulate this broader theme. “Be honest,” he says, “be yourself, try to connect with them, hope for the best.” Wise words.