Aziz Ansari Comes to Pomona

One of television's favorite womanizers, Aziz Ansari, will perform stand-up comedy at Bridges Auditorium on April 14th, 2011. The event is hosted by Claremont McKenna College, Pomona, Scripps, and Pitzer 5-C activities groups. Ansari, now well known for his lewd humor and fearless insults, started his career as a stand-up comedian in New York before gaining fame on YouTube.  His popularity sky-rocketed in 2009 when he began to play Tom Haverford on the comedy series Parks and Recreation, alongside Amy Poehler.  In 2010, he hosted the MTV Movie Awards and made one hilarious cameo on the TV show Flight of the Conchords as an Australian-hating fruit vendor.

Ansari's most famous impersonation is that of Randy from the film Funny People. Every now and then, you'll hear a bro imitate Ansari's "Raaaandy" bit.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg.  The "underwater" part of that film will surely make you love or hate him.  Just make sure your little sister isn't in the room listening.

When it comes to politically incorrect jokes, Ansari always provides a great delivery.  He even made an appearance on the website College Humor as a man who spontaneously--and irresponsibly--decides to adopt an orphan.

Although he may not be anyone's choice for parent of the year, Ansari was once a good student. The South Carolina native  graduated from New York University.  Ansari's talents clearly exceed comedy.  He has also written three movies and successfully sold them to major producer Judd Apatow.

But let's be real here. Ansari's biggest achievement in the past year? Sitting next to Neil Patrick Harris at the Emmy Roundtable. Now you know you're famous.

In past years, the Claremont Colleges have hosted Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters, and Margaret Cho. “But Aziz is what’s hot right now. Everybody knows him,” explains Assistant Dean of Students James Nauls.

If you happen to be one of the few that isn't familiar with Ansari, you can get acquainted with his style of humor by checking out his Tumblr. He is active on it, constantly providing social commentary on the current events of the entertainment industry.

In another impressive gig, Ansari portrays the Swagga Coach of Zach Galifianakis (if you think you don't know Galifianakis by name, you certainly know him by face; he's the funny beardie in The Hangover, Due Date, and Dinner for Schmucks).

According to that video, he only sits on things that are purple. Hopefully Big Bridges will be kind enough to accommodate.   Ansari is a celebrity, after all.  The least we can do is provide a purple chair.

The comedy show will be held at 8PM in the Big Bridges Auditorium at Pomona and will be a non-alcoholic event. Claremont College students can buy tickets for $20.  Tickets went on sale to the general public on March 14th for $40. There is a limit of 500 tickets for CMC students and 2450 tickets total.