Master of None is Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut and his most personal work to date. The show, which has been certified fresh at 100% on RottenTomatoes, will soon return for a second season on Netflix. Stay tuned for part two, coming very soon!
Number Fifteen: Dev’s Parents Are Aziz’s Actual Parents
Aziz needed two Indian actors to play Dev’s parents on the show, but was struggling to find the right people to do it… So he just hired his own parents instead. Despite them not being real actors, the audience just loved them both.
Number Fourteen: Master of None Is Dedicated to Harris Wittels
Wittels was one of the writers, actors and producers of Parks and Recreation. He sadly passed away in 2015 due to a drug overdose. Harris, who also wrote and produced Master of None, never got to see the final product, nor the audience reactions to it. Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show creators, dedicated the series to him.
Number Thirteen: Aziz Also Interned for Nickelodeon
The show borrows many elements from Ansari’s personal life. Like his character, the actor also did an internship at Nickelodeon. He confessed this via his Twitter account a few months ago.
Number Twelve: Aziz’s Brother Was One of the Show’s Writers
It’s all about the Ansari family here. Aziz published on Twitter that his brother, Aniz, was a staff writer for the show and actually got some of his favorite jokes.
Number Eleven: Someone Actually Took a Girl on a Date to a Different City
In episode six, Dev takes his love interest Rachel to Nashville for a day trip. That is based on the experience of one of the writers of the show, who actually took a date to a different city just for the day.
Number Ten: The Real Hospital Story
“Parents”, the second episode, features a really sad scene that actually happened to Aziz’s dad in real life. In the scene, new doctors working at the hospital get treated to lunch at a steakhouse. However, Dev’s dad, who just started working there after moving to the U.S., gets told to just “go to the cafeteria.” Again, this was taken from Shoukath Ansari’s personal experience.
Number Nine: ‘Parents’ Made Aziz’s Friends Cry
“Parents” is, without a question, the most emotional and influential episode in the series, and it really hit the millennial audiences, many of whom can relate to the situations on screen. Apparently, that episode made his friends (and fans) cry big time. “Yeah, it’s one of those things where we thought it was a special episode when we were making it, but we didn’t know it would have the response that it did.”
Number Eight: Busta Rhymes Improvised His Lines
Well, not all of his lines. But the most iconic ones. The American hip hop artist was invited for a cameo on “Indians on TV” and did a great job. According to Ansari, the musician knew all of his lines by heart and improvised some of them, including one of his personal favorites: “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go f–k with some of those shrimp.” Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!