Aziz Ansari has wasted no time jumping from one series to another, coming off the end of Parks and Recreation earlier this year to a new Netflix show, Master of None. This time around, Ansari takes center stage as a 30-year-old actor living in New York, and his character leans more closely toward his stand-up than the goofy, bumbling Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec.
Master of None sees Ansari riffing on some of his favorite subjects, as demonstrated throughout his various comedy specials and his recent book, Modern Romance: dating and marriage (former SNL cast member Noel Wells plays a love interest); the fear of having kids; his experiences of being an Indian-American (his character pushes back against using an accent during an audition, which leads to a funny Ben Kingsley-as-Gandhi joke). Basically, it feels like the comedian is playing an extension of himself in a scripted show with an indie, Louie-ish feel—which sounds pretty awesome. Ansari has always cranked out astute cultural observations, and he’s charming to boot. The cast also includes his real-life parents and H. John Benjamin, he of Archer and Bob’s Burgers fame. The first season arrives Nov. 6.