It was clearly not an acceptance speech that anyone expected from Aziz Ansari after the Indian American actor was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. But Ansari is a talent like no other. And he proved, with lots of humor, the reason why he deserved the comedy award that has previously honored the likes of Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
On Oct. 27 when Ansari accepted the Britannia Award, presented by BAFTA Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the humor of the situation that he flew from London to Los Angeles for this British honor wasn’t lost on him.
“This is a tremendous honor,” he said. “One thing I hate about honors is you can’t accept them from home. I tried, they said, it wasn’t possible. I was in London! I met this lovely woman there… we were drinking flat whites, eating shepherd’s pie, riding the tube. Who comes in and ruins my amazing British experience? The f***ing BAFTAs!”
This was just the beginning. The “Master of None” star went on to rant about what’s wrong with award shows, saying, “You wear the tux, some person comes to your house, puts some gunk in your hair and your face, you get in an SUV, you come here and eat this f***ing awful award show food,” and joking that Hollywood actor John Lithgow was only in attendance because “he probably hates his family and is looking for an excuse to leave the house.”
The “Parks and Recreation” actor continued to inject more humor into his speech that went on for close to three minutes, eliciting roars of laughter from the attendees.
“Then you watch the tribute reel of yourself which the most awkward thing in the world,” he continued, “you get mad about the bits they’ve picked, you imagine people who haven’t seen your shit being like, “Really, this guy?!”
After all the tongue-in-cheek jokes, Ansari cleared the air, saying, “All that stuff is just jokes, this is really a very nice thing.”
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