In a first for an Indian American actor, the very talented and hilarious Aziz Ansari earned a lead acting-comedy Emmy nomination when the nominees were announced for the 68th primetime Emmy Awards July 14. Ansari and his much acclaimed comedy-drama TV series on Netflix, “Master of None,” have won four Emmy nominations in some of the most coveted categories: ‘Lead Actor in a Comedy Series’; ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’; ‘Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series’; and ‘Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.’ The series, which he co-created with Alan Yang, follows Dev (Ansari) as he navigates dating and life in New York.
For the lead comedy actor award, the prolific stand-up comedian will be competing against Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
For the best comedy series, “Master of None” is pitted against “Veep” (HBO), “Transparent” (Amazon), “Silicon Valley” (HBO), “Modern Family” (ABC), “black-ish” (ABC) and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix).
In the directing category, he is up against Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”), Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”), Jill Soloway (“Transparent”), Dave Mandel (“Veep”), Chris Addison (“Veep”) and Dale Stern (“Veep”).
Ansari shares the writing nomination with Yang, and the two will be facing off against Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”), Dan O’Keefe (“Silicon Valley”), Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”), David Mandel (“Veep”) and Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck (“Veep”).
Season 2 of the series is set to premiere sometime in 2017. Recently Ansari, 33, said he wants to make sure there are more people of color on the second season of the show.
“I’m friends with Chris Rock, and I’ve seen how he really takes that initiative to foster talent and to look out for people, and I think it’s really important,” he said while he was a guest on the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” series. “It’s kind of a responsibility we have once we kind of get to a certain place to look out for people, and I’ve really tried to do that in Season two of my show.”
The 68th Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sept. 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the event, which will be broadcast live.