Star Comedian Aziz Ansari Becomes First Indo-American To Be Nominated For A Prime Time Emmy

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headerAziz Ansari2Star comedian Aziz Ansari, who has been getting critical acclaim for his Woody Allensque comedy series "Master of None", has made history by become the first Indo-American actor to land a lead comedy-acting Emmy nomination for his Netflix series.

LOS ANGELES – Star comedian Aziz Ansari, who has been getting critical acclaim for his Woody Allensque comedy series "Master of None", has made history by become the first Indo-American actor to land a lead comedy-acting Emmy nomination for his Netflix series.

Ansari is also just the fifth person of South Asian descent to be nominated in an acting category.

"I am very happy but it is a very specific accomplishment," Ansari told USA Today after the nominations were announced on Thursday.

AD-TFG-GULSHAN  updated adAnsari, who is also nominated for writing and directing "Master of None", co-created the Netflix comedy with Alan Yang.

The 33-year-old actor plays Dev, an actor trying to make it in New York. "Master of None", which is up for best comedy, crystallized diversity challenges in Hollywood in the show's fourth episode, titled "Indians" on TV.

"I think every minority actor runs into that. You hear people say things like, 'Oh, they already got the black guy.' Or, 'Oh, they already got their Asian lady.' It kind of feels like, to minority actors that I've spoken with, once they have one (minority actor cast) they're like, OK, we've placated the 'diversity issue.' That was coming from a real place," Ansari said.

Aziz AnsariCasual racism has also been also addressed in the show.

Brand-D-Logo"If you're a minority, you're experiencing all sorts of casual racism all the time. And at a certain point, you just get numb to a lot of it, and you're like, whatever."

Ansari said he he and Yang are currently busy writing season 2 of "Master of None", which will debut on Netflix next April.

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