Aziz Ansari Honored with Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy

American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2017 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards held in Los Angeles Friday.
The award "recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy."
The comedian was just as hilarious in his acceptance speech, poking fun at the pressures of receiving honors, the bad food at award functions, and the irony of flying from London to Los Angeles to accept a British award.
Ansari, co-creator and star of Netflix laffer Master of None, is the first South Asian to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, both times for the same show. The comedian, however, has won the Emmy Award in comedy writing two years in a row.
"[Ansari’s] recent streak of ground-breaking work makes him a deserving recipient," says BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. "Aziz’s thoughtful and intelligent humor seamlessly traverses cultural and national boundaries."
The star is also known for his character Tom Haverford, appearing in all seven seasons of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. The artist has lent his voice to animated series such as Bob’s Burgers and films including Epic and Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2015, he released "Modern Romance," his New York Times-bestselling book about dating in a world consumed by technology.





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