Aziz Ismail is back in the studio, and the comedian is ready to talk about how he made a TV show, his next album, his new film, and why he’ll never let his kids be on stage together.
In a special interview with Esquire’s Ryan Holiday, Ansari talks about his recent HBO series, his forthcoming Netflix series, the new Netflix comedy, the fact that he has to take time off to deal with the death of his mom, and much more.
I just wanted to say, you know, I’m not ready for this.
I’m just not ready.
I mean, I’ve been working on this for so long.
I don’t want to say that I was born in a million years or anything like that.
I think it’s a pretty good thing that we’re here, because I’m kind of in a bit of a bubble right now, which is kind of what you would expect to be with an actor like me.
I’ve known people in my life who’ve been in it for 20 years.
I know people who’ve done it for 30.
But it’s not like I was like, I’ll never do it.
I think it’d be a pretty strange place to be.
And I’m sure it’s kind of strange to be in when you’re writing the show and you’re in it, but it’s good to see that you’re going for it, because the show is really good.
It was definitely a little difficult when I got out.
I was so nervous that I didn’t know if I was going to do it or not.
And then I got to the airport and I had the whole news thing in my head, because it’s the second time I’ve had to do this.
I didn’t realize I was actually in an airport for two hours, until my phone started ringing.
I called my mom and she said, You’re not supposed to be here.
It’s a little weird.
I knew I had to go because it was the first time I was here in a week.
I went straight from the airport to my hotel room, and then I started thinking, I have to be ready.
It was just like, What the hell am I going to tell my kids?
I was just kind of, “You know, you guys are in for a real surprise, right?”
And I was thinking, Oh my god, I think I’m ready.
You know, if it’s OK with you, I can go to the bathroom and have a cup of coffee and then get dressed and get to the stage.
I had no idea.
I just didn’t.
I thought I was in the middle of a thing.
But I didn, and that was OK.
I got a lot of positive feedback on Twitter, and I got emails from people who said, I said, “Oh, this is so cool,” and it’s funny, because people are always going to say stuff like that, because you’re so nervous.
And so I didn