It’s necessary to mention first and foremost that you should absolutely be watching Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ on Netflix.
As if you needed another reason to spend more time on everyone’s favourite incubator of chill, ‘Master of None’ has emerged as the definitive millennial comedy, one that perfectly captures what it’s like to navigate life in your late-20s/early-30s. It also offers sharp commentary on sexism, race, Hollywood, dating, growing up, and society in general, topics Ansari recently explored further in an excellent piece for the New York Times.
One of the most endearing characters in the show is Ansari’s dad, played by his actual father, who hadn’t acted a day in his life before being cast for the role. His mom also plays herself in the show.
After a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Ansari revealed that his dad took most of his annual vacation time to appear in the show, which was part of a heartfelt message that also dove into his relationship with his parents. For young professionals who don’t regularly see or talk to their parents, it’s absolutely worth reading:
My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I’m really relieved this all worked out. Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: “This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you.” I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have. I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven’t visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I’d get bored in SC. I’m an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Parents episode of our show. What’s strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE. In reality, I haven’t always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better. And if you have something like that with your family – I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life and I get terrified when my dad tells me about friends of his, people close to his age, that are having serious health issues, etc. Enjoy and love these people while you can. Anyway, this show and my experiences with my parents while working on it have been very important in many ways and I thank for you the part you all have played in it.