Comedy star Aziz Ansari at the City Opera House

Aziz Ansari is one of the biggest stars in the comedy world. Rolling Stone put him on the cover of their special comedy issue labeling him "the funniest man under 30," and The Hollywood Reporter said that he "has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years." Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series Parks and Recreation, which recently began production on its sixth season. Ansari's portrayal of government employee 'Tom Haverford' has earned critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of their "Breakout TV Stars," TV Guide naming him a "Scene Stealer" and People Magazine naming him 2011's "Funniest Dude in Prime Time." Ansari also had the much buzzed about gig as host of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

Ansari has also kept busy in the film world. His voice was featured in the Twentieth Century Fox animated hit film "Epic," and he appeared in "This Is The End" opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco. He was previously seen starring in the action comedy "30 Minutes or Less" opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride and Universal's Funny People. Additional film credits include "Get Him to the Greek," "I Love You, Man," "Observe and Report," and "Ice Age: Continental Drift."

Ansari's stand up work has been unparalleled over the past few years. His second hour-long standup special “Dangerously Delicious” was self-released online through AzizAnsari.com for $5. In 2010, he had an hour-long standup special on Comedy Central titled "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening." The special and subsequent DVD/CD were both extremely successful and both albums continue to be a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy best-seller list.

Ansari performs at the City Opera House in Traverse City Sept. 3 to 4. Purchase tickets for $30 each here.

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