Love in the Time of Algorithms
If you needed any more evidence we live in the age of the TED Talk, it seems even celebrities aspire to be popular science writers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, comedian Aziz Ansari–i.e., Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation–has signed a deal with Penguin Press to write a book (his first, due September 2015) about how technology has disrupted singlehood. We’re not just talking riffing or Bossypants-style essays, either. Apparently Mr. Ansari plans to “conduct original research” and with “noted academics.”
Fun with Data
Aziz Ansari is apparently using analytics so his jokes don’t bomb. He’s in the middle of a series of “intimate shows” in New York and Montreal to prepare for an upcoming stand-up special, but it’s not open to all. Instead, he’s selling $10 ($10.48 CAD) tickets via a lottery of people who fit into certain demographics.
Sorry, did you think Internet awards season was over? Hate to break it to you, but not even close: Vimeo, the upscale video sharing platform, just announced its shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Vimeo Festival and Awards. The event features some pretty sweet judges, including swag comedy favorite Aziz Ansari judging the “Series” category and Important Actor Person/sleepy NYU student James Franco judging “Narrative.”
Our boo Aziz Ansari, Parks and Rec star and comedian extraordinaire, announced via Twitter today that he was pulling a Louis C.K. and offering his new standup special, “Dangerously Delicious,” online only. Fans just have to enter their email address and pay $5, and they can stream or download the special directly from Mr. Ansari’s website.
With Super Tuesday looming, President Obama cut a swath through New York City last night, attending four separate fundraisers, beginning his evening in a Manhattan penthouse. The big ticket events of the night both happened in Union Square, starting with a $35,000-a-plate dinner at ABC Kitchen, run by celebuchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and then moving onto ABC Carpet & Home showroom, where Aziz Ansari made a special appearance and both The Roots and Ben Folds put on a show for the “young, hip-looking crowd.”
In seven hours, he managed to raise $5 million.
The press has focused on high-profile attendees like Deepak Chopra and Russell Simmons, as well as the turnout from the upper echelons of Wall Street. Indeed, Republicans would probably love to make stumping in front of an $18,000 piece of driftwood this season’s $400 haircut. But under the radar, New York techies also showed up–and paid up!–for the Democratic cause, and the ancillary bonus of getting to watch Questlove bang on some drums.