Occupation: Comedian, actor
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0
As a teenager, Ansari was already sprinting through Manhattan's comedy scene as a major headliner. Shortly after moving out west, he managed to take Hollywood by storm as well. The funniest member of the Parks and Recreation cast, a force of nature on MTV's Human Giant comedy series, a solo touring hit with a hit record to boot and a major presence online, where he blogs furiously, Ansari has clearly made it big in Hollywood, hanging out with A listers like Kanye West and collaborating with the likes of Judd Apatow.
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