I would love to sit and eat pasta with Aziz Ansari. I am a major fan of his going back to his "Treat yo' self" days on the NBC sitcom PARKS AND RECREATION and his cameo in the sci-fi, end of the world apocalypse comedy THIS IS THE END. Aside from being a fan, I am so proud of him and grateful for the trailblazing he's done with MASTER OF NONE. His shows reflect the diverse, multi-cultural world that I know as a person who was a kid in South Central L.A. and a man who lived in New York for twenty years. Aziz acts, directs and writes for MASTER OF NONE. He gives me a reflection of my world and my sensibilities that I didn't often see on mainstream network TV and movie screens. I love Aziz Ansari as Dev, a New York actor, on Netflix's MASTER OF NONE.
If you love Vittorio De Sica's classic, THE BICYCLE THIEF, you will love the Season 2 opener of MASTER OF NONE. If you've seen that 1948 Italian film, you will appreciate this episode even more.
The next episode is called RELIGION. Another winner. Dev's parents are in this one! Fabulous. I was hoping Dev's parents -- who are really Aziz's parents -- would be back for the second season. This episode is very funny and gives you some Hindu realness. It's about religion and its rules, rules that may not make a whole lot of sense when you really think about it. I'm Catholic. We were forbidden to eat meat on Fridays. So, when I was a kid, I was basically taught that if I ate a cheeseburger on a Friday, crossed the street and got hit and killed by a truck while I was headed home from the burger joint, my soul would go straight below and I could be seated next to officers from Hitler's Third Reich. Simply because I ate a cheeseburger on a Friday.
That episode not only made me laugh, it made me want to send out for some barbecue pork ribs. That's all I'm sayin'. I am so grateful to the crew for the wit and wisdom of these shows.