Actor, stand-up comic and sitcom star Aziz Ansari's appeal might best be explained by his "favorite" racial stereotype, which serves as the premise for a bit in his third special, Buried Alive: "Black dudes are blown away by magic tricks." At his most excitable, the comedian is just like the guys he describes in this joke, repeating "That's amazing!" over and over while having to "reassess existence from the ground up" because something has blown his mind. Ansari's own overriding sense of joy and silliness informs all of his comedy, from the ridiculous neologisms of Parks and Recreation's Tom Haverford to the foulmouthed "fuck tales" of Funny People's meta-hack comic Randy (or rather, Raaaaaaaaaandddyyyy).
Now, after nearly 15 years of performing, four hour-long specials and having sold out Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, Ansari is set to follow in the footsteps of powerhouse comics-turned-auteurs such as Louis CK and Chris Rock. In advance of his new Netflix series Master of None — a Louie-like day-in-the-life sitcom following Dev, an Indian-American actor trying to make ends meet in New York — here are 10 of the comedian's best lines to date. (Keep in mind that the list makes no distinction between jokes that Ansari wrote himself, had written for him or ad-libbed something in between.) Treat yo self and read on.