Aziz Ansari to be Honored with Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award

Aziz Ansari will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, according to Deadline. The award ceremony is set to take place at the Beverly Hilton this month.

Ansari’s comedy career began with several stand-up comedy gigs throughout New York City during the comedian’s college years. He eventually went on to star in all seven seasons of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

Together with Alan Yang, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for “Master of None,” which streams on Netflix. Ansari also wrote and released a book, “Modern Romance,” which examines the dating and marriage habits of millennials, a topic he touched on in his 2015 Netflix comedy special, “Live at Madison Square Garden.”

The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award is presented to the individual whose career in comedy, television and film has been dedicated to “advancing the art form of the moving image.” In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, BAFTA LA chairman Kiernan Breen said that “[Ansari’s] thoughtful and intelligent humor seamlessly traverses cultural and national boundaries, and we are delighted to shine our spotlight on his incredible talents this year.”  

Ansari is the latest addition to a distinguished line of BAFTA LA honorees, which currently includes Dick Van Dyke for an Excellence in Television award and Stanley Kubrick for an Excellence in Film award.