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Ansari took part in his third AMA (or, Ask Me Anything) chat on Thursday night, just as his NBC comedy was making its season five debut. For the most part, he answered questions about the show, his standup comedy career, and perhaps most significantly, his deep and unabiding love for Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ansari has corresponded with the former California governor on Twitter, as he sought to win a contest that would see Schwarzenegger record an outgoing voicemail message for his phone. Asked about whether he got Arnold to provide the audio, Ansari excitedly answered, “YES! I think he’s recording a voicemail with T-2 and Kindergarten Cop lines. So nuts.”
He also said that if he could have any guest star on Parks and Recreation, it would be “ARNOLD,” joked that he was next starring in Jingle All the Way 2, and that if he could have any role, it would be the T-1000 from the Terminator.
As for the rest of the chat, here are some highlights.
Everyone says this about everyone, but he is the nicest, sweetest man. And he always carries me in his arms from the trailer to the sets.
On Parks and Rec co-star Chris Pratt:
I say this about everyone but seriously, Chris is the sweetest, funniest guy. He always also never uses a spit bucket. When you do scenes where a character is eating, you eat and then spit it out into a “spit bucket.” Chris just keeps eating. If you see Andy eating a cheeseburger in a scene, you should know Chris Pratt ate like 8 cheeseburgers. I love that guy and everyone on Parks. Cannot over state this!*
*Does not include Jerry
Note that Jerry (played by Jim O’Heir) is the universally (and inexplicably) reviled character on the show, and during his AMA, Offerman refused to acknowledge his existence.
On what he’s excited for fans to see:
Yesterday we filmed a scene where Jean Ralphio and I sang a song that goes “MAKE! MAKE! MAKE! MAKE! MAKE THOSE BOOTIES CLAP!”
On fan confusion:
People tweet me like “Yo I just said hi to you in Austin and you were a dick.” Meanwhile, I’m in New York. Indian dudes with beards, PLEASE CARRY YOURSELF IN A RESPECTABLE MANNER! I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE REPERCUSSIONS OF YOUR DOUCHEBAGGERY!!!
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