We Hate Hurricanes: Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman & Beck
Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on February 23, 1983. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Bennettsville, where he was given an accelerated education. While attending NYU Stern School of Business in 2001, Aziz began performing stand-up comedy tour dates around New York City, primarily at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and Invite Them Up in the East Village. He soon began collaborating on short films with Respecto Montalban members Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the first being "Shutterbugs". These films were supplemented by the trio's live performances and the troupe soon signed a deal with MTV to create the sketch comedy show, Human Giant.
The show completed two seasons with the option to film a third, but Aziz left after receiving the role as Tom Haverford on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation. That same year, director Judd Apatow noticed Ansari's stand-up alter ego, Randy, and decided to use the character in the film Funny People. The exposure from the role, when combined with the success of his role on Parks and Recreation, launched his acting career to the next plateau.
In 2010, Ansari received his own stand-up comedy special on Comedy Central, titled Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening. Now, Aziz's career is finally to the point where he has gone from supporting role to co-star/scene stealer, and has a number of upcoming film roles. While Aziz is working on new characters for film, he's also honing and refining his stand-up routine, including the character Randy. In 2010, Ansari embarked on Dangerously Delicious tour, which is wrapping up concert dates this summer. Tour dates in 2011 wrap up on June 26 in New Hampshire, so fans of Aziz (and Randy) on the East Coast of the US should check his schedule on Eventful. Aziz Ansari's career is set to reach new heights as it progresses; and if not, he's still got a business degree.
Will Ferrell: A graduate of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, California, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improvisation group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and former "Saturday Night Live" (1975) repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman began their careers. It was there he met Chris Kattan and the two became good friends and both went on to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) later. He has also appeared on several television programs, including "Strangers with Candy" (1999), "Grace Under Fire" (1993) and "Living Single" (1993) during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family "The Oblongs".
In 1995 he became a feature cast member at "Saturday Night Live" (1975) during the show's rapid re-casting. He was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest "Saturday Night Live" (1975) cast member ever. During his seven year run he is one of the few cast members to ever be nominated for an Emmy for a performance and played George W. Bush during the 2000 elections. He's appeared in every "Saturday Night Live" (1975) movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left "Saturday Night Live" (1975) and was the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since leaving the show Will has pursued a career in films. In 2000 he married and now lives in L.A.
Sarah Silverman: Never has anybody so pretty made so many people uncomfortable as stand-up comedienne Sarah Silverman; especially eye to eye with her on a tour date. The writer/comedienne/actress is well known for her subject matter that makes fun of nearly every social and ethnic group on the face of the planet, including her own Jewish heritage. She's written for hilarious stand-up tour dates, acted in humorous television shows and movies, and released her own frolicsome stand-up special, Jesus is Magic. Despite the truckload of fame Silverman has experienced, she still finds time for stand-up, bringing crowds around the world to tears on her occasional comedy tour dates. While there are no tour dates in 2011 for Sarah Silverman, it usually means that she's up to hilarious hijinks on-screen.Sarah Silverman's first stand-up performance at the age of seventeen incorporated her musical talent, as she performed a rendition of her original song, "Mammaries". Silverman's career really began to take off when, in 1993, she was hired as a writer on Saturday Night Live. Despite her recognizable talent, nearly none of her sketches made it to the live shows and she was fired a year later by fax. Ever the trooper, Sarah Silverman continued tour dates as a stand-up comedienne, waiting for her next big break. The setback didn't seem to hinder Silverman, as in 1995 she began appearing on Mr. Show with Bob and David, and shortly after gained a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show. In the late 90's, Silverman began receiving bit roles in major movies, the most notable of which is as one of the title-character's girlfriends in There's Something About Mary. Silverman continued to play these roles throughout the late 90's/early 2000s, as well as performing stand-up on national tour dates. She caught a break in 2002 with a role as an insufferable girlfriend in The School of Rock. The same year, she also joined the cast of Crank Yankers, a show that played recorded prank phone calls that were later acted out by puppets. Sarah hit the big time with her 2005 stand-up comedy special, Jesus is Magic. The special featured Silverman's signature shocking style as well as a number of comedy skits and musical numbers developed on stand-up tour dates in small clubs. In the wake of the special's success, Silverman moved from small to leading roles in films, eventually scoring her own show on Comedy Central, conveniently titled The Sarah Silverman Program. With the show now gone, fans are looking forward to the next project the riotous comedienne has in store. While Sarah Silverman has no stand-up tour dates in 2011 Fans are also looking forward to future tours from Sarah Silverman to check out new material and to see Sarah raw and uncensored.