Sarah Silverman speaks out on Al Franken, Louis CK, and Roseanne

Sarah Silverman’s been choosing empathy over antagonizing as of late, with her Hulu series I Love You, America finding the foul-mouthed comedian working to find common ground with those across the political divide. She’s also been vocal about the #MeToo movement, since several of her close friends in the comedy…

Aziz Ansari and Guillermo Del Toro celebrate Golden Globes wins with In-N-Out burgers

To consider the Hollywood cognoscenti’s post-awards celebrations is to summon images of Eyes Wide Shut-style bacchanals and waiters ferrying plates of cocaine. Or, at the very least, a sumptuous feast at some pricey Italian eatery, which is where all the Golden Globe-nominated actors shared some wine last night.

The Problem With Apu wades into a bigger issue: The evolution of comedy

No one wants to think that the pop culture they love doesn’t love them back, but that’s the situation in which people of color (any marginalized group, really) often find themselves. They’re underrepresented on screen, which makes every appearance significant—and all the more disappointing when their inclusion is…

At some point, Jon Stewart will probably have to address claims he’d never heard the Louis CK allegations

Since five women went on record with The New York Times alleging a long pattern of sexual assault from Louis CK, many in the comedy world have been suspiciously silent. While film and TV companies were quick to distance themselves from him, late night comedians—our supposed voice of moral clarity in trying times—…

Aziz Ansari tells a story “too crazy” for Master Of None at The Moth Ball

The Netflix series Master Of None is largely based on wacky and/or touching moments from co-creator Aziz Ansari’s real life, but as anyone who has been following the misadventures of the Trump administration can attest, some things happen in real life that would be too absurd for fiction. Apparently, Ansari runs into…

Master Of None ends in personal and professional devastation

Master Of None’s season two finale sees Dev through personal and professional crises, as his new business venture with Chef Jeff and his romantic month with Francesca both come crashing to their ends. At times, it’s a difficult episode to watch. But “Buona Notte” touches on the season’s central theme of what it means…

Francesca and Dev have an emotional affair on Master Of None

Even though it’s one of the season’s central ongoing storylines, Dev and Francesca’s unfurling romance hasn’t been as well developed as some of the other narratives that make up this ambitious and varied season. “Amarsi Un Po’,” at least, develops Dev’s attraction to Francesca beyond surface-level details. There’s an…

Master Of None’s “Thanksgiving” presents one of the best coming out stories on television

Thanksgiving is a loaded holiday for a lot of queer folks. For some, it means going back into the closet entirely. For others, it means going partially back in the closet. Maybe your family knows you’re gay, but they don’t want you to be “too gay” at the dinner table. Maybe only some family members know because it…

Yes, that was actually Aziz’s “little cousin Harris” in Master Of None

The religion-focused third episode of this season of Master Of None introduces Navid, who learns about the world of pork products from his cousin Dev, played by series creator Aziz Ansari. Harris Gani is the actor tasked with portraying Navid, but he’s not just any old “Harris.” Rather he’s Ansari’s “chubby cousin…

Personal and professional decisions challenge in Master Of None’s “Door #3”

It’s easy to oversimplify life’s big choices, to view decision-making as a process of choosing between this and that. But as the title of this episode of Master Of None suggests, there’s usually a “Door #3.” Television often presents characters with clear-cut choices between doors one and two. Master Of None digs…

Master Of None’s love letter to New York flips the script

Crafting a love letter to New York City certainly isn’t a groundbreaking concept in art, and yet Master Of None—with a story by Cord Jefferson and a teleplay from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang—has written a striking love letter that soars above so much of television’s depictions of the city. Even its title reflects the…

Aziz Ansari hates it when people bug him about Master Of None season 3

Being in the TV business means always fielding questions about what’s next, but Aziz Ansari is fed up with being asked about a third season of Master Of None. Ansari explained at Vulture Festival over the weekend that he feels like he needs to “live [his] life a little bit” before coming up with more episodes of the…

Master Of None finishes strong in otherwise disjointed “Dinner Party”

For three episodes in a row now, Master Of None has really dazzled me with its final shot. The sequence at the end of “Religion” that draws parallels between Dev and his father’s preferred rituals and the final shot of Dev alone on his couch at the end of “First Date,” which captures the strange solitude dating apps…

Master Of None understands dating-app culture more than most television

Master Of None has been subtly fucking around with storytelling this season, departing even more from traditional narrative structures than the first season does. Each episode this season has been a loosely structured but evocative and charming vignette, and “First Date” is a vignette made up of smaller vignettes.…

Aziz Ansari’s parents return to Master Of None for a funny, incisive meditation on “Religion”

“Religion” opens with a montage of resistant kids being dragged by their parents to their respective places of worship. Including a diverse array of religions (including Scientology, which heightens the humor a little too much), the montage suggests a widely relatable concept. But as it zooms in on Dev, starting with…

Eric Wareheim, Alan Yang, and Lena Waithe break down Master Of None season 2

Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None has had a remarkable track record of producing episodes that stand alone as their own artistic achievements. The A.V. Club wanted to get the behind-the-scenes stories on three particularly striking ones in the second season. To discuss “Le Nozze,” an Italian jaunt about lost love, we…