On Friday, Netflix released all 10 episodes of Aziz Ansari's new dramedy, Master of None.
The show was met with ubiquitous praise from both critics and streamers for its intelligent brand of early-years, Woody Allen-like comedy; its sharp take on cultural and racial issues prevalent on television; and its scarily accurate portrayal of trying to date within the complex world of New York City.
In an attempt to keep conversation flowing around the show, Ansari made himself available all weekend on Twitter and addressed quite a few questions fans had about the making of the show and the decision to include certain jokes or themes.
One of the biggest revelations Ansari shared with Twitter was just how much former Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels had to do with the show. Wittels, who died Feb. 19 from an apparent overdose, was one of the go-to writers in the comedy scene and had worked with everyone from Amy Poehler to Scott Aukerman to Sarah Silverman before his death.
Ansari said that they tried to include as many Wittels jokes as they could in the show, and some of the most notable scenes all came from his late friend.
When asked by Twitter user Rajiv Karia what the most "intrinsically Harris Wittels line/moment of the season" was, Ansari couldn't nail it down to just one.
Turtle in briefcase, dominos bit, Eminem debate. FUCCCCKKKK I miss that guy :( https://t.co/6Dyt7zS6pG— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) November 9, 2015
In an answer to a previous tweet, Ansari said that it was also Harris who came up with the hilarious Funyuns joke in the series' third episode, "Hot Ticket."
Besides including as much of Wittels' original material as they could in the show, Ansari also revealed that there were a few running inside jokes from the Parks and Rec writing room that made it, but none as funny as the Washington Breadsticks gag from the show's fourth episode, "Indians on TV."
In the sketch, Ansari goes to talk to someone about leaking an embarrassing email from a television executive who made a racist joke about Indian people. While in the meeting, Ansari discovers that the guy they're talking to has come up with the Washington Breadsticks as a replacement name for the Washington Redskins. It's one of the more memorable jokes from the episode — alongside the "is Mindy Kaling real?" question at the very end — and stemmed from his work on the aforementioned show.
Ansari also confessed that most of the situations that take place in the show, from dating to auditioning, all have seeds in his stand-up routines, and therefore, stem from events that have transpired in real life.
Yes in college I googled to see what that Indian actor was up to and was shocked https://t.co/A9FbGnQsMu— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) November 9, 2015
For example, the discovery that the actor who played the doctor in Short Circuit 2 was a white man who wore brown paint to make him appear Indian happened to Ansari while in college.
More intimately, many of the conversations and scenarios that occur in the fan-favorite episode "Mornings" were based on past relationships that he's had that.
Lot of that based on real stuff from my own relationships https://t.co/GlJaqALpvx— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) November 9, 2015
Ansari added that he created Master of None because he wanted to star in a show that he could write and have creative control over. It's obvious that the show is just as close to Ansari's heart as his past books have been.
Master of None is available to stream in its entirety right now on Netflix.