Aziz Ansari

The Parks and Recreation star schools us on Twitter success and being scared of babies.

The fandom around the show is also rabid. I've seen fan fiction, websites and memes devoted to Parks and Rec characters.
Yeah, it's so flattering! We see all of that stuff. There was [an in-store promotion] at a Whole Foods in Oakland where they drew me in the bathrobe from the "treat yo self" episode ["Pawnee Rangers"]—and that was a really fun episode to do, because we were just hanging out at spas and stuff—but they drew that and [added the caption] TREAT YO SELF! BODY CARE TREATMENTS! [Laughs]

What's been your favorite fan meme?
That Whole Foods thing made me laugh. I thought the people who made Tom Haverfoods ( did a really good job—that cracked me up. There's some great Ron Swanson stuff. The one that really cracked me up was a bunch of photos of Ron Swanson that were all like [makes impassive, Ron Swansonesque facial expression], and then there's one in the corner where he's drunk.

People do get really creative. I feel like we're seeing this more, with shows like Parks and Rec or Community—there are these really devoted, Internet-driven fan bases that never really existed for sitcoms before.
When I was a kid, I used to do stuff like that for The A-Team, but there wasn't Internet yet, so it was useless.

You interact with people on Twitter quite a bit. Do you ever use Twitter as a way to work out material, or is it more a place for you to goof off?
More the latter. What's cool about Twitter is that you can make a joke about something very of-the-moment or random that I wouldn't be able to joke about in stand-up.

Do you try to keep up with all of the people who reply to or retweet you?
There's just too many people. If I did that, I wouldn't be able to do anything else. It's not out of meanness. But there are people who'll come up to me and be like, "Hey man, I wrote you on Twitter, you didn't write back!" And I'm like, "I know!" [Laughs]

You should hire a Twitter intern to take care of that for you.
I'm going to hire a young boy to go through all of my tweets, and if there's anything that seems important, I'll have him e-mail it to me. If there's anyone reading that wants to do that...

GQ just published an article about a trip you took to Japan in 2010 with David Chang and James Murphy that was inspired by a tweet that you sent.
Yeah, that was amazing! I can't believe that happened.

Were you expecting anything to come of it?
No. Both of those guys are good friends of mine, and the three of us travel so much that we're rarely in the same city, but when we are, we try to get food or whatever. I was stunned that we were able to figure it out.

This issue is all about self-improvement and ways to upgrade your life. Are you into self-improvement or self-help?
I exercise. I go to spas every now and then. I like good food, and good cocktails and drinks.

Any New Year's resolutions for you?
No. My New Year's resolution is to keep eating delicious food. [Laughs]

Parks and Recreation airs Thursdays at 8:30pm on NBC.

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