It’s a new era for romance and Aziz Ansari is our trusted guide.
The funnyman’s first book, “Modern Romance,” hit bookshelves yesterday to the overwhelming excitement from fans of his stand-up comedy specials and acting roles, most notably as Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation.” To celebrate the book’s release, Ansari, 32, and co-author Eric Klinenberg read excerpts from and discussed the research process for “Modern Romance” with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott last night at NYU’s Skirball Center.
Couldn’t make it to the book launch? Here are five of Ansari’s funniest lines of the night.
On the word “bae”:
“I don’t understand how “bae” fits into culture. I think I’m too old.”
On breaking up:
“Breaking up today is hard! They still freaking pop up on Facebook and Instagram. Like ugh, go away!”
On online dating not being popular in Japan:
“Did you know it’s narcissistic to post pictures on yourself online in Japan? Guys will post, like, their cats or rice cookers.”
On Tinder’s popularity:
“People hate looking at and reading dating profiles; that’s why Tinder is so popular. You go ‘Hey, I really like this one face’ and swipe right.”
On older people and how they started dating their future spouses”
“Back then, you just introduced them your parents, and they decided ‘Okay, this person’s not a murderer.’”
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