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“Master of None” launched its first Emmys campaign Wednesday night at Beverly Hills’ Paley Media Ce...

Aziz Ansari on ‘Master of None’s’ Universality: ‘Everyone Has Drama in Their Lives’

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“Master of None” launched its first Emmys campaign Wednesday night at Beverly Hills’ Paley Media Center, where the series’ co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang joined Lena Waithe, Kelvin Yu and executive producer Michael Schur for a screening and intimate panel discussion.

The Netflix comedy, which Ansari also directs and stars in, follows the professional and personal endeavors of Dev (Ansari), a 30-year-old actor living in New York City. The series debuted on the streaming giant in early November and was renewed for a second season earlier this year.

Along with boasting a diverse group of cast and creators, the comedy’s storylines tackle relevant, relatable topics — race, sexuality, dating, immigration and the media’s representation of minorities, to name a few.

“This show is a testament to ‘white people will care about it.’ Everyone can share in everyone’s stories and troubles; it doesn’t matter what you look like,” said Ansari. “Everyone has drama in their lives. Everyone has moments that are hilarious, moments that make you cry. As long as it’s told in an interesting way and it’s well written, I think everyone can get on board.”

The show intertwines those real-world messages with storylines that capture the millennial pressures of adulthood — pressures that Yu defined as “inherently funny.”

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