A typical Aziz Ansari talk show appearance almost always contains the following three parts: 1) Discussion of his sitcom Parks and Recreation, 2) mention of his stand up comedy career and 3) jokes about his cousins Harris and Darwish.
His appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday afternoon contained all of these elements plus a cameo appearance by one of the most polarizing figures in modern South Asian history.
Ansari displayed this baby photo as part of one of his punchlines:
Pay close attention to the television screen. Who do you see? Why, it’s former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi!
DeGeneres even asks about the bizarre image. (It should be noted that neither star appears to recognize Indira G.)
Ellen: What was that you’re watching on TV there? What’s that program that you were watching?
Aziz: That was MTV Cribs.
Any guesses as to what he was really watching? Post them in the comments.
The entire interview is below (Indira’s cameo is @2:03):