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Aziz Ansari to Receive Variety’s Power of Comedy Award

Aziz Ansari will receive Variety‘s fifth annual Power of Comedy Award, the publication announced Tuesday.

The comedian and actor will be feted at the Power of Comedy event presented by TBS, taking place Dec. 11 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event will again support the The Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers.

“We are thrilled to host the 5th annual Variety Power of Comedy event, an evening dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. This year’s featured talent is truly outstanding,” said Michelle Sobrino, published of Variety. “We are fortunate to have an amazing group of performers join us in honoring Aziz Ansari. The Power of Comedy is one of the funniest events in the entertainment industry and Variety is particularly grateful to TBS, our presenting sponsor, for making it possible.”

The evening will feature performances by Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Kroll and Tig Notaro, with more performers to come.

Ansari has starred in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” which is about to embark on its seventh and final season, since its first season in 2009. He’s is currently on a stand-up tour, and his stand-up special “Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” hit Netflix on Nov. 1, 2013. Ansari’s film credits include “This is the End,” “Funny People,” “I Love You, Man,” “Observe and Report” and “30 Minutes or Less.”

This year’s gala is presented by TBS and will bring together over four hundred VIP guests, including some of Hollywood’s most talented comedians.

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