Ansari is an american stand-up comedian and actor. He is perhaps best known for his acting roles in the film 'Funny People' and the television series 'Parks and Recreation', as well as for his character, "Raaaaaaaandy". 
A New York Times article by Dave Itzkoff, "Feeding the Comedy Beast Without Serving Leftovers", from June 3, 2010 contained the following addendum:
"In an earlier version of this article, Michael Schur, the co-creator of "Parks and Recreation," partly described Mr. Ansari as a Muslim. Mr. Ansari describes himself as an atheist."