If the sound of the name "Ruh-Ruh-Ruh-Raaaaaaaandy!" partnered with a few DJ effects and the sight of comic actor Aziz Ansari jumping maniacally around a stage made you tingle in Judd Apatow's Funny People, then prepare yourself for what I'm about to say: Randy is getting his own movie. To paraphrase Randy himself, if you fine folks are prepared to chortle until your genitals become disconnected from your body, let me hear you say "Yes!"
Variety reports that Ansari and fellow Human Giant collaborator Jason Woliner pitched the Randy spin-off to Apatow along with two other intended Ansari vehicles, a buddy road flick about motivational speakers and an astronaut comedy. While Apatow's production company will produce all three, the report doesn't mention which of the projects will happen first.
Over at the MTV Movies Blog, Christopher Campbell notes that just last week, Apatow indicated some hesitation on Ansari's part to revisit the character of Randy. "Aziz may be concerned that more people think he's Randy than Aziz," Apatow explained. And that may be a legitimate concern for Ansari, who currently co-stars on "Parks and Recreation." His Randy characterization is so subtle, even in its bombastic raunchiness, that it's an entirely believable comic persona -- kind of a douchebag persona, but a hilarious one nonetheless. (Personally, if Ansari did nothing but "Randy" for the rest of his life, I'd be satisfied.)
More on the Randy spin-off and a video from Funny People after the jump.
But Ansari's filling out his non-Randy resume more and more, which should help balance the public awareness by the time the Randy movie gets made. He'll be seen next in a January 17 Comedy Central standup special, "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening," and appears in the Apatow-produced, Nick Stoller-directed comedy Get Me To the Gig (formerly known as Get Him to the Greek). Woliner is currently working on a Chris Elliott pilot called "Eagleheart" and, incidentally, has the most adorable IMDB profile photo ever, dating back to his days as a child actor on "Shining Time Station."
Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but it could work in a number of ways, possibly as an extension of the viral mockumentaries and filmed Randy stand-up performances made to promote Funny People, which comes to DVD and Blu-ray today. (What a coincidence!)
Watch Part 1 of the mockumentary "Raaaaaaaandy!" from the Funny People DVD and tell us how excited you are to get more of Randy on the big screen: