Thursday March 13, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
From the venue:Just call Aziz Ansari the $3.5 million man. Thatâ€™s the amount of the advance the â€œParks and Recreationâ€ star pocketed from Penguin Books for an upcoming release about love in the digital age. But hereâ€™s the catch. Youâ€™re helping him write it. The comedian best known for observation humor and a high-pitched voice has already taken to social media to solicit anecdotes from fans with the disclaimer that they may be published. Heâ€™s the latest in a steady stream of hyphenated entertainers stringing together crowd-sourced books from their followersâ€™ streams of consciousness. Not that his topic isnâ€™t worthy of deep social probing. He intends to investigate how dating in the Internet Age is basically more screwed than itâ€™s ever been in human history. â€œYou know when you text someone youâ€™re romantically interested in and you donâ€™t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram?â€ Ansari says, laying out his premise. â€œThatâ€™s exactly what I want this book to deal with.â€ Though it isnâ€™t due to hit shelves until September 2015, itâ€™s safe to assume heâ€™ll be testing out tidbits on the audience when he visits the Fox Theatre.