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Mindy Kaling: Seriously Funny

Posted By Ushi Patel, about an American Ways Magazine Article



I found this inspiring delight as I settled into my American Airlines seat for a long flight to the East Coast. It’s a quick and fun read about Mindy Kaling’s incredible career. Every time I think everyone knows who she is I run into a random and clueless uncle who doesn’t. I find it so inspiring and motivating to read about people’s accomplishments and in this article Mindy serves up strength, confidence, talent, wit, and beauty.

Even though I am so annoyed at her character Danny (yes, my emotions are slightly confused between reality and TV which means she’s really good at what she does), I am grateful that she’s paved the way for women and artists everywhere. Not only did she choose an unconventional path (in industries dominated by “the man”), she brings excellence every step of the way.

You can read the full article here, or check out some highlights below:

  • Kaling’s professional life started in earnest in 2004, when, at the age of 24, she began writing for and co-starring in The Office, NBC’s adaptation of the British series. Once it became known that the person who portrayed the hilariously venal airhead Kelly Kapoor also wrote for the show, Kaling became a hot property. She was eventually promoted to executive producer, but prior to the show’s ninth and final season, she decided to leave to create her own series.

  • Kaling’s work is also part of an interesting cultural inversion. While male comedians are increasingly toying with sensitive portrayals of masculinity—think Aziz Ansari’s Master of None or Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—Kaling and her peers have gone the opposite way, creating female characters who are lewd, self-absorbed or downright flaky.

  • In addition to being a champion for women’s rights, Kaling is also expected to address race, and has drawn fire for joking about negative stereotypes rather than combatting them.

  • Late last year, she flew to New York to join cast members of Ocean’s 8, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.


  • Kaling describes working on Ava DuVernay’s sci-fi drama A Wrinkle in Time—adapted from the 1962 young adult novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Oprah, Reese and especially Ava—they don’t just want to create something great as a product. They want to push forward culture in some way.


  • Kaling recently wrote wrote a movie about a talk show host (Emma Thompson) and its first female writer (Kaling).


  •  Champions, a series she created with Mindy Project executive producer Charlie Grandy, was picked up by NBC in May, beating out another comedy from one of Kaling’s idols, Tina Fey. The new sitcom is set in a gym and features two brothers, one of whom (Anders Holm) has a gay, half-Indian son. Kaling will have a recurring role as the boy’s mother.
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