The Mindy Kaling File
KALING BY THE NUMBERS
1 Episodes of Saturday Night Live she has helped write
3 Movies she has appeared in
5’2” Her height
12 Episodes of The Office she has written.
29 Her age (she was born June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Mass.)
86 Episodes of The Office she has acted in
35,000+ Followers on Twitter
“I'm not good at anything except writing jokes. I wasn't good at sports, I wasn't good at anything artsy, ever. I think there was a real worry for a while about what I would be good at. I was just this chubby little Indian kid who looked like a nerd. I didn't have a ton of academic skills.” (A.V. Club)
“I'm Hindu, but I'm not really a practicing Hindu, so I had to do a lot of research (to write The Office’s Diwali episode). ? I was actually a little excited—I got to learn a little bit more about my culture.” (Zap2it.com)
“Nothing wrong with waking up in the clothes you wore the day before and brushing your teeth with your index finger.” (One of her tweets)
Born as Vera Mindy Chokalingam to a doctor mom and architect dad, she opted for the middle: her middle name and the middle part of her last name.
She graduated from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Mass., in 1997, then went to Dartmouth College, where she honed her comedy skills through the college’s improv troupe, the Dog Day Players. She also wrote a comic strip called “Badly Drawn Girl" for her college newspaper.
After college, she co-wrote and co-starred in the hit off-Broadway play "Matt & Ben" (about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck). The play won the New York International Fringe Festival's Best Play prize and was listed as one of Time magazine's top ten theatrical events of 2003.
A triple talent—actress, stand-up comedian and writer—Kaling was hired as a writer-performer for The Office in 2004. She plays the role of chatty and bubbly Kelly Kapoor.
Last month, NBC signed her to a two-year, seven-figure contract to develop and star in a new comedy while continuing her work with The Office. “This is my first step in a Transformers-style way to take over the whole world," she joked to Variety magazine.
KALING’S FIRST JOKE
“When I was a little kid, I wrote this play about all these characters living in a haunted house,” she told A.V. Club. “There was a witch who lived there, and a mummy. When they were all hassling him, this guy who bought the house—I can't believe I remember this—he said to them, ‘Who's paying the mortgage on this haunted house?’ I thought that was really funny when I was a little kid.”
KALING ON THE WEB
Her shopping blog
Her Twitter page
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