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Mindy Kaling
Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and author. The creator and star of

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Mindy Kaling Kaling at Paleyfest in 2013 for The Mindy Project Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam
(1979-06-24) June 24, 1979 (age 38)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. Residence West Hollywood, California, U.S. Education Buckingham Browne & Nichols Alma mater Dartmouth College Occupation Actress, comedian Years active 2003–present Home town Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Website theconcernsofmindykaling.com Comedy career Medium Stand-up, television, film, books Genres satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy Subject(s) American culture, pop culture Relative(s) Vijay Jojo Chokalingam Notable works and roles The Office
The Mindy Project
Inside Out
Wreck-It Ralph

Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and author. The creator and star of the Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project (which originally aired on Fox), she also works as an as executive producer and writer on the show. Kaling is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor; in addition to acting on the show, Kaling was a writer, executive producer, and occasional director for the show throughout most of its run. In addition to her work on television, Kaling has written two books of essays which each have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Contents
  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 The Office
    • 2.2 The Mindy Project
    • 2.3 Upcoming comedy series
    • 2.4 Other work
      • 2.4.1 Acting
      • 2.4.2 Writing
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
      • 4.2.1 The Office writing
      • 4.2.2 The Office directing
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 Works and publications
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life

Kaling was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to parents from India, Avu Chokalingam, an architect, and Dr. Swati Chokalingam, an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN).

Kaling's parents met while working at the same hospital in Nigeria. Her father was overseeing the building of a wing of the hospital and her mother was working as an OB/GYN. The family emigrated to the United States in 1979, the same year Kaling was born. Kaling's mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. Kaling has a brother, Vijay Jojo Chokalingam.

Kaling graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997. The following year, she entered Dartmouth College, where she was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe "The Dog Day Players" and the a cappella group "The Rockapellas", creator of the comic strip "Badly Drawn Girl" in The Dartmouth (the college's daily newspaper), and a writer for the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern (the college's humor magazine).

Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in playwriting. She was a classics major for much of college and studied Latin, a subject she has been learning since the 7th grade.

Career

While a 19-year-old sophomore at Dartmouth, Kaling was an intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Kaling said she was a terrible intern, "less of a 'make copies' intern and more of a 'stalk Conan' intern."

After college, Kaling moved to Brooklyn. Kaling said one of her "worst job" experiences was as a production assistant for three months on the Crossing Over With John Edward psychic show. She described it as "depressing". During this same time, Kaling did stand-up in New York City.

In August 2002, Kaling portrayed Ben Affleck in an off-Broadway play called Matt & Ben, which she co-wrote with her best friend from college, Brenda Withers—who played Matt Damon. The play was named one of Time magazine's "Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year" and was "a surprise hit" at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. Initially, Withers and Kaling had, "for their own entertainment, mockingly pretend to be the best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; that pretending spawned 'Matt & Ben', the goofy play that reimagined how Damon and Affleck came to write the movie Good Will Hunting".

Kaling wrote a popular blog called "Things I've Bought That I Love", which reemerged on her website on September 29, 2011. The blog was written under the name Mindy Ephron, "a name Kaling chose because she was amused by the idea of her 20-something Indian-American self as a long-lost Ephron sister".

The Office Kaling in 2008

In 2004, when The Office producer Greg Daniels was working to adapt The Office from the BBC show of the same name, he hired Kaling as a writer-performer after reading a spec script she wrote. "She's very original ... If anything feels phony or lazy or passé, she’ll pounce on it."

When Kaling joined The Office, she was 24 years old and was the only woman on a staff of eight. She took on the role of character Kelly Kapoor, debuting in the series’ second episode, "Diversity Day." She wrote "Niagara", for which she was co-nominated for an Emmy with Greg Daniels. Credited with twenty-five episodes, Kaling is the most prolific writer on the staff.

In a 2007 interview with The A.V. Club, she stated that "Kelly" is "an exaggerated version of what I think the upper-level writers believe my personality is." After the "Diwali" episode, Kaling appeared with Daniels on NPR's Fresh Air.

Kaling directed The Office webisodes The 3rd Floor. She directed the season 6 episode titled "Body Language", which marked her television directorial debut. Her contract was set to expire at the end of Season 7. On September 15, 2011, she signed a new contract to stay with the show for Season 8 and was promoted to full Executive Producer status. Her Universal Television contract included a development deal for a new show (eventually titled The Mindy Project), in which she appears as an actress and contributes as a writer.

Kaling and her fellow writers and producers of The Office were nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. In 2010, she received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series with Greg Daniels for the episode, "Niagara".

The Mindy Project

In 2012, Kaling pitched a single-camera comedy to Fox called The Mindy Project, which was written and produced by Kaling. Fox began airing the series Tuesdays at 9:30 Eastern Time starting in 2012.

Kaling notes that she is sometimes described as a pioneer, as there are not yet very many Indian-American women on television.

Kaling in 2009

The series was canceled by Fox in May 2015 but was later picked up by Hulu for a 26 episode fourth season and a 16 episode fifth season. In March 2017, Kaling announced that the show's sixth season, due to air starting September 2017, would be the final season.

Upcoming comedy series

In November 2016, ABC announced that Kaling and Ed Weeks (co-star in The Mindy Project) would be teaming up to executive produce a comedy series that ABC has given script commitment to as well as ordering a pilot and penalty. Weeks co-wrote the comedy with Hannah Mackay and the untitled single-camera comedy centers on liberal lesbian couple Laurel and Marisa who move with their teenage son to Laurel's conservative hometown in Kansas to find that their assumptions about Middle America might just be wrong.

Other work Acting

Kaling's TV appearances include a 2005 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing Richard Lewis's assistant. She is featured on the CD Comedy Death-Ray and guest-wrote parts of an episode of Saturday Night Live in April 2006.

After her film debut in The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carell, Kaling appeared in the film Unaccompanied Minors as a waitress. In 2007 she held a small part in License to Wed starring fellow The Office actors John Krasinski, Angela Kinsey, and Brian Baumgartner. Kaling was in the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum tour guide and voiced Taffyta Muttonfudge in Disney's animated comedy film Wreck-It Ralph. In 2011 she played the role of Shira, a doctor who is a roommate and colleague of the main character Emma (played by Natalie Portman) in No Strings Attached. Kaling also made an appearance as Vanetha in The Five-Year Engagement (2012). Kaling also voiced Disgust in the 2015 Pixar animated film Inside Out.

In June 2016, it was confirmed that Kaling would star alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna in Ocean's Eight, the all-female version of Ocean's Eleven. It was also reported in September 2016 that she will play Mrs. Who in A Wrinkle in Time, the live-action Disney adaptation of the novel.

Writing

In 2011, Kaling published a memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured in The New York Times Best Seller list and USA Today best seller list Her second book, Why Not Me?, covers the many events that have happened in her life since 2011, and was published on September 15, 2015. Why Not Me? launched at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list In 2015, Mindy Kaling acknowledged that she would be writing a third book with B. J. Novak, who she has long been associated with after acting and writing together on The Office.

Personal life

Kaling has said she has never been called Vera, her first name, but has been referred to as Mindy since her mother was pregnant with her while her parents were living in Nigeria. They were already planning to move to the United States and wanted, Kaling said, a "cute American name" for their daughter, and liked the name Mindy from the TV show Mork & Mindy. The name Vera is, according to Kaling, the name of the "incarnation of a Hindu goddess."

Kaling has a close friendship with B.J. Novak, whom she met through writing for The Office. The two dated on and off while writing and acting on the show, sometimes mirroring the on-again, off-again nature of the relationship between their respective characters Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor. Novak served as a consulting producer for Season 1 of The Mindy Project, and has appeared on the show four times. His brother Jesse composes the music for The Mindy Project.

Kaling devised her stage name after discovering while doing standup comedy that emcees would have trouble pronouncing her last name, Chokalingam, and sometimes made jokes about it. She toured solo as well as with Craig Robinson before he was on The Office.

Kaling has said that she never saw a family like hers on TV, which gave her a dual perspective she uses in her writing. The "everyone against me mentality" is what she thinks she learned as a child of immigrants. She named her Mindy Project character Mindy Lahiri after author Jhumpa Lahiri.

In 2012, Kaling was named one of Time magazine's most influential people and in 2014 was named one of Glamour magazine's women of the year./>

On July 17, 2017, it was announced that Kaling is pregnant with her first child.

Filmography Film Year Title Role Director Notes 2005 The 40 Year Old Virgin Amy Judd Apatow Film debut 2006 Unaccompanied Minors Restaurant Hostess Paul Feig 2007 License to Wed Shelly Ken Kwapis 2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Docent Shawn Levy 2010 Despicable Me Tourist Mom Pierre Coffin
Chris Renaud Voice, Cameo 2011 No Strings Attached Shira Ivan Reitman 2012 The Five-Year Engagement Vaneetha Nicholas Stoller 2012 Wreck-It Ralph Taffyta Muttonfudge Rich Moore Voice 2013 This Is the End Herself Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg 2015 Inside Out Disgust Pete Docter Voice 2015 Riley's First Date? Disgust Josh Cooley Voice; short film 2015 The Night Before Sarah Jonathan Levine 2018 A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Who Ava DuVernay In post-production 2018 Ocean's Eight Amita Gary Ross In post-production Television Year Title Role Notes 2005–2013 The Office Kelly Kapoor Recurring Role (Seasons 1-2); Main Role (Seasons 3–8); Special Guest Star (Season 9)
174 episodes 2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Richard Lewis' Assistant Episode: "Lewis Needs a Kidney" 2012–present The Mindy Project Dr. Mindy Lahiri Lead Role 2014 Sesame Street Herself Episode: Episode 4505 2015 The Muppets Herself Episode: "Single all the Way" The Office writing
  1. "Hot Girl" (April 26, 2005) – Season 1
  2. "The Dundies" (September 20, 2005) – Season 2
  3. "The Injury" (January 12, 2006) – Season 2
  4. "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" (March 16, 2006) – Season 2
  5. "Diwali" (November 2, 2006) – Season 3
  6. "Ben Franklin" (February 1, 2007) – Season 3
  7. "Branch Wars" (November 1, 2007) – Season 4
  8. "Night Out" (April 24, 2008) – Season 4
  9. "Frame Toby" (November 20, 2008) – Season 5
  10. "Lecture Circuit: Part 1" (February 5, 2009) – Season 5
  11. "Lecture Circuit: Part 2" (February 12, 2009) – Season 5
  12. "Golden Ticket" (March 12, 2009) – Season 5
  13. "Niagara" co-written with Greg Daniels (October 8, 2009) – Season 6
  14. "Secret Santa" (December 10, 2009) – Season 6
  15. "The Manager and the Salesman" (February 11, 2010) – Season 6
  16. "Secretary's Day" (April 22, 2010) – Season 6
  17. "The Sting" (October 21, 2010) – Season 7
  18. "Classy Christmas" (December 9, 2010) – Season 7
  19. "Michael's Last Dundies" (April 21, 2011) – Season 7
  20. "Christmas Wishes" (December 9, 2011) – Season 8
  21. "Test the Store" (March 9, 2012) – Season 8
The Office directing
  1. "Body Language" (April 29, 2010) – Season 6
  2. "Michael's Last Dundies" (April 21, 2011) – Season 7
Awards and nominations

In 2013, Entertainment Weekly identified Kaling as one of the "50 Coolest and Most Creative Entertainers" in Hollywood. In the same year, Kaling was recognized by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Year Group Award Status Film/Television series 2005 Writers Guild of America Awards New Series Nominated The Office Comedy Series Nominated 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won New Series Comedy Series Won 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won New Series Episodic Comedy – for episode Local Ad Nominated Comedy Series Nominated Asian Excellence Awards Supporting Television Actress Won 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated New Series Comedy Series Nominated 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated Prism Awards Performance in a Comedy Series Nominated 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, "Niagara" Nominated 2012 Writers Guild of America Awards New Series Nominated The Mindy Project Peoples Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Nominated Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Won 2013 Gracie Awards Outstanding Producer - Entertainment Won NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated TCA Awards Outstanding New Program Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show Nominated Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated 2014 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Won NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated 2015 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Won Reader's Choice Awards Reader's Choice Award for Best Humor Book Won Why Not Me? Works and publications
  • Kaling, Mindy, and Brenda Withers. Matt & Ben: A New Play. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 2004; ISBN 978-1-585-67571-5
  • Kaling, Mindy. Unbelievable Holiday Tales: Scripting a Fantasy of a Family, The New York Times, December 18, 2009.
  • Kaling, Mindy. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns), New York: Crown Archetype, 2011; ISBN 978-0-307-88627-9
  • Kaling, Mindy. Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share With Friends, Clarkson Potter, 2013; ISBN 978-0-449-81988-3
  • Kaling, Mindy. Why Not Me?, New York : Crown Archetype, 2015; ISBN 978-0-804-13814-7
See also
  • Asian Indians in the New York City metropolitan region
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”  Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.From the Hardcover edition.

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Why Not Me?
Why Not Me?
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.   In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.   In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)   Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends
Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends
Mindy Kaling loves to talk (Rainn Wilson has dubbed her The Office flibbertigibbet) and she loves to listen (back when she was babysitting for a living, her charges found in her an enthusiastic sounding-board for listing the pros and cons of marrying each band member of ‘N Sync).In this deck of conversation starters, Mindy discusses her views on 50 witty and relatable subjects, along with accompanying questions to get you and your friends talking about things that really matter (best friend rights and responsibilities, how guys have to do almost nothing to be great, and other universal truths).

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Matt & Ben
Matt & Ben
The laughs come at a manic pace, in this delightfully venomous play that has taken off-Broadway by storm. It's the story Hollywood has glamorized, publicized, and bombarded us with--how it all began for the two young men, now famous for the tabloid coverage of ther on-again-off-again romances, their big budget smashes and flops, and their "Project Greenlight." It started with a script for the film that became Good Will Hunting, slaved over by the bright young dreamers (portrayed in this play's permier by the female playwrights) in their run-down apartment in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1996. Or was it This hilarious, scathing play takes us back to the pivotal moment when the finished script that would change their lives...fell from the ceiling while they were working on something else. The laughs come at a manic pace, in this delightfully venomous play that has taken off-Broadway by storm.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(Enhanced Edition)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(Enhanced Edition)
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”  Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.This enhanced eBook includes an audio introduction from the author; audio commentary from Mindy’s friends, including The Office costar B. J. Novak and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur; bonus photos, including an exclusive “Avalanche of Awkwardness” slideshow of never-before-seen childhood photos with audio commentary; and three full chapters read by the author.

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Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You
Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You
In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? or Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS’s #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory—the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian astrophysicist—ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends. Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”) Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.

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Mindy Kaling : The Life of Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling : The Life of Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling : The Life of Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, her full birth name Vera Mindy Chokalingam, is known as a prominent Indian American comedian, producer, actress, comedian and writer. Mindy Kaling gained the most fame for her role on NBC-aired sitcom The Office, playing the character Kelly Kapoor. Since acting on The Office, Mindy Kaling has had an active career as a director and executive producer. Mindy Kaling personally directed a number of the episodes on The Office, the very same show that catapulted her into fame. Aside from The Office, she’s also had roles in multiple films; The Five-Year Engagement, Wreck-It Ralph, and This Is the End to name just a few. Aside from only The Office, Mindy Kaling has also made television appearances on the programs Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as a program more centered around her person called The Mindy Project.

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My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture
My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture
In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTV’s Talk Show the Game Show.From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in. Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm town, he couldn’t relate to his neighbors. While other boys played outside, he stayed indoors reading Greek mythology. And being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the sad, strange, lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope. In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeley—and stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a run‑in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the “Sassy Gay Friend,” and how, after taking a wrong turn in life (i.e. law school), he found stand‑up comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society’s calculated deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it’s taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible. Written with Guy’s characteristic blend of wit, guile, and rumination, My Life as a Goddess is an unforgettable and deeply moving book by one of today’s most endearing and galvanizing voices in comedy.

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Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life
Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life
"I came for the recipes and stayed for the funny, personal writing. How could you not love a book with recipes like 'Fuck It, Let's Just Get Stoned Nachos' and 'All My Friends Are Married Mud Pie'? Surely there is not one among you who has not felt both sentiments. You could buy this book and enjoy it without ever taking out your oven mitts." --Mindy Kaling, from the forewordDecades ago, every young woman left home knowing how to cook, but now, well, not so much. And while they're happy times have changed, authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want to save millennials from the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen with their new book, HOT MESS KITCHEN.These ladies aren't serving caviar and champagne; they're making Quarter-Life Crisis Queso. They're not giving you a plan for the perfect dinner party, but suggesting How to Throw a Fabulous Dinner Party Without Having an Anxiety Attack. And they're going to be there each step of the way with easy, delicious recipes and personal stories that make it feel like they're right there in your kitchen with you, showing you which knife to use and wiping the mascara from your face as you cry from onion chopping. They're going to be your friends. Your kitchen friends, your HOT MESS KITCHEN friends. Your best friends? No, no, this isn't like a Her type of scenario. Have real friends.Read this book and all their stories, and let Gabi and Miranda show you how cooking has helped, or how it could have helped them, in their messiest moments!

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