Mindy Kaling

Sunday, September 27, 2015

An Evening with Mindy Kaling

discussing her collection of essays
Why Not Me

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Sorry but this event is SOLD OUT

Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of The Mindy Project, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director. 

Mindy Kaling in the news:
— Mindy Kaling Reveals Writing Process For New Book ‘Why Not Me’? (Design & Trend, July 22)
— How to Be Unstoppable: Inside the Creative Mind of Mindy Kaling (Ad Week, July 19)

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 one of the essays — “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 “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model.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.

Matt Warburton is Executive Producer of The Mindy Project.  He grew up in northern Ohio and has a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University.  Previously he worked for 11 years as a writer and co-executive producer on the Fox animated series The Simpsons, leaving the show in December 2012, and prior to that worked as a writer (consulting editor) on the NBC comedy series Community, joining during the show’s third season.