Creed Bratton is an American actor and musician. He is a former member of the band The Grass Roots, is best known for playing a fictional version of himself on the U. S. television series The Office. Bratton was born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, grew up in Coarsegold, California, a small town near Yosemite National Park, his father died when he was two years old after an airplane he was working on exploded while he was stationed in Hawaii. His grandparents and father were musicians, he took a liking to music at a early age. At 13, he ordered his first guitar from a Sears mail order catalog, he became a professional musician during his high college years. He decided to try life as a traveling musician and made his way on a global excursion, during which he changed his name to Creed Bratton, he traveled through Europe and the Middle East. He played guitar at a large folk festival in Israel, appearing with his group The Young Californians. Fellow American and guitarist Warren Entner witnessed Bratton's performance and asked him to give him a call when he got back to the United States.
In 1966, they formed a partnership and recruited the remaining members needed for their group, the 13th Floor. Bratton played lead guitar, Rick Coonce played drums, Entner played rhythm guitar, Kenny Fukomoto played bass; the Young Californians recorded a demo and sent it to Dunhill, a new record company headed by Lou Adler. Producers/songwriters P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri liked it, they needed new band members for a folk rock group that they had created in 1965. The 13th Floor lost its bass player to the draft during this time, recruited Rob Grill, changing its name to The Grass Roots for prior name recognition; the group went straight to the top 10 with the song "Let's Live for Today" in 1967. The group toured the United States. Iconic hit songs such as "Midnight Confessions" cemented the group's standing as major contributors to the rock music scene; the Grass Roots had top songwriters offering their best songs to them and wrote many songs themselves. On its major songs, music on the recordings was played by LA studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew.
Bratton co-wrote the songs "Beatin' Round the Bush", "No Exit", "Hot Bright Lights", self-composed "Dinner for Eight" and "House of Stone". He sang lead vocals on "This Precious Time" and "Dinner for Eight". Bratton played with the group on its albums Let's Live for Today, Golden Grass, Lovin' Things. Three of the albums charted, Golden Grass received a gold record certification, he took part in ten of the group's singles. The Grass Roots played at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Sunday, June 11, 1967 during the "Summer of Love" as their top ten hit "Let's Live for Today" was hitting the airwaves; this music festival occurred before the Monterey Pop Festival, but did not have a movie to document it for the ages. On Sunday, October 27, 1968, the group played at the San Francisco Pop Festival and played at the Los Angeles Pop Festival and Miami Pop Festival in December of that year as top ten hit "Midnight Confessions" was hitting the airwaves. In April 1969, Bratton became frustrated by Dunhill's refusal to allow the band to write its own songs and play the instruments on its records.
After a disastrous appearance at the Fillmore West in April 1969, Bratton was asked to leave the band. In 2001 and 2002, Bratton released three albums showcasing his solo recordings since the 1960s with the assistance of Peter White. In 2007, he presented an induction award to The Wrecking Crew at the Musicians' Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released another album of new music with producer Jon Tiven. In 2010, Bratton released another new album titled "Bounce Back" with producer Dave Way. In 2011, Bratton released an album of greatest hits from his first three solo albums titled "Demo". In 2010 & 2012, Bratton performed live at the SXSW festival. In 2013, Bratton released an original work in three acts, as an audio biography, titled'Tell Me About It'. Songs ranged from written to pieces he had written decades ago. Bratton cites. On January 18, 2014, Bratton joined his friend Zachary Scot Johnson for a duet for the 500th consecutive day of thesongadayproject on YouTube; the video has received over 300,000 views.
Bratton began to pursue an acting career in 1979. He has appeared in films such as Heart Like a Wheel, he was a cast member on SAG award-winning The Office. In the episode "Booze Cruise" he speaks about his time with the Grass Roots. In 2008, he appeared in a short film with Kyle Gass titled Just One Of The Gynos, which won an award for best short film at the 2008 Malibu International Film Festival, he appeared in the feature film Labor Pains in 2009. His recent film projects are The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, written and directed by Paul Bunnell. Terri was selected by the Sundance Film Festival 2011 to appear in the US dramatic competition, it was one of only 16 films selected from 1,102 submissions to the US dramatic category. In 2012, he appeared as special guest star in Staged with Brandon Olive who appeared with him in Just One Of The Gynos. In 2013, he started in a biography set in the civil war period. ++ - Gold Record -
Steven John Carell is an American actor, producer and director. He is well known for his portrayal of gaffe-prone boss Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, on which he worked as an occasional producer and director. Carell was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2005, he has starred in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Get Smart, Stupid, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Way, Way Back. He has voice acted in Over the Hedge, Horton Hears a Who! and the Despicable Me franchise. In 2016, Carell co-created the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca with Nancy Carell. Carell was nominated as "America's funniest man" in Life magazine, received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for his work on the first season of The Office, his role as wrestling coach and convicted murderer John Eleuthère du Pont in the drama film Foxcatcher earned him, among various honors, nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
He received acclaim for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine, The Big Short, Battle of the Sexes, the latter two earning him his eighth and ninth Golden Globe Award nominations, respectively. The youngest of four brothers, Carell was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord and raised in nearby Acton, Massachusetts, his father, Edwin A. Carell, was an electrical engineer, his mother, Harriet Theresa, was a psychiatric nurse, his maternal uncle, Stanley Koch, worked with scientist Allen B. DuMont to create cathode ray tubes, his father is of Italian and German descent and his mother was of Polish ancestry. Carell was raised Roman Catholic, was educated at Nashoba Brooks School, The Fenn School, Middlesex School, he played ice lacrosse while in high school. He played the fife, performing with other members of his family, joined a reenacting group portraying the 10th Regiment of Foot, he attributed his interest in history to this, earning a degree in the subject from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1984.
While at Denison, Carell was a member of Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company, a student-run improvisational comedy troupe and was a goalie on the school's Big Red hockey team for four years. He spent time as a disc jockey under the name "Sapphire Steve Carell" at WDUB, the campus radio station. Carell states that he worked as a mail carrier in Massachusetts, he recounted that he quit after seven months because his boss told him he was not good at being a mail carrier and needed to be faster. Early in his performing career, Carell acted on the stage in a touring children's theater company in the comedy musical Knat Scatt Private Eye and in a television commercial for the restaurant chain Brown's Chicken in 1989. In 1991, Carell performed with Chicago troupe The Second City where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time. Carell made his film debut in a minor role in Curly Sue. In spring 1996, he was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, a short-lived sketch comedy program on ABC. Along with fellow cast member Colbert, Carell provided the voice of Gary, half of The Ambiguously Gay Duo, the Robert Smigel-produced animated short which continued on Saturday Night Live that year.
While the program lasted only seven episodes, The Dana Carvey Show has since been credited with forging Carell's career. He starred in a few short-lived television series and Over the Top, he has made numerous guest appearances, including in "Funny Girl", an episode of Just Shoot Me!. Additional screen credits include Brad Hall's short-lived situation comedy Watching Ellie and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. Carell was a correspondent for The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005, with a number of regular segments including "Even Stevphen" with Stephen Colbert and "Produce Pete". In 2005, Carell signed a deal with NBC to star in The Office, a remake of the British TV series of the same name. In the series, a mockumentary about life at a mid-sized paper supply company, Carell played the role of Michael Scott, the idiosyncratic regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Although the first season of the adaptation suffered mediocre ratings, NBC renewed it for another season due to the anticipated success of Carell's film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the series subsequently became a ratings success.
Carell won a Golden Globe Award and Television Critics Association Award during 2006 for his role in The Office. He received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work in the series. Carell earned US$175,000 per episode of the third season of The Office, twice his salary for the previous two seasons. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, he commented on his salary, saying, "You don't want people to think you're a pampered jerk. Salaries can be ridiculous. On the other hand, a lot of people are making a lot of money off of these shows."Carell was allowed "flex time" during filming to work on theatrical films. Carell worked on Evan Almighty during a production hiatus during the second season of The Office. Production ended during the middle of the fourth season of The Office because of Carell's and others' refusal to cross the picket line of the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike. Carell, a WGA member, has written two episodes of The Office: "Casino Night" and "Survivor Man". Both episodes were praised, Carell won a Writers Guild of America Award for "Casino Night
Andrew Baines Bernard is a fictional character from the U. S. comedy television series, The Office. Andy is portrayed by Ed Helms, he has no counterpart in the original British version of the series. He is introduced as the Regional Director in Charge of Sales at the Stamford branch of paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin in the third-season premiere when Jim Halpert transfers merging with the Scranton branch in the episode "The Merger" in the season, he becomes Regional Manager at the Scranton branch courtesy of Robert California in the eighth-season premiere following the departure of Michael Scott and Deangelo Vickers, although temporarily is fired and replaced by Nellie Bertram before his reinstatement by new CEO David Wallace. Although throughout the ninth season, Andy's relationship with Wallace deteriorates from Andy's lack of focus and professionalism culminating in Andy's voluntary resignation, to his reinstatement as a salesman to his eventual firing again, after Andy begs David Wallace to fire him in order to pursue a singing career.
This all happens over the course of one day in "Livin' the Dream". His character is insecure due to a strained parental relationship, yet demonstrates self-centered and arrogant attitudes. Despite this, he has been shown to act kindly to his co-workers on occasion, at times acting like a brother. In Season 6 Episode 17, Andy reveals that his parents named him Walter Jr. but after his baby brother was born when he was 6, his parents felt that the brother better represented the Walter Jr. name. His parents changed his name to Andrew, which they got out of a baby name book, he references his education at Cornell University, where he was a part of an a cappella group, which contributed to his love for theatrical singing. Andy demonstrates a sycophantic attitude toward his superiors as well as severe anger management issues, he becomes involved in a long-term but failed relationship with accountant Angela Martin, but finds a deeper connection with receptionist Erin Hannon. However, the relationship starts to sour throughout the ninth season and ends in "Couples Discount" when Erin gets fed up with Andy's neglect and selfishness.
Although Helms received praise for his performance, the character received a mixed reception. Andy was named one of the most annoying TV characters of 2011 by Vulture; the character is named after American economist Andrew Bernard, professor of international economics at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Andy claims to have been raised in Simsbury, Connecticut, his birth name was Walter Bernard Jr. but after his younger brother was born, his parents decided that the new baby better embodied that name and should be named after his father instead. Thus, the original Walter was renamed a name taken from a book of baby names, he claims to have been an obese child. It can be assumed that Andy's family was wealthy growing up, as he admits that whenever anybody wanted something they would write it on a list for the housekeeper to get. Andy is a 1995 alumnus of Cornell University, which he will brag about to his peers, minored in History. In a talking-head interview, he brags that he graduated in four years, having never studied once, been drunk the whole time, sung in the a cappella group "Here Comes Treble", which he mentions often.
Andy is descended from a well-heeled line of WASPs, that he claims "goes all the way back to Moses", his family purportedly gained their wealth by transporting slaves. Andy refers to himself by his nickname, "the'Nard Dog". Within "Here Comes Treble", his nickname is "Boner Champ," which he earned after engaging in coitus with a snowman to completion, he enjoys singing in a high falsetto voice to the accompaniment of his banjo. He has experimented with the sitar learning to play "Deck the Halls", he plays piano and guitar. Andy has worked at Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, AIG, Enron, it is revealed that Andy suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Andy was the Regional Director in Charge of Sales at the Dunder Mifflin Stamford branch. Andy worked under the direction of Josh Porter. Upon the branch's closure, Andy transferred to the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. Despite this, he proves himself to be a poor salesman, being one of the two worst salesmen in the office along with Pam Halpert. After she becomes office manager, he is left the worst salesman, outsold by the warehouse workers.
Andy is shown to enjoy inventing nicknames for his colleagues. He nicknamed Jim Halpert "Big Tuna", because he ate a tuna sandwich on his first day at the Stamford branch, once called Ryan Howard "Big Turkey," for a similar reason. Prior to his anger management training, Andy had severe anger problems. Upon finding his calculator embedded in Jell-O, a trademark prank of Jim's, he screams and kicks a trash can across the office. After punching a hole in the wall of the office, in frustration over his hidden cellphone, Andy is sent to anger management training, which he claims is still "Management Training."Andy dresses in a distinctive, over-the-top preppy style consisting of bright colored pants, d-ring belts, tattersall shirts, sweater vests, striped ties, a tie clip, or sometimes a bowtie. In various episodes, Andy wears clothes of the style found at the stores Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, J. Crew. In various episodes, Andy is seen wearing a blue, thick woven bracelet on his right wrist, despite that it will, at
Dwight Kurt Schrute III is a character on The Office portrayed by Rainn Wilson. He is one of the highest-ranking salesmen as well as assistant to the regional manager at the paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin. Additionally, he is a bed-and-breakfast proprietor at Schrute Farms, a beet plantation owner, an owner of the business park in which Dunder Mifflin exists, he is notorious for his lack of social skills and common sense, his love for martial arts and the justice system, his office rivalry with fellow salesman Jim Halpert. He is known for his romantic relationship with Angela, he has at times risen to the position of acting Branch Manager of the Scranton branch, but serves as a second or third in command as Assistant Regional Manager. Dwight was the Vice President of Special Projects Development for the Sabre Corporation, but was soon replaced by Todd Packer, immediately terminated. In the final season, Dwight is offered the position of permanent Regional Manager. Dwight Schrute is portrayed by American actor Rainn Wilson.
In a Rolling Stone interview, Seth Rogen said. The character is based on Gareth Keenan of the original British version of the show, played by actor Mackenzie Crook. All original series characters were adapted for the U. S. version. Unlike Steve Carell, Wilson watched every episode of the original British series, was a fan before he auditioned for the U. S. version. Wilson had auditioned for Michael Scott, a performance he described as a "terrible Gervais impersonation". Wilson based Dwight's hairstyle on the style he himself had when at the age of sixteen. In an interview, he said that he went to a barber to get "the worst haircut possible"; when the series begins, Dwight Schrute is a competent salesman, despite lacking general knowledge, at the Scranton branch of the paper distribution company, Dunder Mifflin. Dwight formally held the title of "Assistant to the Regional Manager", but refers to himself as "Assistant Regional Manager", attempting to elevate himself to second-in-command to branch Manager, Michael Scott.
Dwight craves authority over his co-workers, relishes any minor task that Michael or anyone else will give him. Although Dwight acts superior to many individuals and is resourceful in crises, he is shown to be quite gullible, naïve. For this reason, he is tricked and pranked by his desk-mate and fellow salesman, Jim Halpert. Dwight speaks in a halting, intense manner in casual conversations. At the office, his most recurring business wear is a mustard-colored, short-sleeved collared shirt, with a dark necktie and a brown suit jacket, he uses one-upmanship to better himself over his peers, such as boasting about how he trains specific parts of his body. Dwight will sometimes engage in jokes and games in attempts to please Michael, but fails to do so, because of Michael's perception of himself as the jokester of the workplace. After Dwight temporarily leaves Dunder Mifflin, it is shown that he had long been watering the office plant and arranging the toys on Michael's desk in a manner that made Michael happy, unbeknownst to Michael.
Dwight is a former volunteer sheriff deputy, but has to step down after breaking his pledge by helping his boss pass his drug test in the episode "Drug Testing". He is a notary public, he resides alongside his cousin, Mose. Dwight has affinities for paintball, Battlestar Galactica, ping pong, Goju Ryu karate and weapons, he has a preference to ride in the back seat of cars behind the driver, because it is the safest location in a car. He took Karate seriously, being a purple belt last known, he was "Senpai" to the Sensei of the Dojo in which he took part in. In "Whistleblower", encouraged to invest in real estate by former CEO and owner of Dunder Mifflin-Sabre, Jo Bennett, Dwight decides to purchase the industrial park building, he has shown entrepreneurial traits, like converting the building lobby into a coffee shop in "Nepotism", converting an empty room in the office building into a state-of-the-art gym in "Mrs. California", organizing a barn maze before Halloween, where kids can pay admission to play, in "WUPHF.com".
In an episode commentary on the season one DVD, Wilson refers to Dwight as a "fascist nerd". In a feature on the season three DVD, Wilson describes Dwight as "someone who does not hate the system, but has a deep and abiding love for it". All throughout the series Dwight drives a maroon 1987 Pontiac Trans Am, until the finale where he owns an orange 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT. In "Lecture Circuit", Dwight claims to remember his own birth, including his father, Dwight Schrute II, delivering him from the womb, his mother biting off the umbilical cord. In "Grief Counseling", Dwight states that he was a twin, but he "resorbed" his twin while still in his mother's womb, causing him to believe that he now has "the strength of a grown man and a little baby", he claims to have been born weighing 13 lb 5 oz, rendering his mother incapable of walking for three months and two days, in "Baby Shower", he claims to have performed his own circumcision. In "Viewing Party", he informs Jim and Pam Halpert that, in the Schrute family, th
Kelly Rajanigandha Kapoor is a fictional character from the US television series The Office. She is played by Mindy Kaling, a writer and producer for the show. Slate magazine called the character one of the reasons to look forward to the return of the show in the fall of 2007. Kaling left the cast and crew after its 8th season to become the creator and star of The Mindy Project, another show produced by Universal Television, she had a guest role in the 9th-season premiere, the series finale. Kelly Kapoor is a customer service representative at the Scranton branch of fictitious paper distributor Dunder Mifflin. Kelly is the office chatterbox on topics that a teenager might discuss, such as boys and celebrity gossip, she has said that she wants to get married, that she cannot wait to "get pregnant and have babies." Her closest counterpart in the British series is Donna, although they are not similar in terms of personality. Kelly is an Indian American although she makes incorrect statements about her heritage or religion.
Her parents were brought together through an arranged marriage and she has three living sisters, as well as another who died. She tends to engage in long-winded, one-sided conversations on trivial subjects to the chagrin of Toby Flenderson, with whom she shares the annex, situated off the main office. Sometimes, it appears that Kelly plays dumb, as evidenced by a conspiratorial wink to the camera in "Boys and Girls." And during " Trivia" when she remembers random trivia. She enjoys shopping online, as seen in "The Coup" and in "Dunder Mifflin Infinity" and she loves clothing, as seen in "The Coup" and "Women's Appreciation." Kelly spent a year in a juvenile hall for stealing her ex-boyfriend's father's boat. Kelly is portrayed in Season 1 differently than in the series. Rather than being loquacious and adolescent, she is just a mild-mannered employee, just another target of branch Manager Michael Scott's stereotypes, she is first featured in the episode "Diversity Day," where Michael conducts a diversity training seminar for his employees.
When Michael suggests everyone state a race they are sexually attracted to, Dwight responds "White and Indian," which gets a curious look from her. Kelly leaves to go to a customer meeting and comes back in the middle of a game where everyone in the room has to put a card with a specific race on their forehead, must treat everyone as if they were the race on their card. Michael, frustrated that no one is playing properly, attempts to demonstrate how to play, by approaching Kelly as she walks into the room and speaking in a stereotypical Indian accent, he starts to get offensive, mentioning various Indian stereotypes, such as convenience stores and trying to offer her "some of my googi googi," to which Kelly responds by slapping him and walking away. Kelly's race subjects her to insulting references from Michael. For instance, she wins the "Spicy Curry" award at the 8th Annual Dundie Awards, she angrily questions an evasive Michael about. She dresses up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz on Halloween, which prompts Michael to say, "Interesting take on Dorothy" followed by his suggesting that she wear a soccer uniform and dress like Jess Bhamra, a character of Indian descent in Bend It Like Beckham.
During the company "Christmas Party," Kelly gives a inebriated kiss to Dwight due to his comment in "Diversity Day," although this plot line did not develop. Instead, Kelly was involved in a wildly uneven relationship with the office temp, she hinted that she wanted to marry him and have children as soon as possible, though he was opposed to it and was not interested in her. The relationship was rocky, as Kelly suffocated Ryan with her aggressively perky behavior, she tells Jim in "The Carpet" that she likes Beyoncé, Pink anything, awesome, hot dogs, snowcones. In the episode "Take Your Daughter To Work Day," we see Kelly's manipulative side, after she witnessed Stanley's teenage daughter shadowing Ryan. Kelly tells Stanley that Ryan flirted with the teenager, after which Stanley berates Ryan. In the season finale "Casino Night," Ryan wearily admits to Jim. At the Hindu Diwali festival, Kelly's parents criticize her choice in Ryan for not being committed to marriage and family and for not making enough money.
When Jim Halpert sees Kelly for the first time after the merger between the Stamford and Scranton branches, he asks her what has been going on in her life, to which Kelly responds by gossiping excitedly about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's daughter Suri and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter Shiloh. She joins Karen's party in "A Benihana Christmas" with Ryan. Hurt by Ryan's comments in "Business School," Michael moves Ryan's desk next to Kelly's as a form of punishment. Kelly is excited by the move. In "The Negotiation," Kelly reveals that Ryan once laughed at her during a date when a boy on a Ferris wheel spilled his milkshake on her. Ryan just replies "Well, funny, she questions Ryan's bravery, mentioning that he once called her for help when he thought there was a "murderer" in his apartment. All this bickering makes Toby wonder in a talking head interview if Michael purposel
Vera Mindy Chokalingam, known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian and producer. From 2005 to 2013, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC sitcom The Office. In addition to acting in it, she was a writer, executive producer, occasional director. Recognition for her work on The Office include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. Kaling gained wider attention for creating, writing and starring in the Fox/Hulu comedy series The Mindy Project, she was the co-creator and producer of the NBC sitcom Champions, in which she had a recurring role. Kaling's film career includes voice work in the films Despicable Me, Wreck It Ralph, Inside Out. In addition to her work in film and television, Kaling has written two New York Times best-selling memoirs, titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?. Vera Mindy Chokalingam was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to father Avu Chokalingam, an architect, mother Swati Chokalingam, an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Kaling's parents are from India, met while working at the same hospital in Nigeria. Her father, of Tamil heritage, was overseeing the building of a wing of the hospital, her mother, a Bengali, was working as an OB/GYN; the family immigrated 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 Chokal-Ingam, who works as an educational consultant. 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 planning to move to the United States and wanted, Kaling said, a "cute American name" for their daughter, 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 graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, 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, was the creator of the comic strip Badly Drawn Girl in The Dartmouth, was a writer for the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.
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 seventh grade. 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." Kaling has said that she never saw a family like hers on TV, which gave her a dual perspective she uses in her writing. She thinks, she named her Mindy Project character Mindy Lahiri after author Jhumpa Lahiri. After college, Kaling moved to New York. 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 performed stand-up comedy. Kaling devised her stage name after discovering while doing stand-up comedy that emcees would have trouble pronouncing her last name and sometimes made jokes about it.
She toured solo as well as with Craig Robinson. 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. Withers and Kaling had, "for their own entertainment, mockingly pretended to be the best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; 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." In 2004, when The Office producer Greg Daniels was working to adapt The Office from the BBC TV series of the same name, he hired Kaling as a writer-performer after reading a spec script she wrote. He said, "She's 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’s second episode, "Diversity Day."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."Kaling directed The Office webisode 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, her Universal Television contract included a development deal for a new show, in which she appears as an actress and
The Office (U.S. TV series)
The Office is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005, to May 16, 2013, lasting nine seasons. It is an adaptation of the original BBC series of the same name and was adapted for American television by Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, it was co-produced by Daniels' Deedle-Dee Productions, Reveille Productions, in association with Universal Television. The original executive producers were Greg Daniels, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, with numerous others being promoted in seasons; the series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary, it was filmed in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track; the series debuted on NBC as a midseason replacement and aired 201 episodes over the course of its run. The Office featured Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak as the main cast.
Notable stars outside the original main cast include Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Ellie Kemper. The Office was met with mixed reviews during its abbreviated first season, but the following four seasons received widespread acclaim from television critics; these seasons were included on several critics' year-end top TV series lists, winning several awards such as a Peabody Award in 2006, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award for Carell's performance, four Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006. Seasons were criticized for a decline in quality, with many seeing Carell's departure in season seven as a contributing factor. However, earlier writers oversaw the final season and ended the series' run with a positive reception; the series finale was viewed by an estimated 5.69 million viewers, preceded by an hour-long series retrospective. Greg Daniels served as the senior series showrunner for the first four seasons of the series and developed the British Office series for American television.
He left the position when he co-created the comedy series Parks and Recreation with fellow Office writer Michael Schur and divided his time between the two series. Paul Lieberstein and Jennifer Celotta were named the series showrunners for the fifth season. Celotta left the series after the sixth season and Lieberstein stayed on as showrunner for the following two seasons, he left the showrunner spot after the eighth season for the potential Dwight Schrute spin-off, The Farm, passed up by NBC. Daniels returned to the showrunner position for the final season. Other executive producers include cast members B. J. Novak and Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Daniels and Schur made up the original team of writers. Kaling and Lieberstein serve multiple roles on the series, as they play regular characters on the show, as well as write and produce episodes. Credited with twenty-four episodes, Kaling is the most prolific writer among the staff. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who created the original British series, are credited as executive producer and wrote the pilot and the third-season episode, "The Convict."
Merchant directed the episode "Customer Survey" while Gervais appeared in the episodes "The Seminar" and "Search Committee."Randall Einhorn is the most frequent director of the series, with 15 credited episodes. The series had several guest directors, including Lost co-creator J. J. Abrams, Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, both of whom are fans of the series, filmmakers Jon Favreau, Harold Ramis, Jason Reitman, Marc Webb. Episodes have been directed by several of the actors on the show including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Brian Baumgartner. Prior to the second episode airing, the writers spent time conducting research in offices; this process was used for Recreation. The pilot is a direct adaptation of the first episode of the original British series. Daniels chose to go this route because "completely starting from scratch would be a risky thing to do" owing to the show being an adaptation, he had considered using the idea for "The Dundies" as the pilot episode.
After the writers knew who the cast was, they were allowed to write for the actors, which allowed the show to be more original for the following episode, "Diversity Day". Following the mixed reaction toward the first season, the writers attempted to make the series more "optimistic" and to make Michael Scott more likable, they established the supporting characters of the series more, giving them actual personalities. They made the lights in the office brighter, which allowed the series to differentiate itself from the British series. A common problem with the scripts, according to Novak, is that they tended to run too long for the regular 22-minute time slot, leading to several cuts. For example, the script for the episode "Search Committee" was 75 pages, 10 pages too long. A complete script was written for each episode. Fischer said, "Our shows are 100 percent scripted, they put everything down on paper. But we get to play around a little bit, too. Steve and Rainn are brilliant improvisers." These improvisations lead to a large number of deleted scenes with every episode of The Office, all of which are considered part of the show's canon and storyline by Daniels.
Deleted scenes have sometimes been restored in repeats to make episodes longer or draw back peop