Mindy Kaling: This Season’s Most Unexpectedly Great Physical Comedian

Everyone knows that Mindy Kaling does meet-cutes, pillow talk, and dating disasters better than anyone on TV. But the big revelation in The Mindy Project isn’t that she can twist a rom-com trope a million different ways; it's that she's ready, willing, and able to fall off a beanbag and swing around a stripper pole in the least sexy way possible, and as unafraid to look foolish as Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt or Modern Family's Ty Burrell. Pratfalls, it turns out, have always been her favorite laugh. “I love good written jokes, but the most memorable comedy moments for me have always been physical,” Kaling tells Vulture. “John Cleese’s bits on Fawlty Towers are probably my favorite. Basil Fawlty was so full of rage, and Cleese is gifted with these mile-long giraffe legs, which he would use to kick his employees sometimes and have tantrums. I remember once he beat his own car with a branch.” We asked Kaling if she could discuss a few of our favorite physical sequences on her show — two of which involve shower scenes! — and she obliged. But first, let’s look back at the highlights.

One of the first random acts of physical comedy Kaling performed on the show appears in the pilot episode with this drunken bike tumble into a pool (where she then hallucinates that she's being insulted by Barbie doll).



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