• Her middle name, Mindy, was taken from the TV show, Mork & Mindy. Her mother was pregnant with her in Nigeria and that was the only American show they got there. When she met Robin Williams and told him the story, he didn’t believe her.

• Graduated from Dartmouth College, where she was a member of The Dog Day Players improv troupe, and where she also wrote a comic strip for the campus newspaper called ‘Badly Drawn Girl’.

• Graduated from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1997 along with Alison Folland.

• Co-wrote the acclaimed play “Matt and Ben”, a comedy about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. She played the role of Ben.

• Was the first female member of The Office writing staff when she began there at age 24.

• Is close friends with Web analyst and actor David Harris, who briefly appears in her new comic memoir “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)’.

• Her mother Swati, an ob/gyn physician, once worked in the same Boston hospital with Ronald Krasinski, the internist father of her The Office co-star, John Krasinski.

• One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013).

• Mindy Kaling’s mother was an ob-gyn doctor, inspiring many of the story lines in The Mindy Project.

• Is of Indian-American descent.

• Counts Fawlty Towers among some of her earliest comedic writing influences.