Thank you God for introducing me to Mindy Kaling, Marissa Ross and Elie and Carrie Kemper. Turns out you can have it all, these girls are a great example of women who deserve to be praised and loved, they are intelligent, gorgeous, funny, friendly and outrageously entertaining. Mindy's book release party was, of course, speckled with unbelievable comedians and young entrepreneurs. It was covered by Glamour magazine and held at the Spare Room in Hollywood. I attended with my love, Meredith Leyerzaph, representing Wildfox (haha) and thought it would be fun to talk about three beautiful women who are making a splash and changing the face of comedy!
Mindy Kaling is an actress, comedian, writer, producer and shopper. She can translate Latin and is an avid slow jogger who covers small amounts of distance over long periods of time. Grab her upcoming book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
"Well, all the guys want to have sex with me all the time. Every day I come to work it's nonstop sexual harassment. They had to have some people from General Electric come down and talk to us about it. There's a lawsuit that's about to happen. But other than that, it's been great. - on being one of only 2 female writers on a staff of 14 for "The Office" (2005)"
"My heart wants white jeans but my head says no. Kidney says go for it, spleen is ambivalent. Ovaries say no comment, rather rudely actually."
"Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me" Is quite possibly the funniest book I've EVER read. I mean it. I laughed out loud throughout pretty much the whole thing, in fact at one point my boyfriend turned to me and said, "Really?"
here is an excerpt from the book:
Don’t Peak in High School
Sometimes teenage girls ask me for advice about whatthey should be doing if they want a career like mine one day.There are basically two ways to get where I am:
(1) learn a pro- vocative dance and put it on YouTube;
(2) convince your parentsto move to Orlando and homeschool you until you get cast on a kids’ show,
or do what I did, which is
(3) stay in school and be a respectful and hardworking wallﬂower, and go to an accredited non-online university. Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popularin high school, or being the best actress in high school, or thebest athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that thesecond you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in highschool is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s sowonderfully fair. (contd here
Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities
For almost eight years I lived with my best friends ineither a cramped college dorm room or a small Brooklynapartment. Normally these are the circumstances that driveone roommate to get engaged to some random guy super fastbecause she is so annoyed with her living situation. We managedit well, however, because we maintained an informal best friendcode of conduct. I’ve outlined its most vital aspects here.
I CAN BORROW ALL YOUR CLOTHES
Anything in your closet, no matter how fancy, is co-owned by me, your best friend. I can borrow it for as long as I want. If I get something on it or lose it, I should make all good faith attempts to get it cleaned or buy you a new one, but I don’t need to do that, and you still have to love me. If I ruin something of yours and don’t replace it, you’re allowed to talk shit about me to our other friends for one calendar year. That’s it. Then you have to get over it. One stipulation to my borrowing your clothes is that you have to have worn the item at least once before I borrow it. I’m not a monster. (contd here)
Actress Ellie Kemper first got exposed to improvisational comedy in high school. She continued to pursue her main interest when she attended Princeton, which led her to join various comedy groups such as Quipfire! and the Princeton Triangle Club. After graduating college with a degree in English, she went to the University of Oxford for a year and then became more active in numerous comedy sketches like Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Important Things with Demetri Martin, and The Gastineau Girls.
In 2007, Kemper made her TV movie debut in Redeeming Rainbow . Two years later, she landed the role of receptionist Erin Hannon on The Office. Though she was initially cast for only four episodes, her performance garnered positive reviews that she was offered to be a series regular in season 6. On the big screen, Kemper has also appeared in Get Him to the Greek, Somewhere and Bridesmaids.
Aside from working as an actress, Kemper is also a contributing writer for The Onion and literary journal McSweeney's.
"If there's one thing I hate more than not being on a roll, it's trying to start being on a roll. Another thing I hate is work. And that's precisely what makes being on a roll so hard."
"I'm a total guy's girl. You can curse and say bad words in front of me, and I don't even care about it. You can guzzle beer, and burp, and throw up the beer in your lap, and move on to straight gin, and start pissing all over the plant in the corner, and punch in the wall, and accidentally kick Yaps across the room, and mention that I order some chicken wings, b!tch."
"(on her online video entitled "Blowjob") I'm a bit uncomfortable about that video because I always think of my family seeing it, but it got people's attention. I was on the Upper West Side depositing a check and this guy said, 'I love your video! You can have free wine at my wine shop anytime you want!' So it has opened doors."
" (about working on "The Office")
Being on set with them is like being in a dream, except the dream is real and I can reach out and touch them. Except I am trying not to touch them too much, because I was raised right."
"“I’m going to keep it together & only have like two or three drinks” quickly turns into “HOLY SHIT! IT’S AN OPEN BAR?!”"
"I cried five times during the Fleet Foxes concert at the Greek.
I wasn’t even drunk!
I don’t think.
I mean, I probably had like five glasses of wine & was PMSing,
so, I wasn’t technically drunk but I had the emotional stability
of a wasted nineteen year old with a penchant for drunk dialing."
"Anyway, so recently I read this article about how sitting turns off your leg muscles so I decided to spend as much time at my job standing as possible. I rigged up this box to put my keyboard on & got my Mac on tilt. I’ve been doing this for about two & a half weeks."
"Saturday & Sunday are my days to completely give over to the leisure. I don’t fuck around. If I’m not drinking rum & cokes on a beach somewhere about to get arrested for quietly reading/trying to do cartwheels
(I can’t ), I’m hanging out half-drunk in a training bra & a pair of shorts I leave unbuttoned hanging around my hips so I don’t feel bad about eating quesadillas for two hours while watching 30 Rock."
"The other night, I was stuck in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard because people don’t understand how to merge still in 2011. While stuck in this traffic, four late-twenties bros in a white PT Cruiser convertible next to me yelled, “YOU’RE UGLY!” and started barking at me. I sat there for approximately thirty seconds while a man with a goatee behind the wheel of a white PT Cruiser convertible fucking barked at me.
Just wanted to remind you that I’m still a totally normal person who gets told she’s ugly by dudes with bad facial hair in their grandmother’s weekend car, in case you forgot that I will never in my life escape public ridicule."
I highly recommend Marissa's Wine review videos, for a good laugh check em out here
XOXO Hope you LOVED this post, cause I loved writing about these FABULOUS women!!