Mindy Kaling on Inappropriate Humor and Guilty Pleasures

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Stop your orders for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, pervs, ‘cause it probably doesn’t include any stories about Mindy Kaling’s sexual humiliations. “I think a great rule of thumb is, ‘What would bring shame to my family and horrify my parents?’” she says in this interview. “I think a lot of writers, male and female, write as if their parents were killed in a car accident when they were 2, and they have no one to hold accountable.” Man, Mindy Kaling is like the Multi-Grain Cheerios of comedy writers. Wholesome and nutritious, but drizzled with sweetness. (FYI, I am available to write you a comedian bio comparing you to a cereal brand.)