Mindy Kaling answers ‘Night Out’ questions

Saturday, April 26th, 2008 | 87 comments

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I am just so happy that Mindy Kaling agreed to answer Tallyhead questions about last week’s episode, Night Out. Thank you, Mindy!

This is one of the funniest Q&As so far. Enjoy, guys!

Hi Tanster!

Great questions. This was a lot of fun to do. “Night Out” was the perfect example of an episode where I wished the show was 40 minutes long. There are whole scenes in New York (including a really magical one with Dwight, Michael and Ryan in front of the Met) that had to get cut. I hope people watch the deleted scenes online.

Q. Did Paul really climb that fence, and how many takes did you have to do? | JAMtastic

A. Paul is valiant and shows a quiet bravery in his day-to-day life, but no, he did not do his own stunt. There was some talk in our writers room about this very subject, and for a glimmering moment, Paul insisted that he try. Then our boss Greg Daniels weighed the pros and cons of having one of our senior-est writers being out on disability pay because he was in a coma, so we scrapped that idea completely.

Q. There were a lot of physical gags in last night’s show, like Pam hitting Meredith in the face and Toby scaling the fence and jumping over. I was wondering if the actors performed those or stuntmen? | Janie

A. Again, Paul is a great guy but no, didn’t do his dangerous stunt. Kate, on the other hand, did hers several, several times without complaint. It was amazing and terrifying and I’m not certain she hasn’t suffered internal brain damage from the repeated blows to the head. I’ll find out at the wrap party.

[Here is Kate Flannery’s response: "Doing my own stunt was fine. I can no longer read, but I'm fine. At first it seemed like a good idea. I thought I owed it to the fans to take one for the team, Then after the first four takes, I was like, "That was cool. That's it, right?" Ten takes later I was ready for an Advil and a session with a good therapist to examine why I said yes in the first place. My stunt double got paid to sit and watch. Yes, I had a stunt double and I still did it myself. That doesn't add up. My math skills are obviously dwindling as well. The makeup was sort of trumped up each time thanks to Lavern Caracuzzi, the head of the makeup department. She even gave me that 'Marlon Brando cotton in the mouth.' Please don't worry. I didn't get a scratch in all the 14 takes we shot. Thanks for asking." Thanks, Kate!]

Q. How many takes did you have to do of the Toby putting his hand on Pam’s knee scene? The cast reactions were priceless and the acting was great. But I don’t know how any of them managed to keep a straight face. | what’s the dealio?

A. Dear what’s the dealio,

First of all, love your name. The dealio (not to be confused with your surname) is this: We shot that scene at about 2:30 in the morning on a Friday night. Sometimes when we do night shoots, the actors can get really tired and there can be a lack of energy, because we are doing things over and over and over and everyone’s exhausted. Paul was so funny in that scene, everyone’s energy was super high, and we did it joyfully about 8 times. Everyone kept breaking because Toby was so vulnerable and awkward. It’s probably my favorite Toby moment, ever.

Q. How did Steve Carell feel with having a bunch of peanut butter in his hair? Or was it a wig? | Max

A. Steve was a trooper about the peanut butter, as he is about any insane thing we ask him to do. I haven’t really subjected him to that much physical discomfort since I made him go around on crutches for a week in “The Injury.” Rainn seemed to like the peanut butter a lot. He liked the gross squelching sound the peanut butter made when he mixed it with his spoon. If you go back and listen, it really does make a gratifying/disgusting “squelch” sound. We paid Industrial Light & Magic $2,000,000 to get that sound effect just right.

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  1. 87. jayphayes  

    Maybe I’m just blue collar or too East-coast, but I laughed out loud at the notion of “concern for the welfare of senior creative staff…FOR JUMPING A FENCE!” I realize the coma was exaggerated, but…

    Time to do some wind sprints and curls, creative staff!


  2. 86. Kiki  

    I hope Mindy lurks back here to read comments…. I check her blog every day and I’m going nuts that it hasn’t been updated in over a month! Don’t tell me she hasn’t been buying anything that whole time!


  3. 85. Tommy  

    Don’t know if it has been posted yet, but the literal translation of what Dwight sings is:

    “Sleep, little child, sleep. (The) father guards the sheep.”

    German original:

    “Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf. Der Vater hüt’ die Schaaf.”

    Actually he stops at “Va…” and uses a voiced instead of a voiceless fricative (V in German is pronounced as a voiceless “f”).

    But don’t worry, Germany gets you back by dubbing the office with the help of horrible horrible speech actors.

    Hope I could help,

    Tommy from Germany


  4. 84. Chelsea  

    She is amazing. She’s basically my favorite tv show writer ever (aside from maybe Jane Espenson). Love you, Mindy!


  5. 83. buyMEacoke,Jim!  

    thank you, tan monster! thanks, mindy, for taking time to answer some of our questions.

    mindy kaling is one of the funniest writers I have ever read, in any genre. i wish i was her.

    …and i have to say that the third deleted scene is the icing on the cake. best. writer. ever!!!


  6. 82. Jo  

    I love Mindy, I love her blog, and I’m so happy she answered these questions. How awesome. Now I have to go back and watch for Ryan’s dancing. It looked like he thought he was in a rave, haha… her episode was so funny!!!


  7. 81. Rosemary  

    I completely know how Mindy feels, I often steal the show because of how great I am. It is really hard, hang in there Mindy… Stay Strong


  8. 80. pc  

    Oh my god, that’s why Ryan’s dancing looked familiar. i really hope someone takes a looped clip of him dancing and sets it to the Peanuts theme song.

    Thank you Mindy for answering our questions, and thank you tallyheads for asking such interesting ones!


  9. 79. DanH  

    She has humor, wit, and she’s a knockout. Was anyone else disappointed to hear she has a boyfriend? “Night Out” was her sexiest work yet.


  10. 78. In2TheRoses  

    So funny Mindy!!! Love ya!


  11. 77. Jill  

    Mindy is bona fide grade A hilarous and so smart. Thanks for the Q & A! “Dance like snoopy…” LMFAO!


  12. 76. getmyLOSTon  

    first of all, after i read this, i realized how much i love her writing, both for on screen and in print (or blog), but when i think about her delivery of “how dare you” its hard not to think that her acting might be even better. just keep doing what you’re doing, mindy, because we’re eating it up. secondly, i LOVE what the love and fascination she has with all the characters, that dwight is manly, that michael wants to better himself, that jim tries to do well but sometimes fails. i know that everyone loves the characters, but it’s cool to read something so specific about them. thank you, tan monster! i’m getting spoiled by all these Q&As.


  13. 75. BlueJeanBaby  

    Oh gosh,

    I soooo needed to read this. What a rough day, and it seems that Mindy was the only one able to make me laugh. Also, any insight into anything to do with the show is just like gold and diamonds to me. Thanks Mindy and Tanster.


  14. 74. MaddieMagnus  

    Mindy Kaling has got to be the funniest woman ever.
    these were great! :)


  15. 73. BrokenBrain  

    I really appreciate these Q&A sessions. It helps clarify some points that we don’t get the benefit of seeing in 21 minutes or so. Hopefully, it helps the writers as well to hear from folks who only see the 21 minutes and don’t have the benefit of the director’s cut, writers’ room discussions, etc.


  16. 72. Emily  

    Thanks for answering my questions Mindy! And thanks Tanster for all of your hard work!


  17. 71. Fun_Run  

    I can’t believe she answered my question. I am so happy. That was hilarious. Thank you Mindy, Tanster, B.J., Lee, and Gene.


  18. 70. paiintmeblue  

    Mindy’s hilaaarious! The answer to the last question was the cherry on top.


  19. 69. Pam Scherbatsky  

    Go Mindy! And go Tanster, for having these every week. Sucks I missed the question thread, though!


  20. 68. Nadine  

    Back again to be annoying about the German part – I’m pretty sure he said “englein,” which would be “little angel.”
    Call me crazy. Do it!!

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