Mindy Kaling visits the OfficeTally Chat Room

Mindy Kaling: You guys know Idris Elba is guest starring this spring?
tanster: of course!
tanster: ‘new boss’
Mindy Kaling: Gorgeous, complicated, Stringer Bell from The Wire
limonada: Stringer Bell! I can’t wait to see how Michael and him interact
Mindy Kaling: Jen and I couldn’t breathe when we first met him at catering last week
limonada: Hot tamale!
Kate: he is a looker!
Mindy Kaling: He’s English and he’s a DJ and he’s 6’1″ and has a ridiculous body

tanster: kelly hooks up with stringer?!
Mindy Kaling: Anyway, so yes, Idris Elba causes a stir among some of the office ladies
Mindy Kaling: I also think there would be funny Andy-Kelly interactions
Cal: lol
Amee: Oh, dear.

Mindy Kaling: Ed and I kind of realized we’ve almost never stood next to each other on set before
anonymoose: excellent! we don’t see enough of them
limonada: You guys should sing together

Mindy Kaling: Wasn’t Ed so great in the Julia story in LC?
Mindy Kaling: Him singing 1-2-3-4 is one of my favorite Andy moments ever
Kenna: Ed is always great :D
Mindy Kaling: Such a dork.
MNFan: I love that guy!
asianman696: i loved when he sang feist
Skillet86: haha that was priceless
Cal: Didn’t you guys share a scene in “local ad”?
Mindy Kaling: Did we? Did we sing together? Maybe we did.
Kenna: Yep – you did!

ChillisBannedMe: I realize I’m late in… but thanks for stopping by! Ultimately who would you like Kelly to end up with?
Mindy Kaling: BJ and I were joking today that, at this point, it might be believable that we just come back one episode and Ryan and Kelly got married
aklarkin: That would be awesome!
Teheheman: Can we say Vegas?
tanster: that would be perfectly believable
tanster: and hilarious

Mindy Kaling: I could also see her marry an Indian guy her parents knew tho as well.
aklarkin: Oh yeah, Ryan wouldn’t want a flashy wedding.
Cal: Hah– I was just going to ask if a Ryan-Kelly marriage was going to happen. That could make one interesting season finale.
asianman696: i hope michael is the ring bearer

Mindy Kaling: Wouldn’t it be so mean to be tease it in a promo “The Office wedding you’ve been hoping for…”
Mindy Kaling: And then it’s me and BJ kissing at some church
tanster: that’s exactly how nbc would promote it lol
aklarkin: I can see everyone thinking it’s going to be the Jim/Pam wedding then BAM! Kelly and Ryan!
ChillisBannedMe: I think we’d all still freak out…… but on a different level
asianman696: that’s a genius idea

limonada: Since you are one of the two women on the writing staff (woot! woot!) do you have a lot of input on Pam?
Mindy Kaling: It’s funny you should mention that
Mindy Kaling: Today we are working on BJ’s next script, which has a great Pam scene that is kind of serious and nuanced.
Mindy Kaling: BJ asked for me specifically to be in the room with him and Jen (with our large staff we break up into smaller groups)
cristin: I love serious Pam.
jennifer1111: What are your feelings about Pam?
Mindy Kaling: And after about ten minutes, he got so fed up with my ideas, he was like “Yeah, maybe you should join another room.” as nicely as he could
Mindy Kaling: So, today I’m not so good at writing for Pam!
Mindy Kaling: :whistle
tanster: lol

limonada: So, did you leave?
Mindy Kaling: that’s me whistling guiltily
Kate: hahaha
Mindy Kaling: I left, and did 15 minutes of online shopping before joining Lee and Justin’s room
The Fire Gal: Aww. Well Pam’s tricky… this Fancy New Beesley has everyone slightly confused!
jinx: LOL
Mindy Kaling: I love Pam. Pam is totally tricky, FNB. You’re right.

Denise (ddker): buy anything good?
Kate: Love it! What’s your favorite for spring 09?
Mindy Kaling: Oh, I’m psyched someone asked me about clothes (I’ll get back to Pam in a second, I promise!)
Mindy Kaling: Charlotte Ronson has a GREAT spring line
Kate: Love her!


  1. Was that fun to read or what??!! Thanks so much for transcribing that awesome chat, Tanster. So wonderful! I love Mindy Kaling’s writing, and her voice and humor really shine in the episodes she writes. I’d seriously be excited to read her grocery shopping list, I’m sure it would make me laugh. It’s so sweet how generous she is to stop by and say hi to us fans. Many thanks!

  2. Thanks for coming in, Mindy! I’m always up for some good fashion talk, lol.

    As for the shorts, hot. What Cat Woman would wear shopping for groceries.

  3. One of the best celeb chats ever….. haha i felt bad for the guys in the room though! We got pretty girlie in there pretty quick!

    My computer had issues halfway through so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the transcript!!(although I have almost gotten caught reading it twice now at work instead of actually working. haha)

    Mindy Kaling complimenting your screen name = priceless

  4. funner than a fashion show at lunch

    mindy you are so sweet for talking to us fans

    the transcript was so funny!

  5. Thank you so much! I love that Mindy writes like she thinks and talks, which cracks me up. Those shorts with heels are weird – definitely NOT hot. They look unnatural and I don’t like the style of either of them. Save your money Mindy and thank you for being awesome!

  6. It never ceases to amaze me that The Office’s cast and writers come in here to chat. specially since mindy was still at WORK! we are the luckiest fans ever.

  7. Mindy, those shorts are hawt :) I love love love them and can’t wait to hear more about the stuff you buy! Keep up the awesome work on The Office and thank you for giving fans a better look at one of the best shows on television.

    Thanks, Tanster, for the transcript and for being awesome. This job is tough, but you make it look so easy :)

    [from tanster: my pleasure! :) ]

  8. Mindy is so sweet! She seems so funny and down-to-earth.

    If you ever see this, Mindy, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  9. I LOVE MINDY. Wow. She’s so much fun and an awesome writer. Her episodes are always some of the most hilarious through the course of a season. And how cool is it to have Idris Elba on the show? Stringer Bell was pretty much my favorite character on The Wire and that is the only show other than Arrested Development that I’ve watched as religiously as I do with The Office. Aahh, I’m so excited!!

  10. I’ve been thinking about those shorts….. I know. It’s an annoying work day. Clothes are so much more fun to think about.

    I LOVE the shoes… but I feel the shorts need to be a different material. Cute look though.

  11. Thanks for getting the transcript up so quickly Tanster! (I missed the chat by probably about 10-15 minutes :P).

    Leesa- Me too! I’ve been hoping for her to come back ever since she left.

  12. I’m sad I missed this! Thanks for transcribing it Tanster, as always you are THE BEST!

    And love the little tid-bits you threw in there Mindy about what to look forward to with the show coming up this spring. (YEAH AMY RYAN! CAN’T WAIT!!)
    Thanks for chatting Mindy, if you read this, I think you are awesome and thanks for doing this for your fans!!!

  13. Ryan and Kelly getting married? Yes please! I hope she wasn’t just joking, I always thought that would be funny.

  14. yay! Thanks Mindy for the awesome chat and spoilers! Idris–YOWZA! So jealous.
    I agree with Mindy about Jim buying the house, my man would be sleeping in that house alone haha.
    I can’t wait to see what Pam has in store for us in the upcoming episodes. Also great to hear Ryan is coming back. Ack! why does there have to be reruns?:(

  15. That looks like so much fun! Can someone please tell me how I can create an account? Every time I try to click on the create an account link on the chat it never works.

  16. I’m so sorry I missed this live but I’m thrilled to read the transcript. Major big thanks to Mindy and Tanster; this was awesome!

    The Office writers are so nice to us fans…

  17. I was about to go to bed when I thought “I haven’t checked OT all day…I’ll just click on over there real quick”. And there’s this! Totally made my night! Mindy is so awesome(also, whenever I type “mindy” into my iPhone it changes it to “money”, which, although annoying, is actually quite appropriate LOL)

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