Mindy Kaling jokes about being mistaken for teen Nobel Prize winner

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In case you missed it, this is pretty hilarious: Comedian and TV star Mindy Kaling, 35, was mistaken for Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old who just won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts on behalf of girls and women’s education — in the wake of nearly dying after being shot by a Muslim extremist.

First reported by the New York Times as part of a profile of Kaling, it seems the actress was approached by an elderly man, who appeared to be inebriated, at a party at the Boom Boom Room in Manhattan during the recent New Yorker Festival.

The man praised Kaling (thinking she was Yousafzai) for her bravery and amazing recovery from the Taliban gunshots.

“Did he really think I’m Malala?” Kaling asked the Times writer working on the story. “And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room? That’s the best thing that’s happened all night.”

The actress is of Indian descent, while Yousafzai is Pakastani — and half her age!

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