Mindy Kaling jokes about being mistaken for teen Nobel Prize winner

SHARE Mindy Kaling jokes about being mistaken for teen Nobel Prize winner

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!

The Latest
Forward DeMar DeRozan is a candidate for Clutch Player for a second consecutive season, and guard Coby White is a candidate for Most Improved Player.
The early years of the Karnisovas regime brought a wave of excitement around the Bulls, but now it feels like once Plan A broke down on the side of the road, there was no Plan B.
Officer Luis Huesca, 30, was returning home from work about 3 a.m. in the 3100 block of West 56th Street when a ShotSpotter alert went off, police Supt. Larry Snelling said. No one has been arrested.
The Bears are hoping teams trade up to take quarterbacks, improving their options with the No. 9 pick.