Mindy Kaling discusses the demands of TikTok on new comedians and the future of comedy.

Mindy Kaling discusses the demands of TikTok on new comedians and the future of comedy.

This article is a part of a USA TODAY series exploring the history of comedy and the prospects for the business in the modern era.

California’s WEST HOLLYWOOD – Over the past two decades, comedy has undergone significant transformation, and Mindy Kaling has seen it personally.

The legendary actor-writer-comedian, whose TV career began in 2005 with her role as Kelly Kapoor on the blockbuster comedy “The Office,” gives wise counsel to aspiring comics attempting to break through on platforms like TikTok.

Despite the fact that many comedians have developed fan following because to these platforms, Kaling claims they might place unnecessary pressure on creators to continuously release work in the hopes of being discovered.

She tells USA TODAY at the Pendry West Hollywood hotel in June, “To me, the reason I’m successful is that when I was younger, I watched everything. I really picked up on the formats.

TV and movie shows In her early twenties, Kaling binge-watched “Saturday Night Live,” “In Living Color,” and “Happy Gilmore.”

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And when she and other showrunners are choosing who to employ onto their writing staffs, Kaling thinks TikTok clout is more valuable than knowing the forms of comedies like these inside and out. The shows “Never Have I Ever” on Netflix and “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on HBO Max now have Kaling on board as an executive producer.

Although there is a lot of comedy coming from TikTok, she notes that most of the performers she hires enter the industry via a more conventional path. Even if the plot is very unique and engaging, 90% of the other showrunners I know that work on programs simply want that good, old-fashioned script that adheres to the traditional TV norms.



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Regarding the future of comedy, Kaling asserts that viewers have started to favor movies and television programs that the business did not anticipate would be popular. She cites as examples the homosexual rom-com “Fire Island” on Hulu, starring Joel Kim Booster, and Ziwe’s self-titled Showtime variety series, which uses subversive humor to address politics and culture.

She claims that comedy stars now look very differently from how they did in the past. “I really like where comedy is going. It’s a cool, cool world if people like Ziwe and Joel Kim Booster can prosper right now.”

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