Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 which she co-wrote with her best friend from college, Brenda Withers—who played Matt Damon.The play was named one of Time magazine's "Top Ten Theatrical Events of The Year" and was "a surprise hit" at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival.known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show.Kaling notes that she is sometimes described as a pioneer, as there are not yet very many Indian-American women on television.In 2010, she received a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series with Greg Daniels for the episode, "Niagara".Fox began airing the series Tuesdays at Eastern Time starting in 2012.She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director on some of the episodes.
Initially, Withers and Kaling had, "for their own entertainment, mockingly pretend to be the best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; that pretending spawned 'Matt & Ben', the goofy play that reimagined how Damon and Affleck came to write the movie Good Will Hunting In 2004, when The Office producer Greg Daniels was working to adapt The Office from the BBC show of the same name, he hired Kaling as a writer-performer after reading a spec script she wrote. If anything feels phony or lazy or passé, she’ll pounce on it." She directed the season 6 episode titled "Body Language", which marked her television directorial debut.
Her contract was set to expire at the end of Season 7.