Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling Talk Presidential Crushes, Double Standards and More
Just off the heels of Vanity Fair's controversial feature on the men of late-night TV, comedic greats and best friends in our heads Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling remind us just how essential women's voices are to the comedy world.
Fresh off the Hulu premiere of season four for her show "The Mindy Project," Kaling sat down with Tina Fey at 92 Y in New York City on Wednesday night to talk about the release of Kaling's new memoir "Why Not Me?" the sequel to her wildly successful New York Times Bestseller "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?"
The riveting duo proved that their funny talents go way beyond the television screen, seamlessly cracking jokes throughout the conversation.
Fey started off the night by thinking everyone for attending, noting the timeliness of the GOP debate.
"You are taking a real risk because what if those guys solve the world's problems?" Fey joked, adding, "That's not going to happen."
Among the funny topics brought up including presidential crushes and wardrobe malfunctions on the red carpet, the two also talked about the ups and downs of the writing process.
In addition to Mindy's writing on her mother, who passed away from cancer in 2012.
"My mother did not suffer fools," Kaling said. "She did not suffer the sloppy, the inarticulate and the pretentious."
She added, "I will never forget the sound of my mother's voice."
Perhaps the of the most timely questions came from an audience member who asked if either Fey or Kaling would be interested in hosting a late-night show of their own anytime soon. They both were quick to say no.
As to why neither Fey nor Kaling are interested in the job, they spoke to the inevitable and constant scrutiny that would come with taking it.
"What would you wear?" Fey asked.
"You would have to be neutral," Kaling joined in, acknowledging that a female host's appearance would be closely watched.
Their candid talk mirrors today's discussion on the double standards and sexism women face, especially in Hollywood and comedy.
Kaling's "Why Not Me?" was released in stores this week and is also available for purchase on Amazon.
If you haven't already, watch our MAKERS Women in Comedy documentary here.
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