How Mindy Kaling’s Late Night exposes TV’s women-less writers rooms
Us shows are filled with male hosts and production teams.
The comic’s new film draws from her experiences in the industryRevenge must feel sweet for Mindy Kaling.
Fourteen years ago, she was the “diversity hire” – the first female writer and person of colour on the Us version of The Office – and pretty much American comedy as a whole.
Now Kaling brings us Late Night, written by and starring herself as Molly, the only female writer and person of colour on Emma Thompson’s ailing late-night TV show; “a vibrant splash of colour on the grey canvas of our writing staff,” as Molly puts it.Of all genres, Us late-night TV remains dominated by male writers and hosts.
Late Night mines Kaling’s early career for laughs but it’s clearly born of painful experience; she is alienated, humiliated, resented and disrespected.
It was a similar for Tina Fey with her sitcom 30 Rock,
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