Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …