Upon being greeted with,
“It’s Pudi time!”, Danny Pudi
of NBC’s Thursday comedyThumbnail image for Community_Danny_Pudi.jpg “Community” says, “That’s the name
of my company. It’s my corporation here for
production, with which I do videos.

also, it’s just to make sure I’m on the government’s watch list, because they
want to know where I am at all times.”


He does a deadpan blink,
then, “Kidding.”


A Chicago
native, Pudi can also sing in Polish, as he demonstrates while shooting promos
on set at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.


“I sang a lot as a
little kid,”
says Pudi, the son of an Indian father and a Polish mother. “My
mom would be very happy.”

(BTW, he can also dance
while singing in Polish, as demonstrated here.)

On “Community,” set at a
junior college in Colorado
Pudi plays Abed, a socially awkward Muslim student fascinated with pop culture
and movies. His best pal is fellow student and former high-school football star
Troy (Donald


Community_Donald_Glover.JPGBoth Pudi and Glover
come from a comedy background – Glover was a writer on “30 Rock” – and the two
have become known for the short, sometimes musical, (sometimes dancing) vignettes at the end of
each episode.


“It’s a really funny
Pudi says, “to do something quick and fun that is not necessarily tied to
the show but takes you into the world of Greendale and these characters, Abed
and Troy, and allows us to play off each other. We’ve been shooting those on
the fly. There’s not a lot of prep time.”


Playing a film buff also
means that Pudi sometimes has  homework.


“It’s kind of cool,” he
says, “when my homework is to literally go home and watch ‘Meatballs,’ with
Bill Murray. I’m like, ‘This is my homework. Sorry, guys. I can’t go out


I’ve got to study.’ They’re
like, ‘Oh, man, you can’t come out and play?’ I’m like, ‘No, man. I’ve got to
watch ‘Meatballs.’ “


Birthplace: Chicago

School cred: Attended Marquette University
in Milwaukee (and remains a big fan of Marquette basketball).


Chicago sports cred: “We have a split family.
My wife’s a Cubs fan, and I’m a White Sox
Community_Joel_McHale_Danny_Puci.JPG fan. It’s fine. She’s also a Packers
fan, and I’m a Bears fan.” Also, “I’m playing fantasy football with (co-star) Joel
McHale right now, and our team is kicking butt.”


Movie cred: “Cop Show” (2007), “Nilam
Auntie: An International Treasure” (2009)


TV cred: “The West Wing,” “ER,” “Gilmore
Girls,” “Greek,” “The Bill Engvall Show”


TV commercial cred: McDonald’s snack wraps; best
known for Blackberry’s “butt dialing” commercial

Posted by:Kate O'Hare