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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils Comedy Class of 2013

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    Mindy Kaling
    Mindy Kaling
    The Tireless Talent

    The Mindy Project's Ike Barinholtz pays tongue-in-cheek tribute -- at THR's request -- to his boss, 33, a writer-producer, actress and author

    When I read the e-mail that told me I was being included in The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Class of 2013, I was blown away. Yes, the last year has been quite a ride, and the centerpiece of it has been working on The Mindy Project. But, humbled as I am by this award, I have to split the cash prize with my friend and one of the funniest people I've ever come across, Mindy Kaling, or, as I call her, "Miss Kaling."

    If we're being honest, it's kind of insane that Mindy wasn't included on this list in the first place. She had a huge year. Coming off the success of her New York Times best-seller, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, she left The Office to start her own series, The Mindy Project (now airing in North Korea under the title The Supreme Leader Is a Father to Us All). Once the show aired, it was evident that Mindy strikes a chord with young people, specifically women. On Twitter (where Mindy has as many followers as Jamaica has citizens), I constantly see tweets that say, "I AM Mindy!" or "Mindy gets me" or "Meet horny singles in your area click here."

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    She managed to conceive of, write and produce 24 episodes of this show. That's 12 hours of tape. That's basically six feature-length films or one Terrence Malick film. To be in the writers room and see her take a small idea for a scene and build it into a great comedy run, or to be on set and watch her turn a regular beanbag into a physical comedy set piece, is a thing of joy.

    Hold on. As I reread my e-mail, I now see that in fact it is Mindy who is being honored for her spectacular year and not me. Honest mistake, and I am not embarrassed. She really does deserve it. That's not to say I don't, but she's truly incredible.

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