Comedy Corner: Adam Pally on The Mindy Project, Tigers, and Coffee

By  September 27, 2013

130927_Adam-PallyYou can tell a lot about a man by how he takes his coffee. Ok, maybe not; but it is important to note that Happy Endings alum Adam Pally likes his joe black and straight from Tim Hortons.

“They know that since I have two young babies and I don’t sleep, ever, anymore, that I know a little bit about coffee,” he shared about the brand, which will be joining the National Coffee Day celebration this Sunday, September 29 where caffeine takes center stage.

No stranger to the spotlight himself, Pally pepped up over talk about his latest gigs. He’s been bumped up to series regular as a frat boy-turned-OBGYN on Mindy Kaling‘s The Mindy Project, and will be a key player in Search Party alongside T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch.

We fired off six questions to the leading man who filled us in on his upcoming flick, fried marvels, and that one time a Tiger (with a capital T) got loose on set.


Q: What was it like the very first time you worked on The Mindy Project?
A: My first day of The Mindy Project was a little hectic. They were shooting some kind of crazy scene with a bunch of animals and I fell asleep in my trailer. Ike Barinholtz, who plays the character Morgan on the show, barreled into my room and screamed “Tiger!” I jumped up and I didn’t know what was going on. I thought there was a tiger loose or something. Then I ran out of my trailer and Tiger Woods was just walking by, going to shoot a commercial on another set.
Q: You’ve also got Search Party on your plate, which wrapped filming in Louisiana. What did you like most and least about shooting there?
A: What I loved the most about Louisiana was the fried food. What I hated the most about Louisiana was the drunk driving.
Q: Are there any up-and-coming comedians you’ve got your eye on?
A: I think John Gemberling is one of the funniest actor-comedians I’ve ever seen. I [also] saw this really funny stand-up comedian, Michael Che… It’s hard to name names, especially since I’m jealous of all of them and don’t want to give them any exposure.
Q: Do you have any fellow comedians that you look up to?
A: I look up to anyone and everyone who’s doing better than me, because I’m always like “Wow! How did they do it, considering I’m so much more talented?”
Q: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
A: If I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be teaching improv and sketch comedy, which is a pretty great gig in and of itself. But I don’t think I have any other skills than that… so I’d probably [be] dead.
Q: Here’s a scenario for you: it’s National Coffee Day and you can’t find any around. What do you do?
A: If there’s no coffee around and I need to get fired up, I will find a homeless person and pay them $20 bucks to punch me in the face.