As to whether her late-night backstage scouting paid off, Kaling said that the only salient element of working in a writers room that she didn’t include in Late Night was the seemingly universal and ravenous obsession with lunch. On her shows, Kaling has instituted a Wheel Of Fortune-style lunch destination picking system, complete with paid veto power and a free space where the lucky spinner gets to take home all the veto money. (Seriously, lunch—don’t mess with lunch.) All in all the interview was as charming and funny as one would expect from Kaling and Colbert—at least until Colbert’s fancy-shmancy robot watch went off right in the middle of Kaling’s heartfelt childhood anecdote about seeing Late Night co-star Emma Thompson’s famously radiant Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

“Hold on,” Kaling blurted, holding up her finger in semi-pretend dudgeon as Colbert’s watch-phone (on speaker, no less) explained details about the status of Colbert’s frequent guest rewards at a major international hotel chain. “You’re rich! Why do you need an awards program?,” Kaling berated the blushing and abashed Colbert, who made a big, placating show of removing the offending device and stowing it in his desk. “I don’t even know, I’m in a movie with Emma Thompson, who cares?,” riffed Kaling, comically unmollified.


Mindy Kaling currently stars alongside Emma Thompson in some movie.