Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi


Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Daniel Mark Pudi


  • Danny Pudi as Abed on Community.
  • Danny Pudi as Abed on Community.
  • Danny Pudi as Abed on Community.
  • Danny Pudi as Abed on Community.
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Danny Pudi is a fast-talking comedian and actor who honed his craft as part of a trio of comedians of Indian descent calling themselves Siblings of Doctors. Danny married Bridget Showalter in 2004 and the couple soon moved to California where Danny picked up small guest shots on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Danny made a short film documentary for the ESPN series 30 for 30.

    • Danny and his wife, Bridget, became parents of twins on January 24, 2012, with the birth of son James Timothy and daughter Fiona Leigh.

    • Danny attended Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois.

    • Danny is a runner, and hopes to run a marathon in 2011.

    • Danny grew up in Brighton Park, on the Southwest side of Chicago. His family later moved to Jefferson Park, on the city's Northwest side. Both areas are known to have large Polish populations.

    • As a child Danny took lessons in Polish dancing. He demonstrated his moves while singing in Polish on an episode of The Bonnie Hunt Show.

    • While a student at Marquette University Danny's nick name was Study Poison because he would do anything to avoid studying.

    • Danny rode in Chicago's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    • Danny met his wife, Bridget Showalter, at Marquette University when he walked by her dorm room window, saw a bowl of candy and asked for a piece.

    • Even though he had been getting small parts in TV shows and commercials, Danny didn't give up his job as an actuarial recruiter until a few months after he was cast as Abed on Community.

    • Danny graduated from Marquette University in 2001 with a degree in Communications. He was Marquette's first recipient of the Chris Farley Scholarship.

    • Danny's parents are both immigrants. His father is from India and his mother is from Poland. The two met in an English as a Second Language class in Chicago.

    • Danny may be familiar to many Americans as the "butt-dialer" in a T-Mobile commercial.

    • While part of the comedy troupe Siblings of Doctors, Danny and Ranjit Souri did a routine called "Who's the Bowler?", a cricket-themed parody of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine.

    • Danny learned the art of comedy in Chicago's Second City Conservatory and Windy City sketch comedy groups.

  • Quotes

    • Danny Pudi: To play a character that is so much quicker than you … it gives you a new way of looking at the world.

    • Danny Pudi: (On how often his TV and movie tastes match up with Abed's, a character he plays on the TV series Community) You know, pretty often. I think the tastes are pretty similar. The knowledge is vastly different, because Abed has such a vast knowledge-he's like an encyclopedia. My favorite movie of all time is Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and last year, in an episode, I got to wear Indiana Jones's whip, and I was talking about Indiana Jones a lot. You know, Abed has this love and fascination with '80s movies, with '80s trivia, and with shows that were huge in the '80s. And I grew up then, so a lot of that stuff definitely resonates with me. I think the biggest difference, though, is Abed can name every episode from M*A*S*H Season 4, and I can't name one.

    • Danny Pudi: (On his character Abed's side stories in the TV series Community) Yeah, I mean, it started out-I remember when we first started the show, we were doing photo shoots in the beginning, and people would be like, "Everybody smile!" And I would smile, and they'd be like, "Except you, Danny." And I was like, okay, this is sort of where we're going. Everybody smiles but Danny. And I get it. The Abed character-in some ways I feel like a fan who's won a contest to be in a show. Because I get to kind of be part of the show as well as being the audience in many ways, which I love. The scripts are always pretty damn ridiculous. All the sudden I'll flip to page 23, and it's like, "Abed delivers baby," and I'm like, "What?!" Somehow it makes sense, though.

    • Danny Pudi: (when asked about his goals) I'm not gonna be able to grow a beard, I've realized my limitations as a human.

    • Danny Pudi: I'm a non confrontational person. If I order salmon and I get chicken, I'm going to eat the chicken.

    • Danny Pudi: (on working with Chevy Chase) I feel like I'm in a work-study program. Like I'm an intern and after I do a good take, I'm like "How did I do, boss?" Then we drink coffee, and the whole time in my head, I'm like, "I'm drinking coffee with Chevy Chase." And then we'll walk and go to the bathroom, and I'll be like, "I just went to the bathroom next to Chevy Chase." And then we'll go eat carrots - we eat vegetables all the time - and I'll be like, "Oh my gosh, I'm eating jicama with Chevy Chase." How many people can say they've eaten jicama with Chevy Chase? I have! I have! I've done that.

    • Danny Pudi: I'm a huge, huge sports fan, and Marquette basketball is my No. 1 thing.

    • Danny Pudi: (on showing his mother around the Community set) I could finally be like, 'See, Mom, all that stuff has paid off.' Especially because she still shows up with medical school applications.

    • Danny Pudi: (when asked why he thinks he's been in a lot of commercials recently) This is sort of a good time for Indians, and I am half-Indian, so I'm perhaps riding some of the Slumdog wave?

    • Danny Pudi: (On his success in Community) We're being grouped with all these shows like 30 Rock and The Office. Two months ago, I was TiVo-ing those shows and thinking I might like to audition for one one day, and now I'm on a show that's on the air with those shows, and I get to wear cool shoes every day and get free breakfast and that's my job? It's not real to me.

  • I never like to "review" a person until I have throughly researched them through their performance and real life interviews. Well, for Danny Pudi, I have done just that.

    I first saw Danny Pudi on a wonderful, hilarious gem of a show called Community. The show has an awesome ensemble cast, but for me, Danny stole the show. Danny's portrayal of Abed has made me laugh hysterically, but he has also pulled my heartstrings and made me cry, which, for me especially, is a particularly impressive accomplishment. I don't cry often, but Abed has made me cry tears of joy, tears of laughter, and tears of what I guess I should call longing for the character's happiness. Strange, right?

    But from his humble beginnings as the "butt-dialer" for Blackberry phones, to his improv skills in Chicago, to his current status of scene-stealer on an underappreciated NBC show, Danny is always great. He is very receptive to fans, and it is very easy to find pictures of him in with fans in non-promotional instances (like random run-ins when he could understandably refuse). Plus I always love it when celebrities mention/credit their wives, and Danny mentions his wife Bridget a lot in interviews. And even though he plays an emotionally awkward character on Community, he is never thrown off in interviews; he seems to be up for anything when other, ego-centric celebrities wouldn't be as flexible. So basically, Danny Pudi is amazing as a person and an actor. I look forward to his career expanding even more than it has.moreless