Danny Pudi had a breakout year in 2009 with his standout role in NBC’s hit comedy “Community.” Pudi stars as fast-talking pop culture junkie “Abed,” opposite Chevy Chase and Joel McHale in the single-camera comedy about a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. “Community” premiered as NBC’s highest rated comedy debut in three and half years and Pudi’s “Abed” has quickly emerged as a favorite of both fans and TV Critics alike. Daily Variety recently named Pudi one of “TV’s Top 10: News Faces for Fall.”
Half-Indian and half-Polish, Pudi was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He graduated from Marquette University, where he was the recipient of the inaugural Chris Farley Scholarship. Pudi studied Improv at The Second City Chicago’s Conservatory program and is a founding member of Siblings of Doctors, a trio of Indian-American comics that perform sketch comedy and Improv at various comedy festivals around the country. His LA stage credits include “Huck & Holden” (Black Dahlia Theatre), NBC’s Diversity Showcase (Falcon Theatre), “Token City” (Comedy Central Workspace) and the staged readings “Loyalties” (Pacific Resident Theatre) and “Air Guitar High” (Pasadena Playhouse). Pudi’s other television credits include recurring roles on hit dramas “Greek” and “Gilmore Girls” and guest starring roles on “Royal Pains,” “Hot In Cleveland,””Chuck,” “Cougartown,” “The Bill Engvall Show” and “ER.” His film credits include Paramount’s “Road Trip 2: Beerpong,” “Thunder Geniuses” from director Michael Clancy, and the horror comedy “Knights of Badassdom,” with Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage.
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