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Daniel Mark Pudi

(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 40)
Alma mater Marquette University
Years active2005–present
Bridget Showalter(m. 2004)

Daniel Mark Pudi [1] (born March 10, 1979) [2] is an American actor, who is best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community for which he was three times nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and received a nomination for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.

NBC American television and radio network

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<i>Community</i> (TV series)

Community is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon that aired on NBC and Yahoo! Screen from September 17, 2009, to June 2, 2015. The series follows an ensemble cast of characters played by Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and Jim Rash at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado. It makes heavy use of meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and tropes.


Early life

Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Teresa (née Komendant), a programmer and analyst, [3] and Abraham Pudi. His father is American of Indian origin (native of the Jinnuru village in Andhra Pradesh), and his mother is Polish (born in Pokośno, Poland, to Marianna (Organek) and Boleslaw Komendant). [4] [3] [5] Pudi grew up speaking Polish with his mother and grandmother. [6] He grew up on Chicago's south side, but he attended Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois, [4] [7] a northern Chicago suburb. In 2013, he gave the commencement address at Notre Dame College Prep.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States; the fourth largest in North America ; and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

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Andhra Pradesh State in southern India

Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India. Situated in the south-east of the country, it is the seventh-largest state in India, covering an area of 162,970 km2 (62,920 sq mi). As per the 2011 census, it is the tenth most populous state, with 49,386,799 inhabitants. The largest city in Andhra Pradesh is Visakhapatnam. Telugu, one of the classical languages of India, is the major and official language of Andhra Pradesh.

He studied dance in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduating with a degree in Communication and Theatre in 2001. [8]

Marquette University private university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

Marquette University is a private research university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Established by the Society of Jesus as Marquette College on August 28, 1881, it was founded by John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin A north-central state of the United States of America

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At Marquette University, Pudi was the first winner of the Chris Farley Scholarship. [8] Beyond paying for a year of school, the scholarship led to him performing at an improv comedy event featuring Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle, increasing his interest in studying improv. [4] Pudi performed in summer stock theatre in Wisconsin after Marquette, then studied at The Second City in Chicago. [4]

Chris Farley American actor and comedian

Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. He then went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

Improvisational theatre theatrical genre

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Jim Breuer American actor and comedian

James E. Breuer is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and radio host. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998 and starred in the film Half Baked.


Pudi became a recruiter for an executive search firm before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to seek television and film roles. [4] [9] His home-based job permitted him to attend auditions, helping him avoid the "struggling actor thing in terms of waiting tables, temping and so on". He performed in several television pilots before joining the cast of Community . [4]

Executive search is a specialized recruitment service which organizations pay to seek out and recruit highly qualified candidates for senior-level and executive jobs. Headhunters may also seek out and recruit other highly specialized and/or skilled positions in organizations for which there is strong competition in the job market for the top talent, such as senior data analysts or computer programmers. The method usually involves commissioning a third-party organization, typically an executive search firm, but possibly a standalone consultant or consulting firm, to research the availability of suitable qualified candidates working for competitors or related businesses or organizations. Having identified a shortlist of qualified candidates who match the client's requirements, the executive search firm may act as an intermediary to contact the individual(s) and see if they might be interested in moving to a new employer. The executive search firm may also carry out initial screening of the candidate, negotiations on remuneration and benefits, and preparing the employment contract. In some markets there has been a move towards using executive search for lower positions driven by the fact that there are less candidates for some positions even on lower levels than executive.

Telecommuting work arrangement

Telecommuting, also called telework, teleworking, working from home, mobile work, remote work, and flexible workplace, is a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel to a central place of work, such as an office building, warehouse, or store. Teleworkers in the 21st century often use mobile telecommunications technology such as Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or tablet computers and smartphones to work from coffee shops; others may use a desktop computer and a landline phone at their home. According to a Reuters poll, approximately "one in five workers around the globe, particularly employees in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, telecommute frequently and nearly 10 percent work from home every day." In the 2000s, annual leave or vacation in some organizations was seen as absence from the workplace rather than ceasing work, and some office employees used telework to continue to check work e-mails while on vacation.

A television pilot is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful; it is therefore a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity. In the case of a successful television series, the pilot is commonly the very first episode that is aired of the particular series under its own name; the episode that gets the series "off the ground". A "back door pilot" is an episode of an existing successful series, featuring future tie-in characters of an up-and-coming television series or film. Its purpose is to introduce the characters to an audience before the creators decide on whether or not they intend to pursue a spin-off series with those characters.

Pudi has appeared in multiple television advertisements for such products as Snickers, Verizon, McDonald's, T-Mobile, and Pokémon . [4] [9] [10] In 2012, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on GSN's version of The Pyramid with fellow Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown.

Television advertisement Paid commercial segment on television

A television advertisement is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization. It conveys a message, aimed to market a product or service. Advertisers and marketeers may refer to television commercials as TVCs.

Snickers brand name chocolate bar made by Mars, Incorporated

Snickers is a brand name chocolate bar made by the American company Mars, Incorporated, consisting of nougat topped with caramel and peanuts that has been enrobed in milk chocolate. The annual global sales of Snickers was $2 billion as of 2004.

McDonalds American fast food restaurant chain

McDonald's is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald's had its original headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in early 2018.

He portrayed Arash in the comedy film Road Trip: Beer Pong , [11] which received mainly negative reviews, and starred in the comedy horror film Knights of Badassdom , [12] which was one of the highlights of Comic Con 2011, according to HitFix.com. He starred in the Jones Street Station music video for "The Understanding". [13]

He has made cameo appearances in many internet videos, including BriTANicK's "A Monologue for Three". Pudi had a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier , and the live episode of Hot in Cleveland .

In the autumn of 2014, Pudi appeared in the Off-Broadway musical FOUND. [14] In February 2017, Pudi began his role as Teddy on the NBC sitcom Powerless . In 2017, Pudi is currently voicing Huey in the DuckTales reboot. [15]

Personal life

Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter. [16] They met while attending Marquette University in their freshman year. [9] [4] Their twins, James Timothy and Fiona Leigh, were born in January 2012. [5] Pudi is also a runner, and has completed several marathons. [4]



2007Cop Show

Flatland^2: Sphereland



Short films
2009 Road Trip: Beer Pong Arash
2009Nilam Auntie: An International TreasureMelvinShort film
2010Blowout SaleGlenShort film; also writer
2011Fully LoadedDanny
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Little Boy Blue (voice)
2012Leader of the PackDougShort film
2012 The Guilt Trip SanjayUncredited
2012Flatland 2: SpherelandPuncto (voice)
2013 The Pretty One Dr. Rao
2013Vijay and IRad
2013 The Knights of Badassdom Lando
2014UntuckedN/ADocumentary short; also director, producer and writer
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Com Tech #1Cameo
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Nathan Vignes
2016 The Tiger Hunter Sami Malik
2016Taken to the CleanerBillyShort film
2016 Star Trek Beyond Fi'JaCameo [17]
2016After the Sun FellAdam
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Brainy Smurf (voice)


2006 ER Mahir KardatayEpisode: "Lost in America"
2006 Gilmore Girls Raj4 episodes
2006 The West Wing Santos AideEpisode: "Two Weeks Out"
2007–2008 Greek Sanjay4 episodes
2008 The Bill Engvall Show JoshEpisode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"
2009–2015 Community Abed Nadir 110 episodes
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012) [18]
Nominated–TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011) [19]
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013) [20]
2011 Cougar Town Chad (Abed Nadir)Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
2011 Robot Chicken Various voicesEpisode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2011 Chuck Vali ChandrasekarenEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2012The Book ClubDanny6 episodes; also producer
2013 Hot in Cleveland TommyEpisode: "It's Alive"
2013 Royal Pains GarrettEpisode: "Pregnant Paws"
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Levander Hart (voice)Episode: "Unstank My Hart"
201430 for 30 ShortsN/ADocumentary short; also director
2015 Newsreaders Ivan FolangeEpisode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"
2015 TripTank Various voices4 episodes
2016 Dr. Ken TopherEpisode: "Dave's Valentine"
2016 Pickle and Peanut Bike Jumper (voice)Episode: "Volcano/Bike Jumper"
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Buddha Episode: "The Buddha"
2016 Angie Tribeca Garth TweednerEpisode: "You've Got Blackmail"
2016 Better Things DannyEpisode: "Woman Is the Something of the Something"
2017 Powerless Teddy12 episodes
2017 The Guest Book Tim2 episodes; "Story One" & "Story Ten"
2017 Do You Want To See a Dead Body? HimselfEpisode: "A Body and an Ex-Con"
2017–present DuckTales Huey (voice)
2018–present Harvey Street Kids Tiny (voice)

Video games

2017 Hearthstone Professor George Herbert Doyle IV

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