It's Pudi Time at NBC's 'Community'
"And also, it's just to make sure I'm on the government's watch list, because they want to know where I am at all times."
He does a deadpan blink, then, "Kidding."
"I sang a lot as a little kid," says Pudi, the son of an Indian father and a Polish mother. "My mom would be very happy."
(BTW, he can also dance while singing in Polish, as demonstrated here.)
On "Community," set at a junior college in
Both Pudi and Glover come from a comedy background - Glover was a writer on "30 Rock" - and the two have become known for the short, sometimes musical, (sometimes dancing) vignettes at the end of each episode.
"It's a really funny way," Pudi says, "to do something quick and fun that is not necessarily tied to the show but takes you into the world of Greendale and these characters, Abed and Troy, and allows us to play off each other. We've been shooting those on the fly. There's not a lot of prep time."
Playing a film buff also means that Pudi sometimes has homework.
"It's kind of cool," he says, "when my homework is to literally go home and watch 'Meatballs,' with Bill Murray. I'm like, 'This is my homework. Sorry, guys. I can't go out tonight.
I've got to study.' They're like, 'Oh, man, you can't come out and play?' I'm like, 'No, man. I've got to watch 'Meatballs.' "
School cred: Attended
Movie cred: "Cop Show" (2007), "Nilam Auntie: An International Treasure" (2009)
TV cred: "The West Wing," "ER," "Gilmore Girls," "Greek," "The Bill Engvall Show"
TV commercial cred: McDonald's snack wraps; best known for Blackberry's "butt dialing" commercial