Danny Pudi

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Danny Pudi
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BornDaniel Mark Pudi
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Bridget Showalter (2004–present)
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Danny Pudi
Danny Pudi by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
BornDaniel Mark Pudi
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 35)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Bridget Showalter (2004–present)

Daniel Mark "Danny" Pudi[1] (born March 10, 1979)[2] is an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC comedy series Community.

Early years[edit]

Pudi was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Teresa (née Komendant), a programmer and analyst,[3] and Abraham Pudi. His father is Indian, 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.

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

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 his 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]


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]

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.

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", and had a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as a guest appearance on the first ever live episode of Hot in Cleveland. Pudi is currently in the Off-Broadway musical FOUND.

Personal life[edit]

Pudi is married to Bridget Showalter.[14] They met while attending Marquette University their freshman year.[9][4] Their twins, James Timothy Pudi and Fiona Leigh Pudi, were born on January 12, 2012.[5] He is a runner, and has completed several marathons.[4]



2007Cop ShowSaffaShort film
2009Road Trip: Beer PongArash
2009Nilam Auntie: An International TreasureMelvinShort film
2010Blowout SaleGlenShort film
2011Fully LoadedDanny
2011Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilLittle Boy BlueVoice
2012Leader of the PackDougShort film
2012The Guilt TripSanjay
2012Flatland 2: SpherelandPunctoVoice
2013The Pretty OneDr. Rao
2013Vijay and IRad
2013The Knights of BadassdomLando
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierCom Tech #1Cameo


2006ERMahir KardatayEpisode: "Lost in America"
2006Gilmore GirlsRaj4 episodes
2006The West WingSantos AideEpisode: "Two Weeks Out"
2007Untitled Rob Roy Thomas ProjectPilot
2007–2008GreekSanjay4 episodes
2008The Bill Engvall ShowJoshEpisode: "A Reptile Dysfunction"
2008Giants of RadioTeddyPilot
2009–presentCommunityAbed Nadir97 episodes
EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Comedy (2012)[15]
Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble (2012)
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011)[16]
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (2012)[17]
Nominated – Gold Derby TV Award for Best TV Ensemble (2010)
Nominated – Gold Derby TV Award for Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series (2010, 2012)
2011Cougar TownChad (Abed Nadir)Uncredited
Episode: "Something Good Coming"
2011Robot ChickenAnt Pharaoh
Fox's Boxes Customer
Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2011ChuckVali ChandrasekarenEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Hack Off"
2013Hot in ClevelandTommyEpisode: "It's Alive"
2013Royal PainsGarrettEpisode: "Pregnant Paws"


2011Thrilling Adventure HourProfessor GeniusEpisode: "TAH #19: Inside Out in Outer Space... Again!"
2010–2013Funny or DieJerry Habaludubalah / Himself3 shorts
2011CollegeHumorAbed NadirEpisode: "Save Greendale"
2012The Book ClubDannyProducer
201430 for 30 ShortsDirectorEpisode: "Untucked"


  1. ^ "J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Award Recipients Young Alumnus of the Year Award: DANIEL M. PUDI, COMM '01". Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Danny Pudi Biography". Fancast. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Teresa K. Pudi (Komendant)". Poles.org. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Souri, Ranjit (November 2009). "Desis on Cable: Reshma Shetty and Danny Pudi". India Currents. 
  5. ^ a b Wagner, Curt (23 January 2012). "'Community' star Danny Pudi, wife have twins". Show Patrol (Chicago: RedEye). Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "10 things you don’t know about Danny Pudi". Marquette Magazine (Marquette University). Spring 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ The Bonnie Hunt Show, 9 October 2009.
  8. ^ a b Sweeney Etter, Nicole. "Breakout star Danny Pudi was a hit at Marquette first". Marquette Magazine (Marquette University). Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Halverson, Steve. "'Community' star has ties to Dyersville" Dyersville Commercial, 16 September 2009.
  10. ^ Community Member Becomes One of the Knights of Badassdom!
  11. ^ Trailer for Road Trip: Beer Pong announcement
  12. ^ 'Community' Funnyman Grabs His Sword for 'Knights of Badassdom'!
  13. ^ Music video for "The Understanding"
  14. ^ "Weddings; Showalter-Pudi". Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). 8 October 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "EWwys 2012: Meet Your Winners!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Danny Pudi: Awards at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ Harp, Justin (5 June 2012). "Critics' Choice Awards 2012: The nominees in full". Digital Spy. 

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