Kal Penn’s obituary

07look2Being without internet since moving this weekend pushes you out of the loop.  There’s a general sense of doubt as to what’s “going on” with the world. 

So when I logged into the site this morning, I was surprised by one of the search terms that led people to the site: “kal penn obituary”

Usually people come to the site after searching for some combination of g-spot, Jenny Lewis, or Kristen Bell.

Wait, what?  Kumar died?  No, no he didn’t.  But his character on FOX’s House did last night.  Dr. Lawrence Kutner committed suicide

And now a big event on a show, I sorta enjoy watching has been ruined for me.  Thanks world. 

Within minutes of the “suicide”, an obituary page for the fictional doctor had popped up on Fox’s web site. In addition to a video, there’s a formal ‘obituary’ note, part of which reads:

Kutner received a full scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Physics. He then attended the University of Tel Aviv Medical School and completed an internship and residency in Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine through the University of Colorado.

‘He wanted to be a doctor since seeing ‘M.A.S.H.’ as a kid,’ said his close friend and colleague Dr Chris Taub. ‘I think he modelled himself a little bit after Hawkeye Pierce.’

Kutner’s girlfriend Nicole Brewster remembered that Lawrence, being adopted and of Indian ancestry, always felt like an outsider. But she said he didn’t resent it — instead, he felt the experience gained him added insight and perspective. This drew him to take atypical paths in his career and personal life. One such example is when he decided to break the world record for distance crawling. After a grueling 43 hours, he managed to crawl 20 miles, and earn himself a place in Guinness Book in 2002.

Weird.  Not sure why people would think that the actor also died last night, but whatevs. Kal Penn left the show to work for President Obama.  Kumar is the country’s new Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Liason. And while the pay ain’t great (not that he needs it), the prestige is; which is why Penn is jumping at the opportunity.

In a sit-down with EW, he explained his departure:

‘I was incredibly honoured a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organisations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.’

Asked if he’s retiring from acting, Penn replied evasively. ‘Not necessarily. Who’s to say where any path leads? I still have a passion for it. But for the time being, I won’t be acting,’ he said.

Besides there has to be Harold and Kumar 3, amiright?

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