Dennis Fletcher Q&A

Tiffany: The balloon cold open was fantastic and reminded me of “American Beauty”. How was that scene like to shoot?

Dennis: Thank you Tiffany for the question. Unfortunately due to politics I was not allowed on the Office set for the duration of the Office season, and unfortunately that included the warehouse as well, so therefore, due to circumstances that were beyond my control, I was unfortunately not permitted to be present for the filming of the balloon scene you are describing, which I personally saw on my television along with the rest of America, and which I personally enjoyed a great deal due to its comedy. I have not seen American Beauty but I will check it out. Thank you for the question.

Jessie: This is amazing! I LOVE Dennis Fletcher! He’s my new favourite Twitter follow. But I’m more interested in whether he’ll get to write an episode next year, and whether he thinks something will happen with him and Carrie ;)

Dennis: Thank you Jessie, I appreciate the question very much. First of all yes, indeed I will be writing my very own Office episode next year when I am the executive story editor, and I am very much looking forward to it as I have about a million hilarious ideas, many of them involving Jim and Dwight.

As for my personal life, unfortunately I do not comment on that, nice try. The main thing I have to say is the incredible amount of respect I have for Carrie Kemper as a person and as a writer. Not too many people balance class and comedy skill the way Carrie Kemper does, if ever, and Carrie if you are reading this I am sure you will agree. There is something about her that I really do appreciate, it is hard to put into words even if you are a writer you will get tongue tied, it’s funny. First and foremost I believe Carrie Kemper should be happy, because she is an awesome writer and classy person who deserves only the best in life. She should definitely be with someone who takes her places, like Santa Monica, and rides on the ferris wheel with ice cream cones laughing and never just says let’s stay home and watch whatever is on cable. That is something I always understand and I find it odd quite frankly if anyone forgot even for a second. Carrie Kemper is a really incredible person and it is an honor to be in the writers’ room with her, and I believe we are indeed on quite the same wavelength it is almost eerie. Did you know that she is the sister of Erin [Ellie Kemper], no joke, who is a pretty [extremely] amazing actress ,and that is how I feel about Carrie Kemper as a writer, in that she is a pretty [extremely] great writer. There are many other good writers on staff too as well such as Emily [Amelie Gillette?] and Warren and so forth, my what a talented group.

daniel g.: He seemed like a mean person to me. Saying how he hates half the staff, and even Daniel Chun said he’s the reason he’s leaving the office.
Not a good first impression.

Dennis: First of all, Daniel G., the joke is on you because I read all of the questions posted, not just the ones Jennie sends to me, so I can see you talking about me like I am the third person but here I am, reading this and laughing my ass off. The reason I hate half the staff is that they are snobs, it isn’t I am a quote unquote mean person, that is why I am laughing my ass off that you think I am mean when the truth is they are mean, at least the snobs.

PaperCrazy: Do you have plans of having Michael Scott come back as a guest in an episode to check on his friends?

Dennis: Once again Michael Scott is a character not a real person, he is played by Steve Carell who is famous from the movies Anchorman and Get Smart and so forth. The reason he seems real is because Mr. Carell is such a brilliant and talented American actor. To get Michael Scott in an episode I believe Toby aka Paul Lieberstein would call his agent and his agent would contact Mr. Carell’s agent and explain how we wanted him in an episode and explain how much money Paul would pay him. They would negotiate. Perhaps Mr. Carell has a manager as well and that would be another element to consider. Thank you for the question PaperCrazy. It is so [extremely] funny to me that people do not understand how television shows work, aka, they think the people are real and do not know about all the writers, story editors, and so forth who are making it all happen! I know you know but I just think it is hilarious how so many people do not know.


  1. I know whoever is behind this is trying to be funny by being annoying, but it is not funny at all. I did not even smile once. It is not even believable. What a waste of space on this otherwise wonderful website.

  2. Wow. Does everyone understand that the office characters aren’t real? Fellow tallyheads simply wanted to know the plans the writers have for the characters, we get that they are played by ACTORS. I’d rather see the office end this season than have Dennis Fletcher as the executive story editor for season 9. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the office characters aren’t real?

  3. Are you even sure he’s actually a real story editor on the show?

    Everything he types sounds like something we could all easily write. He thinks we don’t know the difference between fictional characters and the real people? Why did we interview him again?

  4. Also Steve Hely wrote one of the funnier episodes the whole season so…..I’m definitely fine with him having more scripts.

  5. I don’t know if this is indeed an April Fool’s stunt, but I found this very insulting as a long time fan. Like you said we do know the different between Michael and Steve. If this new guy is for real and just trying to be funny I’m afraid he doesn’t know the majority of the fans of this show.

  6. Not your average Q&A…no kidding. Wow. I admire your tact with this, Tanster.

  7. That was embarrassing to read. I feel like 99% of Office Tally readers know more about the show than this guy. Can’t believe Paul actually hired him. Really not a good look at all for the show…

  8. Wow, thanks for this tanster. Sad to see someone so bitter with a show that has probably padded his Resume and career. Have a good one sport!

  9. I particularly like the part where he talks about how he “flys coach by choice” to “keep it real”. Nice of him to provide some insight.

  10. While I appreciate the effort that went into this, as a fan of this show from the very beginning – I find this incredibly patronizing. Constantly suggesting that we are unable to separate characters from actors? Really? Unless we have all had a severe break from reality – we’re well aware that they are two separate entities.

    When talk of this Q&A first began I was hoping this was some sort of joke either by this site or the office staff. Finding out it is real is disappointing, and it frankly makes me a little nervous for the future of my favorite show.

  11. Anyone notice the posting date for this? Does that ring a bell? Lord, beer me strength.

  12. Guys… he is just joking. He is a comedy writer. This was meant to be funny and not taken seriously…

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