Jen Celotta answers ‘Goodbye, Toby’ questions

Here is the final Q&A of the season, which answers your Goodbye, Toby questions.

The wonderful Jennifer Celotta, who co-wrote ‘Goodbye, Toby’ with Paul Lieberstein, presides over this Q&A, with guest contributors sprinkled throughout. Enjoy!

Q. Was it really hot the day you filmed the outdoor party scenes? Everyone looked really sweaty. Michael’s singing and dancing was hilarious. How many takes did Steve do, and was everyone else cracking up? | Jaz

Jen: It was pretty hot when we shot those day scenes and then at night the temperature dropped and we all had hand warmers in our pockets.

I think Steve did three takes of “Goodbye Toby” and he really let loose on the last one — he also did some Michael Scott-style break dancing and started a conga line — I believe the full version of his song is being cut together, possibly for the Season 4 DVD, but don’t quote me on that.

Q. Who were the other “band” members? Members of the crew? Casted musicians? Friends who jam with Craig? | MNFan

Jen: The other band members were friends of Craig’s that he plays with and they were great. I especially liked Craig’s vocals on the Norah Jones song “Don’t Know Why.”

from tanster: here’s a band introduction from Craig Robinson —

Craig: Yes, that is my band. The bass player is my brother Chris Rob, the drummer is Asa Watkins, and the guitar player is David Sampson, also known as Sampsonic.

from tanster: a hello from Chris Rob (bass) …

Chris: I got the gig because I perform in Craig’s band, who incidentally is my brother. We rock the house every time, just like on the Office!

This was my first time on a television sitcom, but not on a TV show. While touring with John Legend, I was on many talk shows, including Oprah, Ellen, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and the Tonight Show.

Working with Steve was crazy, it’s very difficult to keep a straight face while doing the take … there was some footage I was praying they would put in the show of him dancing, but they didn’t! I think he’s like a new Steve Martin, he’s great.

from tanster: and a hello from David Sampson (guitar) …

David: Craig held auditions. There were thousands of applicants lined up around Staples Center. He was looking for a hot chick, but I had the best chemistry with the band.

Steve is totally loose. He is all about the improv. We did a few takes and each one was totally hilarious and different. One take, he took my guitar and ripped an Eddie Van Halen style guitar solo! It was just too out of character for Michael, so they cut it.

I had a great time filming that episode. The crew and cast were all super friendly and professional.


  1. Wow, what a compilation!

    A big thank you to Tanster, Jen and all the special contributors!

  2. Another awesome Q&A for us fans.. thanks to TanMonster & Jen, I’m also always amazed at how much in-character work Jenna does with Pam. it’s awesome.
    Can’t wait for the Season 4 DVD :-D

  3. That was a great read. Thank you thank you tanster, Jen, and all the special commentators! I still can’t get over how awesome it is that the fans actually have contact with the creators and executors of the show =)

  4. Thank you for sharing so much with us . I love learning about extra details regarding the show. It sounds silly, but this show brings a lot of joy to my life

  5. I love these! Thank you to Tanster, for orchestrating them all!

    Glad to hear about the choice of, “Just My Imagination.” I had wondered the same thing about the lyrics and if they were significant. It’s such a romantic song- GOOD choice writers- one I wouldn’t have quite expected but so sweet and magical and perfect!

  6. Thank you so much, Jen and Tanster! I love these Q&As. My favorite part is Mose’s answer. I love him and I hope we can see more of him in Season 5! Thanks again!

  7. I read this whole thing really slowly to let the joy last as long as possible. Jen! Jenna! Mose! Rainn! Band guys! Man, this was good. Can’t wait for Season 5.

  8. This was the most amazing q&a yet! I loved Mose & Rainn’s responses! This almost makes up for the lack of commentary on this episode for the s4 dvd. :)

    Target should put together a booklet of all of these q&a’s as a special feature!

    Thank you so, so much for doing this Tanster.

  9. Great stuff! I really hope that this trend continues next season. It’s rapidly becoming my favorite feature on this site. Thank you, Jen and gang! Terrific insight! See ya next year!

  10. So, Mose names every animal ever after what he’s seen it eat? They must have a lot of livestock named “Grass” and “Oats”.

    Mose’s baby will be named Milk.

  11. Thank you Jen, Craig, Chris, David, Jenna, Mose, Rainn, and tanster! I hope we can continue this next season!

  12. That was a great read. Thanks Jen, tanster and special guest contributors! Can’t wait for next season. ;)

  13. The rough cut was 72 minutes?!?! There are going to be a ton of deleted scenes in the DVD :)

  14. that was the best Q&A! thanks for getting so many people! and i love that mike schur wrote as mose.

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