I asked Tallyhead Nation to post their questions about Dinner Party, and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were gracious enough to answer a bunch! I love hearing about all the behind the scenes details.
Thanks, Lee and Gene!
Q. We found out in the live blog that you two wrote the words to that incredibly bad but funny song by Hunter, and the music is by Todd Fancy of The New Pornographers … is that who is singing it? | Troy
A. That is the great Todd Fancy singing. He was great. He did a bunch of different versions for us. I believe that a longer version with extra lyrics will be available on NBC.com sometime next week.
Q. Are there any hidden jokes in this episodes that a lot of viewers might not have gotten when watching it, like in the background or something like that? If so, can you give us a clue about what it is? | Sonni
A. Let’s see … Jan’s ‘office’ was really never used. I don’t know if you can see on camera, but someone had the idea (Paul Feig, I believe) that the desk chair still had plastic sleeves on the arms. What else, what else. Oh, every photo in the house was of Jan with other guys. There was not one picture of Michael anywhere. And finally, in the garage, there was actually a Soloflex and a Bowflex back to back. Many of the writers love the idea that Michael is completely taken by late-night infomercials.
Q. Is Michael’s condo the same location as first seen in Office Olympics? Also, did the script include an exact pillow count for the quantity of pillows on Jan’s bed? | Jack
A. This is the same location. The production design team on the show did an amazing job to transform the condo from Michael’s design aesthetic to Jan’s.
Q. Was Dwight’s date really his babysitter or was she some random homeless person? | Lisa
A. Dwight’ date was really his babysitter. She was taking the bus home at the end.
Q. Is Hunter’s song about Jan? | WiseWithWorms
A. Yes, Hunter’s song is about Jan. But what specifically happened ‘That One Night’ is left to interpretation.
Q. Were there a LOT of breaks during the dinner party scenes? lol especially when Jan was throwing things around … | Awesome Blossom
A. Breaks? Like actors laughing? Yes! There was a great, loose vibe on set because it was the first episode back. The plasma TV scene, in particular, was tough to get through. Steve was on fire.
Q. Was the Serenity candle logo a nod to Joss Whedon’s Serenity movie? | Shunned Ryan
A. We love Joss, but no, sorry. It was just something we came up with.