Michael Schur and Jen Celotta visit the OTCR

22:57:37 [Action] Jim Mosby: accepts the job of Michael Scott
22:58:02 Angelica: Fitting, mosby. as you are just like him.
22:58:36 attackwithnorth: On a light note, its looks like a you guys make for the funnest sort of picket line.
22:59:11 KKras (GMMR): The Office video that you all did from the picket line is funnier than half the “comedies” on TV
22:59:26 MichaelSchur: attack — It is very sad to have to do it, because we are acutely aware of how many people are being affected by this work stoppage. But while we’re there, we try to keep each other in high spirits.
22:59:50 tanster: i need to put some of your quotes from that vid into the OT quote randomizer
23:00:14 tanster: like brent’s: “i’d punch up this routine, but i’m on STRIKE”
23:00:23 MichaelSchur: Brent is very funny.
23:00:24 JenCelotta: Yeah, it was killing Brent.
23:00:28 Denise (ddker): The local radio station has made fun of some of the picket slogans they are saying out there, mainly because they are writers and slogans sound lame. Today is was “we write the story-a for Eva Longoria”. Please tell me yours are much better than that.
23:00:32 MichaelSchur: He has an insanely quick mind.
23:00:46 tanster: why didn’t he come to scranton? thought he was scheduled
23:01:16 MichaelSchur: Jen is answering slogan Q
23:01:28 MichaelSchur: tanster — he couldn’t come due to previous engagements with family.
23:01:33 MichaelSchur: He was missed.
23:01:37 tanster: totally
23:01:47 mickeyrandy3: CH had a great idea: during the down time there should be a contest with people mixing/mashing up scenes to create new episodes.
23:01:47 MichaelSchur: He is the most physically fit writer in writer history.
23:02:06 KKras (GMMR): Since she’s on strike, can you ask Mindy to update her blog if she needs a creative outlet. That’s one of my favorite blogs!
23:02:12 JenCelotta: Well, honestly, we felt like the chanting part of it we needed to be kinda serious about — it felt like its a serious thing that we’re fighting for and so many people are supporting us that we can’t be too lighthearted about it.
23:02:32 JenCelotta: But it was an adjustment for us as comedy writers.
23:02:32 MichaelSchur: mickey — don’t give NBC any ideas. If they like them, they will put them on the net and call them “SuperNewPeateriffics” or something and not pay us.
23:02:46 tanster: Peateriffics?
23:02:56 MichaelSchur: New-Peat-eriffics!
23:03:04 tanster: oh, okay. NOW i get it
23:03:09 JenCelotta: Mike and naming things again. from the man that brought you toby flenderson and gwendolyn trundlebed.
23:03:11 bobbleheadjoe: we’ve all heard about steve carrel, and a little about raine wilson supporting you guys, how is the rest of the cast?
23:04:25 JenCelotta: mike is typing. almost done.
23:04:30 domzor: ahh, well i have to go now, best of luck to you guys and thank you so much for stopping by
23:04:36 JenCelotta: thanks domzor!
23:05:00 MichaelSchur: What Steve did is straight-up, balls-out (pardon the expression) amazing. He is putting himself in serious jeopardy, and he doesn’t care, because he is doing something he believes in. Other cast members have followed suit. We don’t begrudge any actor for reporting to work, because — and we can’t emphasize this enough — they are legally required to do so, and if they don’t they could be fired. I will say that the entire cast is supportive and thinks we are doing the right thing. They’ve been great.
23:05:31 mickeyrandy3: Mike I’m assuming you still don’t have a Swedish phonebook, will you take a Norwegian one!
23:05:42 MichaelSchur: Any day.
23:05:49 JenCelotta: in addition to being so talented, our cast is the coolest cast ever.
23:05:50 attackwithnorth: It seems to be one of the most tight knit cast and crew on tv, like ever. It really translates on screen.
23:06:18 MichaelSchur: attack — it is. This cast is one in a tra-billion.
23:06:22 JenCelotta: Back to the mindy blog question — I love that blog, too, and she plans on keeping it up.. maybe with a strike section?
23:06:25 MichaelSchur: That’s a real number.
23:06:43 tanster: mindy’s a real number? what?
23:06:50 KKras (GMMR): YAY!! I refresh her blog about a thousand times a day in hopes of an update (and no I don’t work much)
23:06:53 MichaelSchur: Tra-billion is a real number.
23:07:15 KKras (GMMR): There are some rumors out there about boycotting the Dunder Mifflin Infinity game as NBC is essentially profiting off the show in the online space. Anything to that?
23:07:25 lemonade: trabillion…you should trademark it so the networks don’t try to take that too
23:07:30 JenCelotta: Wer
23:07:36 JenCelotta: oopsies. one second
23:07:37 MNFan: To understand – who could potentially fire the actors? The network?
23:07:44 MichaelSchur: Jen is punching a vase.
23:07:50 MichaelSchur: She really doesn’t know how to type.
23:08:11 lemonade: I thought Paul Leiberstein was the slow typer?
23:08:20 MichaelSchur: MNFan — yes, the studios that pay their contracts. They are in breach of contract if they are called to work and don’t show.
23:08:42 MichaelSchur: Just as we are in breach of contract, technically, for not doing “producing” work.
23:08:45 JenCelotta: we’re trying to figure out what the right strategy should be — but for now we like the idea of letters to the studio — like to Jeff Zucker to show support for scripted shows like the office and the creative forces behind them that just want a fair contract.
23:08:54 andilynn: Mike, maybe you should start singing “Jen is at the computer…”
23:08:59 JenCelotta: be honest with me people, is mike making fun of my typing?
23:09:11 CH: i weep for the person who tries to fire steve carell. that is a wrath I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy…
23:09:20 Denise (ddker): Yep, pretty much Jen
23:09:26 MichaelSchur: I like it. “Jen’s on the computer / Which means she’s actually screaming at a picture frame.”
23:09:29 attackwithnorth: He is giving a running commentary of all the things you are destroying with your typing angst.
23:09:34 KKras (GMMR): no he’s not (hey i don’t want Mose hunting me down)
23:09:52 JenCelotta: thanks for being honest, Denise and attack with north. Kkras, what the heck?!
23:10:08 MichaelSchur: Jen just ate a bar stool.
23:10:15 tanster: yikes
23:10:21 lemonade: Do you suggest we not watch any of the office re-runs they air after the last new show?
23:10:24 MichaelSchur: She thought that was how you typed.
23:10:25 JenCelotta: don’t mock it till you try it.
23:10:30 JenCelotta: bar stools are yummy.
23:10:36 CH: Y’all are hilarious; can Mike and Jen come to the OTCR Thursdays at 9 till this mess gets cleared up? Just for the laughter fix?
23:10:45 MichaelSchur: lemonade — one sec…
23:11:42 Parker: Is it a prerequisite to hail from an ivy league school in order to be involved with the office?
23:11:51 JenCelotta: mike is typing. so it should be fast and coherent.
23:11:56 SwayingisDancing: Alright, given my screen name, I have to ask…who wrote “Swaying isn’t dancing”?
23:11:57 MichaelSchur: We’re really not sure. It’s hard for us to tell fans of the show not to watch the show…we just don’t know what the most effective strategy is. If we can figure it out, we’ll let you know.
23:12:13 attackwithnorth: Just Cornell
23:12:31 JenCelotta: we think Paul wrote Swaying isn’t dancing. It was in his episode and he is one funny dude.
23:12:58 lemonade: Thanks! We just want the networks to know that we all support you guys.
23:13:11 JenCelotta: And Gene went to beauty school.
23:13:13 MichaelSchur: Parker – not at all. For example, Lee went to Connecticut College, and Gene went to Modeling School somewhere in the Ukraine.
23:13:22 MichaelSchur: Jinx!
23:13:25 JenCelotta: we need to co-ordinate.
23:13:29 tanster: *jinx*
23:13:38 KKras (GMMR): Ah so that’s where Gene learned his catwalk skills
23:13:43 Angelica: lol
23:13:46 MichaelSchur: he is one sexy weirdo.
23:14:17 Jim Mosby: Why are Lee and Gene obsessed with *boobs* in every script that they seem to write?
23:14:21 MichaelSchur: Okay tanster — we have time for about 4 more questions…
23:14:28 tanster: alrighty
23:14:39 tanster: get ’em queued up peeps
23:14:51 MichaelSchur: Jim — it’s become an inside joke. They do it just for fun.
23:14:56 MichaelSchur: Also, they are disgusting perverts.
23:15:05 JenCelotta: amen
23:15:16 KKras (GMMR): Are all writers who get movies produced part of the WGA automatically or is it something you need to join? Just thinking about Jenna for ‘Lollilove’ and John for “BIWHM” among others. Don’t know much about the WGA (besides what I’ve learned this week).
23:15:31 attackwithnorth: I have to sign off but I want to thank you guys for coming in. Your devotion to the fans can never be questioned. In solidarity!!!
23:15:53 MichaelSchur: attack — our pleasure. Thanks for joining.
23:16:01 MichaelSchur: Jen is handling KKras’s question.
23:16:13 ThatsWhatISaid: I know a lot of people have discussed this in chat, and I’m sorry if this is a repeat question, but if the show does come back, is there any chance of the Dundies being an annual episode?
23:16:22 MichaelSchur: Which means: she is kicking her refrigerator.
23:16:38 JenCelotta: well, if you write a movie for a guild production than you are automatically in the guild, but i’m not sure about those two movies worked…
23:16:59 Denise (ddker): This isn’t really related at all to the strike, but, any chance we will get a Thanksgiving episode sometime before the show is over? Seems like about all the other major holidays have been done.
23:17:44 MichaelSchur: Denise — it’s tricky, because the show doesn’t air Thanksgiving week…we might do one someday…
23:17:49 MichaelSchur: domzor is back!
23:17:59 MichaelSchur: And shan21!
23:18:01 JenCelotta: We’ve talked about maybe doing the Dundies happening again but we haven’t broken that story yet.
23:18:07 domzor: period break in the hockey game
23:18:13 officelover: yes, thank you so much for coming on and taking your time to clear up stuff for us, and explaining things, and just know that we support ya’ll 100% and hope everything gets cleared up
23:18:20 bales: hope everything turns out great for the writers….we’re pulling for you guys
23:18:25 MichaelSchur: Thanks officelover.
23:18:28 KKras (GMMR): Thanks to Mike, Jen and Tanster. This has been not only informative but a real treat. This could be the last time in a long time we are seeing “original content” from Office writers (but hopefully not).
23:18:30 MichaelSchur: And bales
23:18:33 JenCelotta: thanks again for all of your support.
23:18:34 shan21: Michael Schur just said my (fake) name. Wow.
23:18:43 Lara: And we’re writing letters!
23:18:54 JenCelotta: It was great chatting with you all. Have a good night!
23:19:00 tanster: Yes, thanks so much to Mike and Jen for coming into OTCR tonight!
23:19:11 tanster: I’ll have a transcript posted soon
23:19:13 JenCelotta: Thanks, Tanster. You’re the best!
23:19:15 Angelica: thanks again jen and mike! you guys rock and we are definitely all rooting for you!
23:19:22 MNFan: Thanks for being here tonight and for standing your ground. We love and support you 100%!
23:19:26 MichaelSchur: Thanks to everyone for participating. We really want the lines of communication to stay open. Maybe we’ll do this again. or maybe they will come to their senses and actually pay the people who make their shows.
23:19:30 Denise (ddker): It was worth staying up an hour past my bedtime (tomorrow is gonna come very quick)
23:19:38 JenCelotta: Go to bed, Denise! Now!
23:19:56 tanster: we want you guys back where you belong, doing what you do best. and getting paid for it
23:19:58 MichaelSchur: See you all soon. And stay glued to OfficeTally for future updates from us, and maybe some calls-to-arms.
23:20:16 MichaelSchur: You guys rock! Thanks.
23:20:37 [Disconnect] JenCelotta
23:20:40 [Disconnect] MichaelSchur


  1. I happened to pop into the chat for the last 60 seconds of their visit. Soooo bummed that I missed most of it, but I’m glad that Mike felt so positive about it. For the brief bit I saw, there was a lot of mutual thanks and support going around.

    Go writers!

  2. Being in the chat room with Mike and Jen was an amazing experience. They were friendly, informative, and hilarious! No one can question their commitment to the fans, and I actually feel a little better about the whole situation with the strike after the chat. Thanks Tanster!

  3. Damn! I always seem to miss when the stars come in!

    Well sounds like you guys had a great time and I am looking forward to the transcript.

  4. Just like stephanie said, it was an awesome experience to be in the chat room with them and I came away with feeling better about the strike and the hope that because of the way things have changed in the last 20 years the strike hopefully won’t go on as long as the one in 1988.

  5. Man, stuff like this is why I love The Office so much! The cast/crew have always been so amazing to their fans, and you’d think that that would lessen because of the strike. But they’re actually establishing even more of a connection!

    Can’t wait to see the transcript!

  6. When I signed in, I seriously didn’t even see that Michael and Jen were in there. I thought “uh oh .. why am I being moderated?” Then I finally got that 2 of the best writers in Hollywood were in the OTCR! (PS I am a huge fan of Michael Schur!)

    But talking to them really reassured me (and I’m sure a lot of others) that this is all going to turn out okay. We just all hope this gets resolved soon!

  7. Another opportunity to chat with Office people wasted! Curse you,and your lateness Pacific Standard Time!!!

  8. I know that there will be a transcript posted, but is there someone who was in the chat that can give us a short summary of what was said (especially about the future of the show)?

  9. It was amazing being in the chat last night, even if it was only for the last half hour. All of the people involved with the show are truly great people and its the little things like this that shows that they really do care about the fans. No wonder The Office fandom is what it is.

    On a sidenote, I was as giddy as a little girl that Mike acknowledged me and answered my question.

    Thanks, tanster, for having this awesome site that allows us normal folk to interract with these people.

  10. Wow!! I’m sorry I missed it – but this is one of the many (!) reasons this site rocks so much!! You rock Tanster!!

  11. Michael and Jen were wonderful! They were candid with us, which I really appreciated. They were very serious in answering our questions thoroughly, but they also had lovely senses of humor. Thanks so much Tanster (and Mike and Jen of course)!

  12. They’re awesome. All the more reason to continue our support – they truly know how to treat their fans!

  13. Thank you to Tanster, Mike and Jen for a great time in the OTCR last night! It was very informative to learn more about what’s going on with the strike and of course so amazing to be able to chat with both of them. And of course they were both so funny even in just an online chat! All the folks associated with The Office are truly the best people in the business.

  14. I’m going to second, third, a millionth the statements that have been made. I again am amazing and thankful at how personal and thoughtful that cast and crew are to us the fans. In a time and situation like this that they want and will keep us fans informed is amazing! All I have to say is “No Other Show” would do this! Thanks Mike and Jen for making me laugh and I support the WGA!!!

  15. I mimic earlier comments about anyone in the chat room who can give a brief summary about what was said. Just to tide us over…. like about the FUTURE of the show! Someone please…

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