The Office ad fail

From Tallyhead Elise:

“I was on vacation in Chicago, and there is this red truck roaming around the streets of downtown Chicago, the back of which contains a life-sized diorama of ‘The Office,’ with mannequins of Pam, Jim, Dwight, and Michael. The truck has the show’s logo on it and the times for the show’s syndication run on a local station. The truck also plays a sound loop with a clip of the theme song, Michael talking, and a voice-over promoting the show.

It would all be really cool, if the mannequins they used weren’t the worst-possible likenesses of the actors (which they are — Pam is blonde!!), and the set looked anything like something from the show (which it doesn’t). It’s weird and disturbing but somehow also awesome.”

The Office

The Office


  1. OMG I live in Chicago and saw this on the street! Bigtime FAIL. Good idea but those mannequins are just awful and look nothing like the Office. Hilarious.

  2. I think the problem is that they couldn’t afford likeness of the main characters and got secondary characters instead. Blue Shirt Guy is obviously supposed to be Justin from Job Fair and Argyle Sweater Girl is Elizabeth the Stripper.

    [from tanster: hahaha!]

  3. P.S. What is the guy doing with his hand who is standing in front of Pam….that looks somewhat inappropriate. LOL!

  4. WTH? When in Chicago please eat the pizza, watch a Cubs game (well next year anyway) and pay no attention to the crazy WFLD folks. I cry for my hometown.

  5. This is creepy — but only because it’s an official advertisement. If it were an OfficeTally contest (“Create a scene from The Office on the back of a pickup truck”), I would totally vote for this one! haha!

  6. The Jim figure looks closer to Daniel Radcliffe, and Pam kind of has a Chloe-from-24 look on her face.

  7. Well, that gave me my laugh for the day, if nothing else! Pam is having the worst hair day ever, and Dwight is in grey (I’m guessing that’s Dwight standing in front of Pam?). But, hey, the idea was cool if not the execution.

    P.S. Ruth, the ad is for the show in syndication (i.e. the reruns airing on different networks/stations). Canadians must love The Office, because up here the reruns are on like 10 different networks.

  8. These guys look like Michael’s dummy’s friends…except Michael did a better job with his :P

  9. Okay, so…

    Pam is wearing Angela’s clothes. And has straight, unwashed dirty blonde hair.

    Jim is not wearing a tie, standing behind Dwight, and staring stalker-ly at Michael.

    And Michael is…grabbing his crotch.

    Looks like the set of a bad Office porn.

  10. Am I the only one that noticed it says FOX Chicago??
    I’m sorry, but isn’t the office on NBC? :P

  11. It’s like squishing a spider under a book: It’s going to be disgusting but I have to look.

  12. I live in Chicago and have seen this twice and each time I start cracking up. It is so, so horribly executed. Pam’s face kills me!

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