Got a ‘Murder’ question for Danny Chun?

Danny Chun is one of the newest members of The Office writing team and penned last night’s episode, ‘Murder.’

I’m excited that he’s agreed to do a Q&A with us! (I actually told him it was a requirement for new writers. Shhh.)

If you have a question for Danny about ‘Murder,’ please post it in a comment below.

This post will close at 11pm Pacific Time tonight, so get your questions in today!

P.S. You can follow Danny on Twitter at @dannychun.


  1. Welcome to our little kingdom, Danny. I brought D-shaped bagels for you.

    One of the credits to both the writing and acting on the show is how improvised and real it feels. Were the accents we saw make it to air fully scripted as such or did the actors play around with it? Furthermore, did you write in collaboration with the actors, giving lines to those who would put in the funniest performance? And finally, there’s Oscar’s line. How much of that was you, and how much Oscar?

  2. Why isn’t Pam showing yet? She was showing a little in Koi Pond, but you could hardly see her baby belly last night! You’d think she’d feel the baby kicking or something by now! I almost forget that she’s pregnant sometimes!

  3. Great episode, Danny!

    Question: How did you come up with the idea for this episode?

    Question: How long did it take to work on everyone’s southern accents?

  4. Hello Danny!
    You are a hard working writer, working on The Simpsons and The Office. Are there similiar atmospheres in the writer’s rooms and did writing for The Simpsons help you write for The Office?

  5. LOVED the episode, one of my favorites in a long time. My only question was why keep Andy and Erin apart? It’s starting to feel very Jim and Pam. The shy/awkward thing is nice, but Andy was VERY bold with Angela, so it doesn’t seem to fit with Erin being a much less intimidating woman.

  6. GREAT episode, Danny!

    My question is if the idea for this episode started before The Office Clue game came along or was the tie-in advertising for the Clue game just a natural thing to do since the episode was very Clue-like?

  7. Hey Danny! Welcome to our family… ;)
    The episode was awesome! My husband had not laughed this much watching the show since season 3!
    Oscar: that was pure gold!
    Here’s my question:
    When you wrote the episode, could you hear the characters talking with a southern accent in your head? Was it similar to the final result? What about Oscar?


  8. Hi, Danny! This episode was brilliant! I know you’ll fit in well with the other amazing writers on The Office.

    My question is this: Where did you get the idea for such a ridiculous (yet hilarious and classic Michael) premise? Have you ever participated in such a game?

  9. I’m always curious how much the lead writer of an episode writes. What parts of the episode would you say you are most responsible for? What are some of the parts that other writers came up with? Thanks! Great job!

  10. I take it “Belles, Bourbon, and Bullets” is not a real game (thank you Google). Did you guys come up with names for all of the characters in the game or just the ones we heard? Voodoo Mama Juju= A+

    Also, where has Ryan been?

  11. Just how much blooper footage are we going to see from this episode alone? This looked like one of those. I’m sure many of the actors broke? (paging John Krasinski!)

    Great episode! Definitely the funniest one this season!

  12. I’m actually interested in hearing about how the writers determine character progression, particularly Pam’s evolution. It’s been discussed here and elsewhere that she has noticeably changed from the quiet, unassuming girl she was in the earlier seasons. Is this a conscious decision? And how much time is spent on continuing to form the character in the writer’s room?

  13. What a great episode! I have a couple of questions. 1. Did you write the cold open as well, if not who’s idea was it? Watching Dwight desperately try to counter his own attacks and eventually catch himself by surprise was priceless. 2. If there were actually a murderer working at Dunder Mifflin, who do you most medium suspect?

  14. Hey, Danny! Fantastic episode.

    When the gang wasn’t shooting did any of the actors keep their accents going?

    Are there any plans to do commentary for this episode on the DVD? I feel that this one is worthy of that distinction and I want as much behind the scenes talk on this episode as I can get!

    Thanks for your time.

  15. When do you get your next episode to write? Will B.J. Novak be writing one at some point?

    Do you feel there is a new group of writers taking over compared to the days of Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg, Michael Schur, Greg Daniels, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Jennifer Celotta. They still write, but not on as regular a basis. Now we are seeing more Aaron Sure, Brent Forrester, Charlie Grandy, yourself, Justin Spitzer, Warren Lieberstein, Halisted Sullivan. Is it hard to keep the continuity of tone and character?

  16. Not a question, just praise: I loved Creed fleeing the scene when he heard that they were trying to find out who the murderer was.

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