The Office: Inside The Writers Room, Paley Center

This post contains photos and details of The Office: Inside The Writers Room discussion panel held on October 14, 2008, at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. I was honored to moderate the event!

Q and A | Photos | Jennie’s notes

Paley Center listing | Screenshot | Available on DVD

The Office

Credit: Kevin Parry/The Paley Center for Media

Group shot in the Green Room before the event. Jen Celotta and Aaron Shure hadn’t arrived at this point yet. I’m holding my 18-page script!

Back row:
Lester Lewis, Charlie Grandy, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Greg Daniels, me, Michael Schur

Front row:
Ryan Koh, Justin Spitzer, Anthony Farrell, Lee Eisenberg


  1. LA? Wrong Paley Center! Any chance you writers want to come to the one in NYC, too? Please?

  2. Aw, I wish I could go! It’s right around my birthday! But I’m sure someone will share their experience. :)

  3. I’m going out on a limb here & guessing you will be moderating…congrats!! What an awesome honor!

    [from tanster: yes, that is the current plan. :) thank you, i’m really excited!]

  4. Rainn moderated at Comic-Con, do you know who’s moderating at this one? I hope it’s someone I like. Someone cool and awesome and fun. I bet I won’t be let down if that information is made public very, very, very soon.

    [from tanster: i have no idea what you’re talking about. get a hold of yourself!]

  5. Thanks for the info, Tanster. Do you have any idea how much the individual tickets will be? I’m guessing it would be best to become a “member” to ensure even getting a ticket. I’m curious how much additional money would need to be spent so that I can determine if it’s even reasonable to consider.

    [from tanster: no, i looked on the paley site and didn’t see prices either! i hope they’re posted soon.]

  6. Okay, that’s it – I’m moving to L.A. Nothing fun ever happens here in Kentucky!

    But seriously – congratulations, Jennie! You must feel so honored! :) I know you’ll do a great job and give us all the details afterward!

    [from tanster: thanks kenna! “honored” is one word that comes to mind. “terrified” is another. ;) ]

  7. Wow, I really want to go to this! Luckilly, I live in Riverside, which is only a little over an hour outside of Los Angeles. Can’t wait to find out the rest of the info!

  8. First of all, congrats Tanster! This is amazing.

    My question for the panel is: What plans do you have for Ryan once Pam returns from New York?

  9. Congrats Tanster! I’m so jealous! I’m new to officetally (I know… clamp my face in a George Forman grill.) I heard them talk about it on a DVD commentary. But I’ve always been a huge fan of The Office so now I have something to spiral the addiction further! My question is:
    “Is it more diffucult to come up with story lines now being in the 5th season or are there still lots of ideas on the board?” Thanks!

  10. Good luck, tanster! We are all there with you–if not in the flesh, then definitely in spirit! You will be a-MAZING! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  11. Hi Tanster!
    I’m in Chicago right now, but I will be cheering you on! I know you are going to do an awesome job!

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