The Secret Rock and Roll Life of Creed Bratton

From today’s New York Times:

It takes a special sort of person to even be in the running for the weirdest person on “The Office,” but Creed Bratton has arguably claimed that mantle: the character (who shares his name with the actor who portrays him) turns up only once or twice an episode, usually to say something totally outrageous to the camera, make a leering remark about a female co-worker or just to impersonate the Joker from “The Dark Knight.” But he always makes an impression.

Link: The Secret Rock and Roll Life of Creed Bratton

Heading down to The Office

March 22, 2010

I’m back at home now. I spent three amazing days on set and on location as they crossboarded the filming of the last two episodes of The Office.

They needed to shoot two episodes simultaneously because Friday was Steve Carell’s last day of shooting for the season. This means that for the three days I was there, Steve appeared in EVERY scene that was shot. That totaled to over 30 scenes and more than 30 hours on set!

I was truly inspired by Steve’s stamina and grace and good humor through it all.

I might post a few more non-spoilerish photos of the day, but aside from that, I won’t be posting any more information until we get closer to the Season 6 finale on May 20th.

A GINORMOUS thank you once again to everyone at The Office for letting me come and hang out. Every night I would go back to my hotel utterly exhausted, barely able to stand or speak. I honestly don’t know how y’all do it!

xoxo to all. :) Jennie

P.S. Here is the OfficeTally archive of past set visits.

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B.J. Novak talks about the ‘Happy Hour’ tag

“In Japan, heart surgeon. Number one. Steady hand. One day, yakuza boss need new heart. I do operation. But, mistake! Yakuza boss die. Yakuza very mad. I hide in fishing boat, come to America. No English, no food, no money. Darryl give me job. Now I have house, American car, and new woman. Darryl save life. My big secret: I kill yakuza boss on purpose. I good surgeon. The best!”

The Office’s B.J. Novak was kind enough to provide some details about that amazingly hilarious tag from ‘The Office’ episode Happy Hour, starring Hide the warehouse worker:

It was a particular mission of mine to get that in the episode. We shot six versions — two entirely different backstories, and filmed each of them solo at the warehouse, solo at the bar, and at the bar with Darryl.

I liked the idea that Hide (played by Hidetoshi Imura) had a life story infinitely more dramatic than anyone else the documentary crew has been following, but that they had never thought to ask. He’s been a background player for years.

Hide improvised one piece of the monologue: the inclusion of “American car” among his good fortunes. I did not quite understand why someone from Japan would take such specific pride in owning an American car, but I enjoyed it and we went with it.

Schrute Farms on TripAdvisor

From today’s New York Times:

In September 2007, [The Office] asked to use TripAdvisor, a travel Web site, in an episode in which Dwight turns his beet farm into a bed and breakfast… TripAdvisor set up a review page, thinking it would be good for a quick laugh or two… But Schrute Farms is still doing big business… Reruns and DVDs keep inspiring new visits to the site and there are now over 600 reviews…


A Night of 140 Tweets

On Friday, March 12, 140 Twitterati performed their tweets on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade for A Night of 140 Tweets.

Sponsored by Funny or Die,, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 100% of the proceeds of “A Night of 140 Tweets’ go to Artists For Peace and Justice to benefit the Haitian School Initiative.

Here are ‘The Office’ peeps who lent their twittering twalents:

  • Rainn Wilson
  • Ed Helms
  • Mindy Kalling
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Paul Feig
  • Mike Schur
  • Rob Riggle (“Captain Jack” from the booze cruise)
  • Rich Sommer (Pam’s art school friend “Alex”)
  • James Urbaniak (Dwight’s friend “Rolf”)
  • Rob Huebel (Holly’s boyfriend “AJ”)

The video is pretty awesome (warning: parts are NSFW). Download at iTunes below!

Link: A Night of 140 Tweets (no longer available)