Brian Baumgartner on Megan Mullally

Update: Here is the video. (Video no longer available)


Guests: Matthew Broderick, Donald Faison, Brian Baumgartner

Acclaimed actor and Broadway star Matthew Broderick is on the show! He tells Megan about his latest comedy, Deck the Halls. The Bucket Boys, a group of musicians who got their start playing outside of Chicago’s Wrigley Field, perform on the Megan Stage! Then, its actor Donald Faison from the hit comedy, Scrubs. Actress turned author Catherine Lloyd Burns talks about her memoir, “It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks.” Plus, the laughs continue with Brian Baumgartner from NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy, The Office.

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MeeVee’s interview with Brian Baumgartner

MeeVee’s published part one of an interview with Brian Baumgartner (“Kevin”).

Here’s an excerpt:

For me, [my MySpace page is] an extension of the show and the communicating with the fans as the character. (laughter) I understand that no one thinks it’s really Kevin. Well, who understands what people think? I’m sure some people are still skeptical that it’s actually me. It’s been fun and we’ll see where it goes. All these other websites created about the show have really generated a huge amount of interest. It’s crazy. Almost 500,000 people read the blog that I write on MySpace.

Read MeeVee Exclusive: Interview with The Office’s Brian Baumgartner.

Update: Here is part two of the MeeVee’s interview with Brian Baumgartner.

Comedy at work ‘Office’s’ Kevin talks about evolving character

From Scranton’s The Times-Tribune:

What sets Kevin Malone, the portly, slow-talking accountant on NBC’s “The Office,” apart from his other colleagues at Scranton’s Dunder-Mifflin paper distribution firm?

According to his alter ego, actor Brian Baumgartner, it’s his tendency “to say things that other people are thinking,” coupled with a total inability to consider “the ramifications” of his actions.

It’s that type of good-natured guilelessness that has made Kevin one of the stronger supporting characters on the Emmy-winning sitcom, which begins its third season Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Aside from its deadpan, faux-documentary format, “The Office” has set itself apart from other network comedies with its huge cast of characters — 14 regulars in all. Each week, in addition to the five lead characters (office manager Michael Scott, assistant to the regional manager Dwight Schrute, salesman Jim Halpert, receptionist Pam Beesly and temp Ryan Howard), a few of the other office drones, like Kevin, get a few scenes to shine.

In this capacity, Mr. Baumgartner said, the supporting actors play a role similar to a guest star on a more traditional series.

A native of Atlanta, Mr. Baumgartner worked for many years in regional theater before landing the role on “The Office.” The show was among the first he auditioned for upon moving to L.A. from Minneapolis, where he performed at the renowned Guthrie Theater.

Looking for unknowns

Going in, he was already a huge fan of the original British version of the show.

“I identified this as a show that would be good for me,” said Mr. Baumgartner in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “I had just moved into Los Angeles, and I decided they were looking for people who were not known.”

The beauty of the Kevin character, who has a tendency to make lewd, inappropriate comments, is that he’s “a guy who’s only concerned himself with the exact moment he’s in,” said Mr. Baumgartner, who speaks nowhere near as slow as his character. Kevin’s monotone, he said, is one way to get across “the numbness” brought on by his job.

As the show has progressed, Kevin has continued to evolve, his complexities conveyed through his appearance and personal life. For a big guy, Mr. Baumgartner pointed out, Kevin is no slob: he rarely takes off his suit coat and never loosens his tie. It’s also been revealed that he has a fiance, is an accomplished poker player and plays in a cover band with the very amusing name of Scrantonicity.

“You start to (wonder) if Kevin would be different if he weren’t an accountant at Dunder-Mifflin,” Mr. Baumgartner said. “I would like to say yes.”

Then were was the episode where Kevin experienced a cancer scare, which really allowed Mr. Baumgartner to explore the poignancy of the character.

“You saw there was actual concern for this guy. In many ways, he’s not an outsider,” he said. “He seemingly gets along with everyone. He is sort of a gap bridger, in a weird way.”

Mr. Baumgartner has gotten the chance to extend the character’s reach through cyberspace. During the summer months, Kevin and the rest of the Dunder-Mifflin accounting staff were the stars of “The Office” webisodes that ran on the show’s NBC Web site. Mr. Baumgartner also writes a regular blog for, and maintains a Kevin profile page on, where many posters have been urging him and the cast to come to Scranton for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“I’m dying to go (to Scranton). I really, really am,” Mr. Baumgartner, who said he would visit the city himself if the show doesn’t make it here sometime this season.

“That’s a promise,” he said.

Mum’s the word

Like “Office” executive producer Greg Daniels, who was interviewed a few weeks ago by The Times-Tribune, Mr. Baumgartner was limited on what plot lines he could reveal for the new season. In fact, he had a sheet of paper in front of him telling him what he could and couldn’t discuss.

Besides, he said, what’s the fun in giving everything away.

“I just think it’s so much more fun to experience something fresh all the time,” he said. “Let’s be honest, it’s mostly about the Jim and Pam thing. There has to be some sort of resolution, and everyone knows that.”

And what about Kevin?

“There’s a lot of things for Kevin,” Mr. Baumgartner promised. “Be assured that Kevin is around and will continue being Kevin for as long as he can.”

Scrantonicity Request Line now open!

igI can’t think of a better way to conclude our little iPod Giveaway Contest than with the musical stylings of Scrantonicity.

The final question of the contest comes from Dunder Mifflin’s own Kevin Malone:

What song would you most like to hear from Scrantonicity, where, and why?

Please note: Kevin is a singing drummer …

You have until Saturday, August 19th at 11:59pm Pacific Time to add a comment. Please follow the rules!

P.S. Kev, I am so sorry for calling you at work! — I heard Angela yelling at you in the background for taking personal calls. Of course, Angela has called me inappropriate once before, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. Sorry for harshin’ your mellow, dude.