Fancast interviews Leslie David Baker

I love reading interviews of Office cast members that we don’t normally hear from.’s Todd Gold did a nice one with Leslie David Baker:

What’s everyone like behind-the-scenes?

Brian and John love their video games. Rainn loves to play practical jokes and harass Phyllis. I like chocolate. Phyllis likes chocolate. We often go on chocolate raids wherever the chocolate may be, we would go on a chocolate raid. Let’s see. What else? Creed likes to create stories. Especially when new people come around on set just to draw them in. Phyllis and I will often wave our hands, go don’t listen to him, he’s suckering you in.

Link: Fancast Interview: The Office’s Leslie David Baker

The art of improv has an interesting story about the role of improv comedy in current film and TV show hits.

The story includes quotes from The Office’s Steve Carell, Leslie David Baker, and Phyllis Smith, as well as a video clip of Jenna Fischer “improvising” with her Blades of Glory co-stars.

I have to agree with what Phyllis says — during the pivotal Jan/Michael scene in “Women’s Appreciation,” where she’s in his office listening to his “break up” voicemail, Steve and Melora improvised brilliantly.

From my set visit notes:

One time Jan growls, another time she starts to cry, and another time, she accidentally gets tangled up in some phone cord or something, and exits Michael’s office in a flustered huff.

On another take, Jan actually throws an orange (or an orange ball, I couldn’t tell which) at Michael. We asked Steve later if he knew that Melora was going to throw something at him. He said, “she got that look in her eyes, so I knew something was coming.”

Link: Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Others Reveal Magic Behind Improv Comedy

Office Face

Chicago magazine talks to Leslie David Baker (“Stanley”) in its December issue.

An excerpt:

Q: How did you get cast as Stanley?

A: I got a call to audition for something called The Office. It was very crowded for the callback, and I had another audition scheduled, so I went to the other audition. [On the way] back, I ran into a whole bunch of traffic … And by then I was kind of sweaty, my clothes were rumpled, and I was cranky. And the character was written the way I was feeling that day, and I just let ’er rip. Two weeks later I got a call: “You got the pilot.” And, voilà, here I am.

Read Office Face.

Thanks to Megzy for the tip!