Brian Baumgartner and Mindy Kaling conference call

The Office’s Brian Baumgartner and Mindy Kaling held a conference call yesterday to discuss the new webisodes and their upcoming trips to Scranton.

They talked ever so briefly about Season 5. Nothing too spoilerish.

NBC very kindly sent along the transcript, and I’ve streamlined it — otherwise it would be, like, 45 pages long.

Happy reading! (And revel in their hawtness.)

Press: It’s been almost a year since we’ve all been in Scranton, and I know you’re heading back there and, Kevin, I hear rumors you might stop in a little bit later this month too. What are you guys looking forward to going back to see again or maybe that you didn’t experience the first time?

Mindy: I’m just ready for the food. The entire time we were there, we toured all of like the different competing hot dog places and supers but I never got to have any food. So what I’m hoping is I’ll have like 20 minutes to sit down and like eat a lobster with a bib on like Scranton people. That’s like kind of the most exciting for me.

Brian: I heard they’re actually, Mindy, they’re not allowing you to eat when you’re there.

Mindy: No, is that part of my contract, not eating?

Brian: That was part of it. There’s no eating, you must work the entire time. That’s what NBC has dictated. Sorry about that.

Mindy: This is the worst.

Brian: Yeah.

Mindy: This is the worst.

Brian: You know, I am excited, I am going back actually I think a week after Mindy. And one of the things that I am excited to do is I’m going to — I’m sure you guys have been seeing the lovely promos on NBC for Celebrity Family Feud but we did participate in that for a local Scranton charity called the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania and it’s located right in Scranton. And it is for victims of child abuse and they also do education and prevention programs. And I am very excited actually to go and meet those people that we played for.

Mindy: Brian, in the family what position do you feel like you were and in your familial unit? Were you like the father, were you like a cousin?

Brian: I was — no, I was definitely the father.

Mindy: Okay.

Brian: Yeah, Creed was like the illegitimate son …

Mindy: Okay.

Brian: And everyone sort of had their role but I would definitely say that I was like daddy bear.

Press: Now Brian, for you and Mindy you guys have become almost like pop culture icons on the show…

Brian: Definitely, especially me.

Press: Being on Family Feud and now the webisodes are all about Kevin and they’re hilariously funny. How much fun were they to make knowing that they were going to kind of be this extra little gift to the fans?

Brian: Well Steve Carell may be the star of The Office, but I am huge on the Internet. I am like a complete and total star of two-minute clips online. So it was fun. We got to work with people doing different things. Brent Forrester was directing and he’s one of the writers on the show, and kind of got together guerrilla style with a crew.


  1. That was a really great read. Brian and Mindy are so funny! Thanks for posting!

  2. Kool Aid man rocks…so does Mindy!

    Thanks Jennie for putting this together.

  3. That was awesome! Great job Brian and Mindy – that interview was both hilarious and informative :) Thanks for getting that transcript together, Tanster! Just a question: Were there a bunch of people at the interview? Because there is “Moderator”, “NBC”, and “Press”.

    [from tanster: yes, “Press” represents the eight or so press people that listened in on the call. each got a turn to ask questions.]

  4. “Mindy: I was actually in Cambridge with B.J. Novak three days ago and we had Vietnamese food at Sylvester in Harvard Square. So yeah I did it.”

    Cool, someone posted on June 30th on the IMDb forums that they saw Mindy and B.J. eat dinner in Cambridge, but at East Coast Grill in Inman Square in Cambridge, not at Sylvester in Harvard Square.


  5. What a fun conference call! I wish there was a video, though. I can just imagine how they said the transcript…

  6. Thanks for clarifying, Tanster! No joke, we would all be lost without you!

    [from tanster: no problem. when i heard about this transcript, i knew i had to get it for you guys! :) ]

  7. I love that the press person called Brian “Kevin” in that first question. Haha, oops!

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