Brian Baumgartner and Mindy Kaling conference call

Press: And are you looking forward to I mean continue on doing webisodes and stuff?

Brian: Yeah. We had a great time with them this summer. I know that NBC is going to keep us incredibly busy this year, doing the regular episodes. I don’t know if a primetime episode, whatever you call them now.

Brian: But, you know, I’m sure on our next break again, I know that they’ve been successful for them and they were fun for us to do, so I’m sure that we’ll be doing some more of them.

Press: Yeah, regarding Office trivia, 20 plus years ago I covered a Star Trek convention in which William Shatner who was asked by the fans to recite his ‘space the final frontier’ lines and he couldn’t do it. He pointed out that, hey I recorded that 20 years ago and…

Brian: Right.

Press: You guys saw the episode last week. I figure if Shatner can’t do it, you shouldn’t have to know Office trivia…

Brian: Exactly, thank you.

Press: Is that sort of the same vibe that’s happening? Super fans are seeing the show over and over and you’re doing other things with your life?

Brian: Well, you know, I actually wouldn’t say that because I am a huge fan of the show myself. I love it and I would be watching I’m sure as much as anybody. And I do, again, even though we’ve just done it or we did it a few weeks ago, I do watch every episode on Thursday night when it comes on. And in fact sometimes we get together and we watch the shows at somebody’s house, we still are doing that. Not as much as we were the first two years, just because a lot of times we’re still working. But we will still get together and watch the shows.

And sometimes the episode will end on NBC and then one of the producers will have the next week’s episode and I never want to watch it because I really enjoy seeing it sort of for the first time on TV. But I think it’s more, there was a time two years ago at the end of the year and just different people’s schedules and meeting, they made a half hour episode into an hour and they did all the stuff where literally during one week we were working on four episodes at the same time.

So I think they start to sort of blur together in a way. You know, not really remembering which exact episode what was from. And the other thing is that, as I’m sure some of you know online with the deleted scenes, most if not all of the episodes that come back come back after their first edit at like 40 some minutes. And they need to trim it down to somewhere around 22 minutes.

So we produce an incredible amount of extra material and so I think that’s part of it, I do watch the episodes, I can’t remember where did this take place and you go, oh well that actually never made it in. So there’s a lot of that stuff that I think just there’s — I would say that I’ve had to remember more material and so therefore my specific memory gets lost a little bit.

Press: Fair enough. Could Kevin whip up much enthusiasm for a beet eating contest?

Brian: I think Kevin could enjoy a beet eating contest, I really do. Although by the same token I don’t think Kevin likes beets. So maybe, maybe not. Maybe not.

Press: How has the success of this how changed your life?


  1. 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.]

  2. “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.


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

  4. 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! :) ]

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

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