Brian Baumgartner and Mindy Kaling conference call

Brian: Well, first of all I love Entertainment Weekly and I hope they never say anything bad about me. And second of all, TV Land would certainly rebut that in that we were just named a new classic or the new classic show from TV Land, which was actually a total gasp, like it was us and the Golden Girls getting like a lifetime achievement award so just us being able to share the stage with Bea Arthur was — and Gary Coleman that was pretty cool.

Press: Mindy any thoughts on that?

Mindy: Well, you know, the original Office, I think everyone in the cast and crew, we think of as kind of a perfect show.

Brian: Oh it’s terrible, terrible.

Mindy: Just that, yeah, I mean it’s like as a writer, certainly the writing in that show is so amazing that I — of course it should be in the top 10, if not the best show ever. And so, we’re honored just to be ever thought of. Entertainment Weekly has been pretty good to us so I can’t complain.

Brian: I do love Entertainment Weekly but the British Office was terrible and let’s face it we have far exceeded…

Mindy: Entertainment Weekly loves you…

Brian: What?

Mindy: Entertainment Weekly thinks you should run for President. Like they love you.

Brian: No I know, that’s what I said three times, I love Entertainment Weekly. I think that they are the best publication except for everyone on this conference call of course. But I mean – no, yeah.

Brian: They just made a slight err- I bet it was a typo. They meant 7, but then there was a 70 put in. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt, though, because they really are a fantastic publication.

Press: Brian I was just curious, the webisodes for Kevin’s loan, it says he finds a unique solution to pay back his gambling debts, I was just curious, what’s he gambling on?

Brian: You know, what isn’t he gambling on? Well I think that he loves sports gambling. I mean I think that that’s been in a couple of episodes. It was actually also sort of a call back to the original webisode series of a couple of years ago where he was betting on sports.

But as in the episode that I can’t remember the title that was directed by Harold Ramis that was written by BJ Novak…

Mindy: Safety Training, Safety Training.

Brian: Safety Training, you know, he made a bet that — he basically said that any time you can get odds, you should take it, even if it’s a horrible bet. So I guess I’m rolling with the fact that he would pretty much bet on anything.

Press: And Mindy I was just curious, the end of The Office games is the beet eating contest. I was just curious how would you have done at that?

Mindy: Look, I know a lot of people think of me and they like, oh that girl is really sexy, that girl is really put together, she would never do something as unladylike as a beet eating competition. Well let me just say that that is not true. I will be eating beets as fast as humanly possible and I hope to win. Yes I’m seeing a lot of the events, yes I am a cast member on the show, but does that mean I’m not going to force myself to eat thousands upon thousands of beets, no not at all…


  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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