It was awesome to chat with The Office’s Brian Baumgartner this afternoon in the OfficeTally Chat Room.
Brian discussed what it was like working with Stephen Merchant and Amy Ryan, why he is ‘King of the Internet,’ and what food he’ll never be able to eat again, because of The Office. Thank you, Brian, for keeping the LOLs coming at a steady pace!
A full transcript follows after the jump, perhaps with a few spoilerish morsels …
tanster: Hi Brian!
tanster: I’d like to welcome The Office’s Brian Baumgartner to the OfficeTally Chat Room!
Brian Baumgartner: Hey everybody
Brian Baumgartner: Happy Sunday
tanster: If you have a question for Brian, please enter it to add it to the queue. We’ll get to as many as we can
tanster: Are you ready for us, Brian?
Brian Baumgartner: More than
Brian Baumgartner: bring it
Danny: hi brian. thanks for coming in to see us!
jim mosby: Greetings Brian
Brian Baumgartner: hello all
bb2904: brian, do you guys use your mugs with your faces on them on set?
Brian Baumgartner: we do. since we filmed that episode, we have had them in various stages of use. Mine currently has M and Ms in it
Brian Baumgartner: ha
Brian Baumgartner: Angela has cat feces in hers
tanster: yay, you have your sound turned up :)
bb2904: haha thats great
kreidy: What was it like working with Stephen Merchant? Did he have any particular input that was really helpful?
Brian Baumgartner: Besides being a total ass…. Stephen is great
Brian Baumgartner: joke
Brian Baumgartner: he is an executive producer… so of course i only have great things to say about him
Brian Baumgartner: no, i would say…
Aimee: I just wiki’d stephen merchant. My bad.
Brian Baumgartner: he was much more concerned with character development and actor process than a lot of our current directors
Brian Baumgartner: found him great to work with, and have on set… the process in the US is quite different than UK, so he has some adjustments with that
tanster: is the UK process slower or faster paced?
Brian Baumgartner: but come on… he is one of the 2 creators, so that was really fun
Brian Baumgartner: hmmm… UK they spend much MORE time on episodes
Brian Baumgartner: so we shoot more material faster
tanster: yeah the office schedule seems pretty tight
Brian Baumgartner: yes….Niiiiiice
apollo: how hard was it to do the “mentally challenged” scenes with Holly without breaking
Brian Baumgartner: great question Apollo….
Brian Baumgartner: it was really just an ok question, but i wanted to say that…
Brian Baumgartner: and i will end my answer by saying… My friend
Brian Baumgartner: ummmm…. Amy Ryan is amazing
Brian Baumgartner: so funny
Brian Baumgartner: so committed
apollo: haha, hi
Brian Baumgartner: she brought a great energy to our show