Rainn: Really it’s a lovely town. Like there are big old buildings, 100 years old, all over the downtown — big brick buildings that have a really cool industrial look, and a lot of iron work. And stuff like that.
And there’s beautiful hills all around Scranton. It’s like down in this little valley and there’s lovely trees and hills all over the place. A very green city.
Rainn: Brought to you by the City of Scranton Tourist Bureau.
Question: I was actually just wondering — for Greg — do you have a favorite Office character that you like to write stories for? And I know it’s kind of awkward with Rainn right here, but you can be candid. Is there anybody that you really enjoy writing stories for?
Greg: Well I do love the Dwight character, I have to say — and especially writing the talking heads, you know, the interview segments with Dwight. You know, when I was — when that book — I think I — you know, that book about how — what’s that survival guide book?
Basically I look at every survival guide as it’s published. I, you know, I get multiple copies because my friends all go — oh, Greg would be great for this. He’d love this, you know.
And my, you know, wife just got me, you know, what would MacGyver do — some book about that.
So there is something of that character that I really respond to that, you know — the thing about like — there was this special on the Discovery Channel, I think, a couple of weeks ago which I spent, you know, an hour taking notes on and being really fascinated by which was the ten greatest threats to the world, you know, from robots that come alive to the mega volcano, to, you know, new diseases and everything.
And it was so great. And eventually this will filter its way into Dwight’s brain, I think.
Question: Are those talking heads segments — are those mostly scripted or is it kind of half scripted, half improvised?
Greg: There’s usually a script, you know, to start from. And then the directors ask questions. And some of the actors — like Rainn, for example, will sometimes write stuff on his own and come in with them.
Rainn: Mostly it’s, you know, it’s this great — you know, it’s just a wealth of riches and the writing is so good and so funny. There’s so many times I go in and I can’t imagine doing — even changing a word. I mean, it’s just, you know, perfect …
Greg: And yet you do.
Rainn: Recently I’ve just been taking to saying them because they’re just so spot on and you can’t really improve on it.
Greg: There’s probably the same amount of improv.
Rainn: I think the writers would like to write for Creed a lot more. I think — my sense is that, you know, Creed works best in some little doses here and there. But I think the writers really get off on how crazy that man’s brain is.
Greg: Yeah. That’s definitely a thing about comedy writers — it’s like, you know, if you were to see breakdancers and then they all take turns, you know, spinning more wildly or something.
And like what the comedy writers try to do is say the weirdest thing that they possibly can, that makes any sense.
Greg: People do like Creed.
Question: You guys were both mentioned The Dwight Show as a – kind of a horrible spin-off of The Office. I was just wondering, you know, Joey moved from Friends to LA. How would you guys imagine a Dwight spin-off?
Would he be on a beet farm? Would it all be in second life? Any ideas?
Greg: Well we just joke around upstairs. We talk about the detective agency. Have you heard that, Rainn?
Rainn: I think it would be like — in the Seventies, what was the one that was at — Dennis Weaver was on a horse and something …
Greg: McCloud. That’s great, I love it.
Rainn: Yeah. McCloud was a fish-out-of-water cop in New York City and there’s something appealing about that.
Greg: I like that. That’s perfect.
Rainn: There’s something appealing about just watching Dwight going in an opposite direction, not having it be a comedy or a sitcom — but just having it be a reality show about a beet farmer. Kind of like Axe Man — it’s this new hit reality show about lumberjacks. You could just watch a beet farmer.
Question: You guys could combine the two and have like On the Beet — it could be like a pun with a detective agency and a beet farmer.
Rainn: Oh, nice.
Greg: There aren’t enough pun titles for TV shows.
Question: If Dunder Mifflin went on strike, what would Dwight do? What would Dwight be doing all this time that Dunder Mifflin was on strike?
And when they came back, what would life be like for him again?