My cameo in ‘Company Picnic’

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Here is my cameo appearance on The Office Season 5 finale, ‘Company Picnic.’ Woo!

It’s during Michael and Holly’s ‘Slumdunder Mifflinaire’ skit, when they introduce themselves as Robert Dunder and Robert Mifflin.

By the way, I giggled like crazy last night, as I was watching “I just saw you!” comments come in from East Coast Tallyheads.

When I finally got to watch the episode three hours later, and my closeup appeared, my boyfriend turned to me and said, “You weren’t even acting; that’s how you look at me every day!” Haha!

Thanks for all the support and well wishes, everybody!

It was totally my dream come true. :)
xo Jennie

P.S. You can spot me here as well.


  1. That is so cool that you could be on The Office episode! Did you know that you would be on, or the camera just came on you?

    [from tanster: since they had me sitting in the front row, i knew chances would be good that they would film me. but i had no idea how much or when!]

  2. Tanster – I think I did see you in Act 1. When Kevin misses the volley (after Andy’s outburst at Erin) and Dwight and Andy start to yell at Kevin, there is a picnic table in the background. I think I saw you take off your jacket and sit down at the table. It happens about 6:55 into the episode according to Hulu, and only lasts a few seconds. Even though I guessed Acts 2 & 3, I think this counts, if it is in fact you… Congrats again!!!

    [from tanster: thanks stefanie! looking at the scene up-close, i’m thinking that’s not me. that person seems to be wearing a black long-sleeved t-shirt underneath her Buffalo shirt, which i wasn’t wearing.]

  3. Gotcha… Still, so excited for you! Thanks again for this awesome site – don’t know what I’d do without it!!!

  4. I was watching the finale with my non-Tallyhead friend, and she laughed at your reaction shot!
    So, even without the tallyhead biases, you were an awesome extra. Congrats!!

    [from tanster: lol. thanks, nv!]

  5. Congrats on being an extra on “The Office”, tanster!!!

    I’m glad I discovered this site! This has to be the BEST fansite I visited!

  6. Okay, so I’ve been wondering, is the baby Dan holding a real baby? Lol, weird question I know – if it is a real baby, then what a trooper! :-)

    [from tanster: no, the babies that dan and his wife (and real-life wife) erin were carrying were baby DOLLS! it was really hilarious, because during a break in filming, dan used his baby as a pillow to take a nap on, lol]

  7. Congrats on being on The Office! I freaked out when they did that close up of you. I even paused it for my sister and was like, “that’s tanster”.

  8. Congrats again, Tanster :) You deserve it! Thanks for keeping a great website that’s among my top 3 sites everyday!

  9. Haha! I’m laughing out loud at Sandy’s reaction to your shining moment. Is it weird that this is my favorite part of the episode? I mean, I’m really happy for Jim and Pam and everything, but … but … it’s tanster!! :)

    I am so happy that your dream has come true. You are truly a part of Office history, and no one deserves it more.

    [from tanster: kenna, sandy is very blase about my star turn. ;) ]

  10. #11- I did the same thing- I paused my DVR and explained who Tanster was to my husband.

    Tanster, I do not know you, and yet I “squeed” hard for you. Congrats! And how wonderfully awesome is The Office execs/writers/directors who would do that for you- and us!

  11. So cool seeing you on the show Tanster!! I totally squeed and confused all the people I was watching with. ;)

    p.s. We also see the back of your head when they start the “SlumDunder Mifflinaire” sketch.

  12. I agree that you were in Act 1. I saw you sit down at the picnic table in the background!

  13. Congrats on the cameo! And might I add, that was some terrific silent acting. Way to go Tanster!

  14. Like Stefanie (posts #3 & 4), I also thought that might be you in Act 1. Oh well, there was still plenty of Tanster on screen for us OfficeTally fans to get excited about.

    Question…in the scene when “your” branch members are reacting to David Wallace’s news, you appeared to be talking. I know sometimes “extras” have to pretend to talk, but it looked like you really were speaking. If so, do you remember what you were saying? Just curious.

    [from tanster: actually, we were told to get really upset and talk to our fellow branchies. i was probably muttering something like “Oh my god, i can’t believe this is happening. did you hear what he just said?! you have got to be kidding me.” yadda yadda. :) ]

  15. Ooh! I saw you and I was like;

    “Well hang ON now!”

    I was rather excited.

    [from tanster: you actually said “Well hang ON now!”? — that is awesome. :) ]

  16. I was watching the episode and telling my friend how awesome a site Office Tally is and then boom! There you are! Super fantastic tanster!

  17. When I saw your close-up, I thought “Tanster’s been taking lessons from Jenna on how best to react to Michael’s tomfoolery”…well, it was more like “Dude! It’s Tanster!” and then the above…can you make a cameo at my company picnic?! haha

  18. If tanster was wearing a hat and sunglasses then yes that must be her sitting down at the picnic table when Andy and Dwight yell at Kevin in Act 1. :)

  19. Congrats, Tanster! My partner and I both high-fived each other when we saw you!!! That look was hilarious.

  20. Ahhh that is so cool tanster!! did you get to keep the t-shirt?

    [from tanster: no. i wanted a scranton one instead. :) ]

  21. When I saw it, I jumped and was all “omg, that was tanster!” and I think my husband gave me the exact same look you had. :)

  22. i saw you and immediately yelled tanster! needless to stay my friends looked at me like WHO?

    that’s so awesome, i’m glad you got to live the dream!

  23. Congrats Tanster!
    Thanks for uploading pictures of your cameo, I am so jealous of you!! :) Loved the complete WTF look when Holly and Michael introduce themselves as Robert Dunder and Robert Mifflin. LOL
    Your boyfriend is lucky that he can say “I see that look every day!” :P
    Thanks for keeping us updated, and I hope there are more cameos to come for you!

  24. Awesome Tanster! I just watched the deleted scenes from season 5, and you totally deserved the shout-out from David Wallace! Congrats:)

    [from tanster: thank you! that was super sweet of andy buckley to say that.]

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