Greg: Are you enjoying Comic-Con? Are you doing some other things? You’ve got like five other sites, too? No, I’m just kidding.
tanster: Yes, I’ll do the not-a-spin-off-tally.com for the new show.
Lee: I think that’s a good URL.
tanster (as the writers try to figure out the acronym for that): It’s kind of a mouthful, right?
Greg (pondering out loud): Not, a, spin-off, N-A-S … NASTY? (Laughs)
tanster: There you go!
Lee: Yeah, there it is.
Justin: “Nasot” is a very lewd part of the female anatomy, so you may want to be careful …
tanster: Is it really? And why do you know this, Justin?
Justin: It’s my other specialty. (Everybody laughs.)
Greg: He is a doctor. He is.
tanster: You play one and you become one, okay. No, I came down here specifically for this panel.
Greg: Oh wow.
tanster: And I’m not going to any others.
Greg: You’re not going to see any of it? Did you walk around?
tanster: I did. And the people who are …
Matt: She’s intimidated by the costumes.
tanster: The costumes are of characters on shows that I know nothing about.
Lee: That’s part of the thing. That’s part of the theory.
Greg: Oh, oh, yes. There are huge celebrities inside those costumes. That’s how they mingle when they go to Comic-Con.
Greg: Michael Jackson, this year, dressed as a Sith Lord, no, as Darth Vader, I believe …
tanster: We should knock on the masks and ask!
Matt (pondering my ridiculous idea): … knock on the masks …
Greg: Britney Spears is here as that robot from Futurama.
Lee: Is that true or are you making that up?
Greg: No, I’m making the whole thing up. (Everybody laughs) I don’t think there’s any truth to it, but I am trying to spread it.
tanster: That’ll be an exclusive on OfficeTally. Your theory on Comic-Con costumes.
Greg: That’s my theory.
Lee: You should start spreading that, so next year, people will be constantly bumping into each other …
Greg: … yanking their masks off. (Everybody laughs)
tanster: So are you guys going back? Right after this?
Greg: We’re all going at different times.
tanster: The hotel situation is just impossible.
Greg: That’s right. We couldn’t get any rooms. I was thinking about bringing my family and staying the weekend, but there were really no rooms in the entire city.
tanster: No, there’s nothing. And the rooms are exorbitantly priced.
Justin: It’s crazy expensive. I think Lee’s staying on a friend’s couch or something, the rest of us are going home.
Lee: What, tonight?
Lee: I can afford a hotel room.
Justin: But you can’t. (Everybody laughs.)
Lee: No, I can.
Justin: But you choose not to.
Lee: I choose not to. I’m sleeping on the floor of the convention.
Greg (pointing to drapes in the press room): These curtains, you’re just going to wrap yourself up in these curtains.
Lee: Yeah. I’ll probably sleep standing up.
tanster: Awww. Well I’m sure I could post something on OfficeTally and, you know, a local Tallyhead could put you up for the night.
Lee: Ah see, now that would be something. That would be great.
Greg: That’s interesting. You could make a Craigslist out of it.
Lee: If you posted a thing now, how fast, I have a hotel room for real, I’m just curious …
tanster: If I posted it now? How fast would it take for someone to respond? Immediately.
Lee: Somebody in San Diego would say, oh Lee Eisenberg can stay with me? (Does Lee even have to ask?)
Justin: Let’s say one of The Office writers needs a kidney. (Everybody laughs.)
Matt: Three minutes.
Lee (to Justin): The problem with that is that the Tallyheads would want you to do the operation.
Greg: The FBI is riddled with Tallyheads. The founding fathers were Tallyheads.
At this point, Matt takes a photo.
Greg (to Matt): You didn’t happen to be in Banff, Canada, did you?
Matt: I did not happen to be in Banff.
tanster: Does he look familiar?
Greg: Yeah, you look familiar! Last summer, I went to the Banff Television Festival and did some interviews with some guys …
Matt: Next time you go to Banff, I’ll go. Just so this makes more sense later.
And with that, my audio recording ends. It was less a formal interview and more of a casual chat. With some spoilers thrown in, of course. Hope you enjoyed it, Tallyheads!
Thanks to Jen, Mike, Greg, Justin, Lee, Rainn, J, J, and J for letting me hang out in the press room with y’all.
A special thanks to Matt for being OfficeTally’s photographer, videographer, and post-production engineer during this trip. Hope you had fun! :)