Sitting in on Rainn’s Spirit Awards meeting

After my picketing shift ended yesterday, Rainn Wilson was kind enough to let me sit in on a writers meeting for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards show, which he is hosting in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 23. (The show was granted a Writers Guild of America waiver, allowing the show to hire WGA writers.)

I had never attended a writers meeting, so I was pretty excited!

In attendance were Rainn, three writers, and three production folks for the show. A giant bulletin board held index cards showing the schedule of events for the evening. The purpose of the meeting seemed to be to nail down specific sketches and performers for the show.

There was a lot of laughter in the room as ideas were pitched. At one point, one of the writers actually sang his idea. I thought a vein in his forehead was going to burst as he hit the high notes, but other than that, it was completely hysterical. When his performance ended, he very calmly stated, “I told you it was good.” I hope it makes it into the show!

I don’t want to give much more away, but I will say that another Office cast member may be performing …

Anyway, I had to leave in the middle of the meeting to catch my plane back home, but as I was saying goodbye to Rainn, I told him, “Wow, I wasn’t planning on watching this show, but after sitting in on this meeting, I think I will.” He replied, “You mean you weren’t interested in it before?” I said no, not really, and he laughed.

Thanks, Rainn, for letting me be a fly on the wall!

The show airs live and unedited on Saturday, February 23, at 5pm EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel), with an edited re-broadcast airing that evening on AMC at 10pm.


  1. /a drooling…wow Tanster, you’re my hero. lol. that’s awesome tho! thanks for sharing!

  2. I didn’t know he was hosting! The Spirit Awards are usually pretty awesome. I also so envy you. You’re part of The Office now, officially I think. Well done.

  3. That is the coolest thing ever! I am so jealous. I’ve always wanted a sneak peek into those meetings; I’m really happy that you were able to get one! Sounds like you’ve experienced more Office these past few days than the fans have all strike :P

    Thanks for letting us soak up all the details.

  4. tanster, as if we all weren’t so jealous of you already! ;) Sounds like it was an amazing experience! As if we all didn’t love this cast so much already, this is just another example of how great they are to fans. Rainn’s the best – good luck to him on the awards show. I’ll definitely be watching, too.

  5. I’m an awards show junkie, so I’d already planned to watch. But now, I’m even more excited! Tanster, that’s fabulous that you got to sit in–Rainn is such a generous guy to offer that experience. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. It’s so great that you were able to attend! You deserve every privilege for all your hard work

  7. Tanster, you seriously must have been a saint in your previous life since you’re getting to do all this cool stuff in this life. You deserve it for all the hard work you do and for promoting Office love.

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