Q. How many times did Steve, Rainn, Ed and Jenna crack up during gunpoint scene? | Tiffany
Danny: They held it together really well. Greg and I were the ones cracking up. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of me peeing myself.
The camera was used really well to hide and then reveal that Pam was a part of the Mexican standoff in the tag scene. Whose idea was it to use the camera to hide Pam from the audience in the first half of that scene? | kreidy
Danny: Greg and our DP, Matt Sohn, worked it out. Greg came to the shoot with the idea of whipping the camera in a 360 to show all 4 actors. I had the idea to watch all this while eating applesauce.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for Tube City? Was it fun testing it? What was the Hamsters name? | Tina
Danny: I’m not sure how I came up with it, but the stated purpose of that talking head was to have some funny reason why Jim has to back down from stopping the Murder game. It was just a totally wide-open spot for a joke.
That’s my favorite, and it’s definitely something I was experienced with from The Simpsons. Tube City feels kind of like a Simpsons-y joke to me.
I wasn’t actually around when they shot that footage, so I didn’t get to play with it.
The hamster’s name was Tina.
Q. Were there any more scenes taken with Tube City? | Mike
Danny: Sadly, the tubes were dismantled after that shot and the hamster was fed to a local coyote.
Q. Is the budding yet awkward relationship between Andy and Erin inspired by the early days of Jim and Pam? | Courtney L
Danny: We definitely wanted to remind people of early Jim and Pam. But it’s not really inspired by that — it’s its own thing.
Andy and Erin are much more awkward characters, so we are doing a kind of bizarro version of Jim and Pam where both parties are constantly embarrassing themselves. But we definitely want people to feel for Erin and Andy, as they did for Jim and Pam.
Man, it’s annoying to keep writing “Jim and Pam.” There should be some sort of shorthand. Maybe “JH and P”?
Q. Before becoming one of the writers on the show, how familiar with The Office were you? Were you already involved with it in some way? You seem to know the characters inside and out! | Nick C.
Danny: Thanks Nick! I was a big fan of the show, and I’d seen every episode. I also knew some of the writers, but aside from pushing for certain northeast PA references (I’m from Stroudsburg, 40 minutes from Scranton), I wasn’t involved with the show.