The Office: Nate the handyman

The Office Nate Mark Proksch

Character Name

Nate, Dwight’s handyman

Played by

Mark Proksch (aka Kenny Strasser, the yo-yo man)


In Nate’s first appearance on the show, he is hired by Dwight Schrute as a “maintenance worker” from a day laborer stop. His first task is to dispose of a hornet’s nest in the Dunder Mifflin parking lot. The employees watch from a second floor window as Nate first decides to use a blowtorch and then a baseball bat on the nest, with painful results. In the episode WUPHF.COM, Nate assisted Dwight in running Hay Place. In the episode China, Nate splits the Scranton Office Park’s toilet paper into half-ply.

Episode appearances

  • 7.04 Sex Ed
  • 7.09 WUPHF.COM
  • 7.10 China
  • 7.11-7.12 Classy Christmas: Nate takes the group photo in the cold open.
  • 8.03 Lotto: Andy hires Nate to work in the warehouse.
  • 8.13 Jury Duty: Nate introduces Ernesto (the empanada man) to the Dunder Mifflin office.
  • 8.14 Special Project: Darryl gives cashmere gloves to Nate for Valentine’s Day.
  • 8.24 Free Family Portrait Studio: When David Wallace buys back Dunder Mifflin from Sabre, Nate takes down the Sabre sign from Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s front entrance.


  • In October 2010, The Office’s Rainn Wilson posted a welcome tweet and photo.
  • The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel states (and OfficeTally confirms with NBC) that “Proksch would be in an undetermined number of upcoming episodes.”


  1. Thank you! I could not figure out where I’d seen him and it was killing me. Not listed on IMDB. The yo-yo man is classic.

  2. Tanster, could you see if Mark would be willing to do a Q&A with OfficeTally? I would love to hear how he came up with the idea for K-Strass and how they pulled it off!

  3. Who were the Latino father and son? The son translated for the dad in the beginning of the episode.

  4. Doesn’t Nate also play “black Peter” in Dwight Christmas? He is walking toward the office when he gets a text from Dwight.

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