How did Buffett’s star turn come about? Last November, Thanksgiving dinner at daughter Susie Buffett’s house in Omaha included Warren and Michael Kives, her friend who is a talent agent at Creative Artists Agency. “We were talking about the annual meeting,” recalls Susie. Kives suggested asking the producers of The Office to bring Warren and the cast together to do a spoof.
Warren Buffett was not a fan of the show. “He doesn’t watch anything but news,” his daughter says. But he’s typically up for anything. One year at the Berkshire annual meeting, shareholders watched Buffett in a funny video with coy and comely actress Jamie Lee Curtis; another year, they were treated to a Berkshire twist on ABC’s (DIS) Desperate Housewives.
This year, Buffett flew to Los Angeles by himself, met his daughter and Munger, who lives there, and went to The Office set to do his star turn. When they arrived, Munger was in the green room, all set, and Warren was a bit stressed. “My dad was confessing that he didn’t practice his lines. He was hoping they would have cue cards, which they didn’t.”
Executive producer Greg Daniels was pleasantly surprised. “They were both great,” he says about Buffett and Munger. “Their comic timing is terrific.”
Truth is, Buffett wasn’t supposed to be on tonight’s Office finale on NBC (CMCSA). As Daniels headed to the set on the day they shot the spoof, he recalls, “I thought, wait a second. We should use Warren Buffett on the show — while he’s here with us.”
So what you’ll see tonight is improv, of sorts. Buffett’s part on the Office was written for him on the spot. He nailed it.