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The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner

The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner

With the success of his hit podcast, An Oral History of The Office, podcast host extraordinaire Brian Baumgartner (AKA Kevin Malone) is taking you even deeper inside the show, releasing his full-length, in-depth conversations with the cast and crew of The Office. Every week, Brian will sit down with one of his old pals and coworkers to talk about their best job ever: The Office. They?ll laugh, cry, and crack plenty of inappropriate jokes as they discuss the inner workings of the show, their favorite moments on set, never-before-told stories and secrets, and what makes the show even more popular today. Fans will get to be the third wheel with their favorite stars as they learn everything they never wanted to know, and then some. If you loved An Oral History of The Office, you?ll double love The Office Deep Dive, featuring full-strength interviews with Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Greg Daniels, and more!


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Andy Buckley

The man who brought Suck It into our lives joins Brian in the studio. Andy Buckley aka David Wallace, Dunder Mifflin?s very own CFO (and later CEO!), takes it back to the days he was only dreaming of becoming a brooding heartthrob, the time he tried to pull a Tony Soprano, and the special Office business cards he gives out to fans? and yes - he?s hiring! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Veda Semarne

Only one superwoman could keep the cast of The Office on track for 9 years, script supervisor extraordinaire Veda Semarne. She explains the complex charts and graphs it took to keep every detail of the show organized (especially the Yankee Swap episode), the difficulties of being a department of one, and even sings us a lullaby.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Debbie Pierce & Kim Ferry

Debbie Pierce and Kim Ferry, key hairstylist and department head respectively, join Brian to discuss all things hair on The Office...They talk about hair chair therapy, their close relationship with actors, all the crazy Halloween wigs, and - of course - Kevin?s toupee. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Laverne Caracuzzi

Sometimes she made them look fresh, sometimes she made them look like Michael Moore. Head makeup artist Laverne Caracuzzi joins Brian in the studio to talk about the ridiculously close bond hair and makeup shared with the cast, her trick for working with fluorescent lighting, and the jaw-dropping gesture that was made during the Writer?s Strike. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Ellie Kemper

Brian welcomes the loveable Ellie Kemper to the show - otherwise known as the equally wonderful Erin Hannon. Ellie recalls the time she peed her pants, why she let them dye her hair on day one, and the most perfect Office couple that never was - no matter how hard Brian pleaded. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Bonus: Rainn Wilson Fantasy Edition

Guess who?s back for another special edition of the podcast?! The one, the only, Rainn Wilson AKA Dwight K. Schrute AKA manager of ?Satan?s Ballerinas?. Brian and Rainn go DEEP (that?s what she said) and talk about everything from fantasy football to zonkeys to Rainn?s alien upbringing. Let your interest pique as these comedians dive deep into life?s biggest questions (which he answers on his podcast Metaphysical Milkshake) ? and The Office, of course. Oh, and if you want to skip the football talk, just jump ahead to 11:15. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Claire Scanlon

Continuing our celebration of women of The Office, Brian talks to editor-turned director extraordinaire Claire Scanlon. She explains what it was like working with a room full of comedy giants, reveals the scene that was cut from the Finale, and discusses her illustrious television alma mater - a Master?s from the University of Greg Daniels. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Teri Weinberg

The Office wouldn?t be what it is today without the amazing - and amazingly talented - women who contributed to its success. We?re kicking off a new mini deep dive into some of the incredible women of The Office - starting with the one who was there from the very beginning - executive producer Teri Weinberg. She gives Brian all the inside scoop from the network perspective, and talks about how she went from making skincare products in her kitchen to TV shows in some of the biggest studios out there. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Amy Ryan

Special guest having this week Brian does? that's right, Oscar-nominated Amy Ryan aka Holly Flax, the one who stole Michael Scott?s heart joins us on the podcast. They talk about going from serious drama to an off-the-wall comedy role, acting while drenched, how Holly broke the chain of Michael?s bad relationships, and the ?special? relationship between Holly and Kevin. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Paul Feig

He directed Dinner Party, Niagara, and Office Olympics, among many others. And since then, the man, the legend, and everyone?s favorite ?bundle of joy? has completely rocked the comedy genre. Director and producer Paul Feig joins Brian this week to jump head first into the big questions: why did the real documentary crew make us relate to the show? How did Paul end up directing Dinner Party? And the most important of all - was Michael *really* the bad guy? Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Bonus: Stephen Saux

In this special Thursday edition of the podcast, Brian kicks off his favorite time of the year (football season) with a new mini deep dive celebrating The Office?s Fantasy Football League, formed by the cast and crew of the show. As the league celebrates their 17th season, Brian will invite a new member each week to talk all things The Office? and maybe a little football. For this first podcast, Brian welcomes his friend and league commissioner, Stephen Saux, to discuss his role as stand-in extraordinaire and Office MVP. The duo dives into their favorite memories from set, Steve Carell?s influence on the show, the league?s formation, and - most importantly - which Office characters they would draft in fantasy football. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Steve Carell & Billie Eilish + Mailbag Episode!

As a surprise for the one and only Steve Carell, Brian invited pop icon and Office superfan Billie Eilish onto the podcast after her epic Grammy win in 2020 to talk about why The Office is her ?strange addiction? and what she?s learned from the show. Plus, Brian opens the floor to fans in this special Mailbag episode: he answers all your questions, from comparing the cast with their characters to Brian?s favorite Kevin scenes to the iconic Stress Relief cold open. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Brent Forrester

We continue our dive into the writer?s room with writer, director, and producer Brent Forrester. Brent joined The Office in Season 3 and worked on highlight episodes like The Merger, but of course Brent?s #1 accolade is directing the iconic chili scene with Brian Baumgartner himself. This episode, Brent and Kevin spill (the chili) about the scene (did you know Brian actually carried the 74 pound pot?) and talk about the art of attention to detail in writing. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Lee Eisenberg

Scott?s Tots, The Dinner Party - what do these episodes have in common? Besides being some of the most iconic episodes of The Office, they were both co-written by the legendary Lee Eisenberg. This episode, Brian brings Lee on the podcast to talk about the show?s on and off screen dynamics, including the Scott?s Tots cringe factor, the nostalgia of The Office, and building jokes through character relationships. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Jen Celotta - Pt. 1

Brian welcomes the beating heart behind the scenes of The Office - writer, director, producer Jen Celotta. On the show, Jen took us into the brains of our favorite characters and now we get to pick hers; this episode, Jen talks about the art of character crafting, what makes people tick and - of course - the madness that is Michael Scott. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Greg Daniels - Pt. 2

Brian brings back Greg Daniels - showrunner extraordinaire and the Office?s true regional manager - to kick off our mini deep dive into the writer?s room of The Office. As the showrunner, Greg knows the ins and outs of the writer?s room better than anyone; this episode, Greg shares it all - from writing on napkins to crafting the intricacies of Michael Scott to finding truth and beauty. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Mike Schur - Pt. 1

Brian welcomes Mike Schur, known for his iconic role as Mose Schrute on The Office. Oh, and also for his role as writer, director, executive producer/creator of America?s best comedies, from The Office to Parks and Recreation to The Good Place. This episode, Brian and Mike bring us into the writer?s room, discussing its ?Unlikely Duo? segment, how chance contributed to the show?s writing, and - of course - Michael Scott?s idea of a good party. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Matt Sohn

The Office revolutionized the ?mockumentary? ? and we owe it all to the people behind the camera. Director of Photography Matt Sohn joins Brian on the podcast to talk all things production ? from how the show highlighted background moments so effectively to Matt?s very own Season 9 cameo. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Rainn Wilson - Pt 2

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica. Though Dwight never actually said the iconic phrase, the one and only Rainn Wilson returns to the podcast to share the story behind the line, as well as his favorite parts of working on the show -- including his classic comedy duo with Steve Carell and finding a ?framily? in the cast. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Angela Kinsey - Pt. 2

In this bonus episode to celebrate her birthday, the wonderful Angela Kinsey returns, sitting down with Brian to reminisce over the accounting they did (or didn?t do) over the years. They dive further into the show to discuss the camera as a character, the Dwangela romance, on-set injuries, a possible The Office reunion, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Randall Einhorn

On The Office, the camera is a character -- and so is the person behind it. Brian welcomes Director of Photography, Randall Einhorn onto the podcast to talk about how he went from shooting extreme sports to The Office, using the camera to create the show?s ?ultra-real? world and bring iconic moments like Jim and Pam?s first kiss to life. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Melora Hardin

What do pantsuits, candlemaking, and Sandals, Jamaica have in common? The one and only, Jan Levinson (Gould), of course. Actress Melora Hardin joins Brian to talk about her time on the Office, from portraying Jan?s struggle with femininity to keeping a straight face while throwing Dundies during the Dinner Party episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Steve Carell

The verdict is in, and everybody agrees that Michael Scott really was the world?s best boss! The incredible Steve Carell joins Brian in the studio for an extended interview to talk all things The Office. They go back to the days when they were working the best job in the world, when Michael Scott had a hunger for acceptance but didn?t know how to get it, and the emotional torture of his endless goodbyes. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Jenna Fischer - Pt. 2

Brian returns to his conversation with the ?heart of The Office?, Jenna Fischer aka Pam Beasley. Jenna reveals her only regret from the show (ugh, thanks, Toby!), how Rainn is both deeply soulful and a curmudgeon, and how Steve has a really good idea for a reboot. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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John Krasinski - Pt. 1

Today we hear from Big Tuna himself, Jim Halpert AKA John Krasinski. He rewinds with Brian to the moment in casting that John knew Jenna was the one, the time he inadvertently filmed one of the most iconic shots in the opening credits (and how naive he was when he sold that shot), and the lesson he?s carried with him ever since the show ended. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Kate Flannery

Kate Flannery, who you may know as Meredith Palmer, stumbles into this week?s episode to talk all things The Office with Brian. They discuss the origins of her character, how she was a 40 year old waitress when Steve was a 40 year old virgin, and, of course, boobs. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Oscar Nunez

Brian is joined by another member of the accounting trio, the hilarious Oscar Martin AKA Oscar Nuñez. Oscar attempts to build his own soundscape as they talk about the comedy icons that influenced him as a kid, the time he had to duck into the warehouse to cry, and what life would be like if The Office were shot now... and the YouTube videos that could have been. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Paul Lieberstein

Today we hear from the man everybody at Dunder Mifflin loved to hate, Toby Flenderson aka Paul Lieberstein. Brian and Paul go over the moment that Michael Scott?s hatred for Toby welled up inside of him, the many ways Paul was the unheralded hero of the show, and their dreams to bring the Dwight spin-off ?The Farm? to the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Creed Bratton

An enigma wrapped in a riddle... Creed Bratton is full of surprises as always when he sits down with Brian. Creed tells tales from his rock-n-roll days and reveals the name that is actually on his passport, PLUS a special bonus interview about writing our Deep Dive theme song, Bubble and Squeak. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Phyllis Smith

Brian finally gets his Oprah moment when he surprises his former castmate Phyllis Smith with a very special guest, her old boss and friend Allison Jones. They reunite to talk about the child actor that blew their mind with only one line, how Phyllis really got into showbiz, and that time Greg Daniels jumped out of a window. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Allison Jones

What do The Office, Freaks and Geeks and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have in common? If you said one of the greatest comedy casting directors of our time, you would be correct! Brian welcomes legendary casting director Allison Jones into the studio to chat about how bad stand-up comedians are at auditions (God bless them), the time she talked back to a studio executive, and the shame she feels after passing up Kristen Wiig for a reading. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Ken Kwapis - Pt. 1

If The Office were a puppy, director Ken Kwapis would be ?the country vet that birthed it? (according to Greg Daniels, at least). Ken speaks on the decisions he made that let the audience feel like they were catching the action on screen by accident, how no one was allowed on set while filming the first few episodes - not even hair and make-up - and the moment he knew that Phyllis just belonged in a paper company. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Kevin Reilly

This week Brian sits down with the unsung hero behind the Office, the man who laid it all down for the show, former NBC executive Kevin Reilly. He and Brian discuss the casting process that felt too good to be true, how The Office was a generational turning of the page if you will, and the decidedly not-lame webisodes of The Accountants that ended up winning an Emmy. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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The Office Sweet 16 Party

The American Office turns 16 today! In this very special Sweet 16 episode, Brian responds to listener comments, questions, and reviews. He is joined by some VERY special guests and friends of the pod - Green Bay Packers QB and Office guest star, Aaron Rodgers, and Rainn Wilson himself as Terry Carnation from his new podcast, Dark Air with Terry Carnation. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Ben Silverman

Sure, they made it look easy, but executive producer Ben Silverman knows the true struggles behind bringing The Office to American television. Ben tells the tale of his decision to adapt the British sitcom and the meeting with Ricky Gervais that followed only 24 hours later, and the time he found out about the show?s second season pickup ? while watching Brad Pitt sleep on an airplane. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Ricky Gervais

To truly Deep Dive into The Office, Brian must go to the person who started it all - the creator and star of The Office U.K., the incomparable Ricky Gervais. In this episode, Ricky shares David Brent?s deepest desires, talks about the greatest love story ever told (hint: it?s The Office) and discovers a shocking truth about Steve Carell. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Stephen Merchant

Brian is joined by The Office U.K. co-creator Stephen Merchant, all the way from London. Stephen talks about meeting the quintessential Hollywood producer, Ben Silverman, and finding just the right American counterparts to make The Office work on the other side of the Atlantic. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Ed Helms - Pt. 1

High school sweethearts (well, classmates) Brian and Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) reunite to talk about... the weather. Ed also dives into his Daily Show years, the Stamford office, and what it took to play the yuppie bro with a heart of gold. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Angela Kinsey - Pt. 1

He drove her insane as Kevin in the accountant?s corner, but in real life Brian and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) are the very best of friends. After reminiscing about the time they both almost got fired for ruining a take, Angela talks about her first love (improv), Sprinkles the cat, and trading in her old Chevy Blazer for a Hummer limo to Scranton. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Jenna Fischer - Pt. 1

She may look a lot like Pam Beesley, but Jenna Fischer is actually pretty different from her character. Jenna discusses how she learned that drama "wasn't her thing," the time she laid everything down to protect the Office pilot DVD, and DMing fans on Myspace from set... back when Myspace was a thing. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Rainn Wilson - Pt. 1

Rainn Willson, AKA Dwight Schrute, joins Brian in the studio for some salty nuts and Office talk. Rainn explains how he engineered the worst possible haircut for Dwight, his early rise to the throne of Twitter King, the constant feeling that the show would end in the first seasons?and Brian reveals an unaired scene that will shake you to your core. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Greg Daniels - Pt. 1

We begin at the beginning, with The Office?s creator and showrunner Greg Daniels. He discusses ?moving the ship of comedy? in a new direction, creating the world of Dunder Mifflin, and building a collaborative on-set dynamic. Brian reminisces about the first time he tried to make small talk with Greg - let's just say, it didn?t go great. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Introducing: The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner

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