I think by this point in time EVERYONE should have seen The Office. There really is no excuse having spent so much time at home recently what with all the COVID-19 stay at home orders, and not to mention that it is basically on constant rerun… so, if you are one of the few that have yet to experience The Office (and I mean the US version) then get on it and come back here to check out all of the amazing things that the cast has been working on since (and before) then!
So in talking about The Office, I must, of course, mention it’s start in the UK with their show – The Office. From the wacky and extremely funny mind of Ricky Gervais the original UK show was two hilarious seasons and you should check that out too if you haven’t seen it yet. Gervais not only co-created and wrote the original series, he also starred in it as David Brent (the UK version of Michael Scott) and he even released a CD as Brent! You can listen to it on Hoopla!
Gervais is a multi-talented actor/director and all around funny guy, you can check him out in a few of my favorite shows like Extras (also featuring co-contributor Steven Merchant), Derek, and (the best) An Idiot Abroad. This show is hilarious – it follows a friend of Gervais’, Karl Pilkington as he is sent traveling around the world to places he has no interest in going and is made to do things he has no interest in doing. It is hilarious, silly, and also heartfelt as you watch Pilkington learn about other cultures and try new things – it is especially satisfying when he ends up enjoying something that he promised he could never possibly like at all. You can read all about Karl’s travels in his book The Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad (available on Hoopla). The trio of Gervais, Merchant, and Pilkington also had a podcast, The Rickey Gervais Show, from when Gervais and Merchant worked at a radio station and first met Pilkington. They chat and basically just listen to Pilkington tell ridiculous stories about his life. Gervais has also starred in Stardust, based off of the book by Neil Gaiman (available from PTL, on Hoopla, and OverDrive/Libby) the Little Prince , based off the book by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (available from PTL and on Hoopla – with a bunch of extra content like comic books). You can also find Gervais in The Night at the Museum movies (soundtracks available on Hoopla) and Muppets Most Wanted!
Okay, back to the US version of The Office!
I think we kind of have to start with the one and only world’s best boss – Michael Scott, played by Steve Carrell. Carell was the man you loved to hate on The Office, and he has played that roll a few times as Gru in the Despicable Me movies (available from PTL), Trent, the dad from The Way Way Back (a perfect late summer movie), Little Miss Sunshine (available from PTL) and many, many more. Carell was amazing in Welcome to Marwen (available from PTL) where he played a man who was attacked and lost his memory – this is a very adult movie with heavy themes, but I highly recommend it. Most recently I watched him in Space Force with some of my other favorite people: Ben Schwartz (who I mentioned before) Jimmy O. Yang (who I love in Silicon Valley) Diana Silvers (who I just saw in Booksmart – great movie and I’m sure we’ll start seeing more of her) and of course, Lisa Kudrow (of Friends fame… maybe my next blog post…???)
Jenna Fischer (who plays Pam Beesly and whom I have a cat named after) has recently written a memoir, The Actor’s Life which you can read on Hoopla! She has been in a few movies as well, A Little Help, and The Giant Mechanical Man (which I mentioned in my last round up) as well as the audiobooks of Reasons to be Pretty and Reasons to be Happy all available on Hoopla. Fisher has also teamed up with Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) and have been doing an amazing Podcast called Office Ladies. They have 41 podcast episodes and counting and literally go through each and every episode of The Office one by one. With special guests and cast members, if you dig podcasts, this is one not to miss!
Kinsey has also starred in All-Stars and Swing State, both available on Hoopla and Netflix’s recent movie, Tall Girl which was super cute.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) has also written an autobiography The Bassoon King, available on OverDrive/Libby and starred in Galaxy Quest, Sahara, Juno, and The Stream and Hesher (both on Hoopla). He also starred in a short-lived TV series called Backstrom based off of the book series by Leif G.W. Persson and the much beloved (at least in my family) Six Feet Under (also featuring Peter Krause from Parenthood which I have mentioned before, and Michael C. Hall of Dexter fame).
Wilson’s nemesis on The Office, Jim Halpert, is played by John Krasinski. You can find him all over the place: playing Jack Ryan in the TV series based off the books by Tom Clancy (available from PTL), in the 2011 Muppets movie, in Nobody Walks (available on Hoopla) and in A Quite Place (available from PTL) with his lovely wife Emily Blunt, most recently of Mary Poppins Returns fame (also available from PTL)! Since COVID-19 first started and folks started staying at home, Krasinski started filming his own show at home called, Some Good News. It has totally blown up, with fans submitting their own videos, fellow celebs guest starring and so much more. If you just need some good news right now, be sure to check that out.
Mindy Kaling, while not one of the very main characters, was an excellent choice for Kelly on The Office. She also starred in A Wrinkle in Time (available from PTL), based off the book my Madeline L’engle (available from PTL and on OverDrive/Libby) , voiced Disgust in Pixar’s Inside Out (available from PTL and also featuring Amy Poheler who I mentioned here and Phyllis Smith who plays Phyllis on The Office and also starred in a hilarious movie called Butter about a butter sculpting contest and is available from PTL) and most recently was in Late Night, which was a great movie about being a female writer on a late night TV talk show. Kaling has written Why Not Me? (available from PTL) and Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (both available on OverDrive/Libby). Kelly’s on-again/off-again Office boyfriend Ryan is played by B.J. Novak who has written a collection of short stories called One More Thing (available from PTL and on OverDrive/Libby) and a kids book – The Book with No Pictures, which you can check out from PTL (and on OverDrive/Libby) and read to a group of kids for a big laugh!
I hope this list helps you get through all that is going on right now – and as always, let us know if there is any other way we can help!
That’s all for now… and remember: Read Books, Wear Masks, and Cast Votes!