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!

Episodes

July 20, 2021 51 min
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 head writer, 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 https://www...
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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...
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July 6, 2021 53 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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June 29, 2021 43 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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June 25, 2021 38 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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June 22, 2021 52 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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June 15, 2021 47 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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June 8, 2021 73 min
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-c...
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June 1, 2021 49 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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May 25, 2021 49 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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May 18, 2021 47 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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May 11, 2021 44 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork...
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May 4, 2021 55 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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April 27, 2021 57 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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April 20, 2021 50 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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April 13, 2021 40 min
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 re...
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April 6, 2021 44 min
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...
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March 30, 2021 39 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnet...
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March 24, 2021 61 min
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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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March 23, 2021 64 min
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 https://w...
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