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Off The Beat with Brian Baumgartner

English, TV & Video, 1 season, 196 episodes, 6 hours, 28 minutes
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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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Joyelle Nicole Johnson

Joy is all around as Brian hangs out with comedian Joyelle Nicole Johnson, who confesses to talking to herself on the streets of New York, advocates for the value of truth in comedy, and looks forward to getting on her Meryl Streep shit as an actor.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/11/202453 minutes, 15 seconds
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Kelly AuCoin

Today Brian is swapping hair care tips for the follicly challenged with actor Kelly AuCoin. The conversation highlights include Kelly's unique upbringing as a Congressman's son, the worst wig of his career, and his process for embodying Dollar Bill Stern on Billions (hint: it's more than just a closely shaved scalp). Listeners can see Kelly in his role as president of the LA Clippers on Hulu's Clipped, premiering this week.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/4/20241 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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Josh Pais

Wearing child-sized headphones, Brian hears from actor’s actor Josh Pais. Apart from his fruitful career in film and television, they go deep about physical acting technique, the theoretical physics of using a toaster oven, and uncovering his story to shed the image of “that guy”. Brian helps him uncover his own story, from being one of the original Ninja Turtles, developing his own method of actor training, and now writing his own book. Josh can be seen starring in A Man in Full, now streaming on Netflix.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/28/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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Introducing: Bridgerton The Official Podcast Season 3

Hi, SMNTY listeners! We are super excited about the return of Bridgerton: The Official Podcast and want you to share in the excitement with us. Alongside a new season of the TV show the companion podcast, which takes you behind the scenes through interviews with actors, writers, directors, and more. We think you'll want to tune in, but don't just take our word for it. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself! Ready for more? Tune in weekly to Bridgerton: The Official Podcast. Available on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/20242 minutes, 40 seconds
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Susan Kelechi Watson

Brian’s new friend and former co-star (though they didn’t even know it while voicing Rumble) Susan Kelechi Watson is in the house today, discussing the special coolness that comes from Brooklyn, saying goodbye to This is Us, and finally admitting that she’s bicoastal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/21/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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Folake Olowofoyeku

Today Brian sits down with the multi-talented actor and musician Folake Olowofoyeku. She talks about her diverse upbringing in Lagos watching Spanish telenovelas and listening to Irish music, moving to the US as a young student, and bringing it all back around to play a Nigerian woman on Bob Hearts Abishola. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/14/202445 minutes, 37 seconds
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Introducing: Rapaport's Reality with Kebe & Michael Rapaport

Mr. & Mrs. Rapaport are bonded by their love of Reality Television & are inviting you into their living room. Rapaport's Reality is hosted by Kebe Rapaport & Michael Rapaport. They’re talking tea, dissecting the drama, and giving praise to the greatest form of entertainment on television today. They're diving into real time shows & re-watching all the biggest and the best. Subscribe to tap in with our Superfans & go behind the ropes with the new "it couple" of the Reality World with new episodes every week! Listen here and subscribe to Rapaport's Reality with Kebe & Michael Rapaport on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/11/20241 minute, 53 seconds
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Alex Neustaedter

Brian's conversation this week is with rising star Alex Neustaedter. The young actor shares details about his experience as a child model, how he avoided the Mickey Mouse Club, getting to know Meg Ryan over a slice of apple pie, and that time he snuck into the Pittsburgh Zoo. Alex can currently be seen in the second season of American Rust, now streaming on Prime Video.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/7/202452 minutes, 33 seconds
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Blake Griffin

Brian's guest today is former professional basketball player and Lob City legend, Blake Griffin. The six-time NBA All-Star discusses his youth as a three-sport phenom, how he learned he would be selected as the #1 draft pick by the Clippers, and the excitement and heartbreak of play-off basketball. Plus, Blake details his retirement plans for keeping busy in the world of film and TV production.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/30/202457 minutes, 56 seconds
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Will Sasso

Actor, podcast host and wrestling dork Will Sasso is on the podcast today. He and Brian discuss Will's start on Canadian teen dramas, his breakout performance on legendary sketch show Mad TV, and recurring roles on some of our favorite TV shows over the past 3 decades. Plus Will dives into the kayfabe and controversy behind his "AI-influenced" podcast, Dudesy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/23/20241 hour, 35 seconds
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Torrey DeVitto

Brian sits down with actor, model, and violin prodigy Torrey DeVitto to learn about what makes a great classical musician, hitting the teen mecca of television jobs, and why she can’t bring herself to eat eggs from her own duck.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/16/202458 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sarah Drew

On today’s episode, Brian speaks with the fabulous Sarah Drew. Sarah talks about her youth being as inspired by musical theater as her father's church sermons, her professional stage experience and pivot to screen acting, and how a small collaboration with Shonda Rhimes blossomed into a career defining role on Grey's Anatomy. Sarah can be seen starring in Branching Out, premiering this month on the Hallmark Channel.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/9/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jason Tartick

Brian sits down with Bachelor-turned-business guru Jason Tartick. Jason talks about the business side of reality television, how to balance love and checkbooks in his new book “Talk Money to Me”, and challenges Brian to consider his own relationship to financial transparency.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/2/202456 minutes, 12 seconds
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Alisyn Camerota

Brian is swapping secrets with broadcast journalist Alisyn Camerota this week. She pulls back the "anchor mask" and delves into her rebellious youth, the conflicts with Roger Ailes during her tenure at Fox News, her transition to the culture of CNN, and what to do when the constant firehose of a 24-hour news cycle gets overwhelming. These stories and many others can be found in Alisyn's new book, Combat Love: A Story of Leaving, Longing, and Searching for Home, out this week.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/26/20241 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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David Dastmalchian

David Dastmalchian is on the pod this week proving once again that there are no small parts, just small actors. He and Brian discuss the rigor of traditional theater training, the joys of digging into character creation, David's struggles with mental health and overcoming addiction, and the edgy breakout roles that turned him into a recognizable creep. Catch David in the new movie Late Night with the Devil, in theaters this week.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/19/202441 minutes, 24 seconds
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Justin Thomas

This week Brian is searching for his "missing" invitation to Augusta National with PGA Tour golfer, Justin Thomas. From youth phenom to the #1 professional in the world, Justin has dominated the game of golf over much of the last decade and is just hitting his stride. In this episode, he details memories of witnessing an inspiring Tiger Woods shootout, his early rivalry with Jordan Spieth, his legendary 59 shot round in Hawaii, and the mental strength it takes to face down the back nine with a one stroke lead.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/12/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ronald Gladden

Brian’s guest today is none other than Juror #6, Ronald Gladden of the hit show Jury Duty. Ronald talks about his start in construction engineering, being the last person on Craigslist, and building his new life among the stars.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/27/202431 minutes, 5 seconds
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Soleil Moon Frye

Brian talks with actress, documentarian, and multi-generational icon, Soleil Moon Frye. Best known for her breakout role as the young Punky Brewster, Soleil reflects on Punky's continuing influence, how supportive family and close friends allowed her to have a childhood through the pressures of network success, and how an appreciation of the world brought her behind the camera and lead to the creation of her 2021 documentary film, Kid 90. The pair also cover Soleil's current work with the Ask2BSure campaign to raise awareness about the Meningitis B vaccine. More information can be found at www.Ask2BSure.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/20/202449 minutes, 20 seconds
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John Smoltz

Brian's attention turns from football to baseball this week as he gets into the spring training mindset with Fox Sports analyst and Hall of Fame pitcher, John Smoltz. A veteran of over 20 years in professional baseball, "Smoltzy" takes us behind the scenes of his storied career from star high school athlete and Detroit Tigers prospect, to playoff near-misses and eventual World Series redemption as part of the dominant Atlanta Braves starting rotation alongside Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and how overcoming injuries forced him to relearn the game from the bullpen where he excelled as the Braves' closer. Plus, John details why you should never talk trash to Tiger Woods and shares his early thoughts on the upcoming 2024 baseball season.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/13/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 35 seconds
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Introducing: The History of Curb Your Enthusiam

Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman are joined by cast, crew, and superfans of Curb Your Enthusiasm to break down every episode of the HBO show…ever. You can also watch the podcast on YouTube.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/7/20241 minute, 46 seconds
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Super Bowl Edition: Cynthia Frelund

It’s Brian’s favorite time of the year…Super Bowl week! To celebrate, he brings on NFL Network’s analytics expert Cynthia Frelund to talk about the Big Game. They discuss everything from the tough Detroit Lions loss, to Cynthia’s multiple degrees, to their picks for the Super Bowl. Plus, Brian takes a moment to share about his most recent trips to golf tournaments and charity events.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/6/202459 minutes, 47 seconds
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Jay Glazer

We are counting down to the big game this week as Brian is joined by author, podcaster, and "Best in the Business" NFL insider, Jay Glazer. The Fox Sports contributor breaks down his keys for getting the big scoop, the lessons of his short-lived MMA career, how teams can be powerful assets off the field, and his current charity work with organizations like Merging Vets & Players.  Jay is also the host of the Unbreakable Podcast, which features his candid conversations with athletes, celebrities, coaches and mental health experts about the challenges of living with ADHD, depression and anxiety and tips and tools to navigate those issues.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/30/202457 minutes, 1 second
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Angela Kinsey

Brian is back in the accountant's corner this week with returning favorite, Angela Kinsey! The long-time friends share stories about the time they unknowingly met at a Señor Frog's, tips for getting an internship in New York City, their big TV show pitch to Telemundo, and the conclusion (and exciting future) of Angela's Office Ladies podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/23/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rich Eisen

Brian is feeling the postseason excitement this week with former SportsCenter host and current NFL Network star Rich Eisen. After celebrating the recent Michigan national championship win, Rich shares highlights from his career as a sports journalist and stories of some of the big personalities that influenced his approach, finally he shares his thoughts on the NFL playoff matchups going into Wild Card Weekend.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/16/202458 minutes, 6 seconds
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Angelique Cabral

Brian's New Years' wishes are answered this week as Angelique Cabral is on the podcast. She details her humble beginnings in the commercial acting world, her time honing her skills with regular appearances on everything from soap operas to sitcoms, and how her deep love of Broadway informed her role as Queen Amaya in Disney's Wish.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/9/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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Chris Long

Brian goes "long" this week with former NFL defensive end Chris Long! In a spirited and open discussion the two-time Super Bowl champ details his early life as the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, dealing with the pressures and high expectations from the football world as well as from around his dinner table, and later successes on his own terms with the Eagles. Listeners can catch Chris in his second career as host of the Green Light Podcast and regular panelist on the weekly highlight show, Inside the NFL now on CW. Listen to new episodes of Chris' podcast, Green Light.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/2/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 19 seconds
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That’s A Wrap! - Scranton Rerun

First aired in 2021. To wrap up the year and the holiday season, we are revisiting Brian’s trip to Scranton, Pennsylvania! He talks with some of the people who have been on this journey with him since day one, and whose lives have been changed just as much by The Office as his own. So join us on a trip to the home of Dunder Mifflin, where everybody’s arms are always open to The Office family.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/28/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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Best of 2023 - Pt. 2

Brian looks at just a few more of his favorite moments from the year on the podcast, including Landon Donovan’s determination to uplift soccer in the US, Jason Alexander’s hair journey, and how Eric McCormack magically learned to play piano just like Elton John. Hear from: Alex Caruso, Landon Donovan, Jason Alexander & Peter Tilden, Eric McCormack, and Rosie O’Donnell.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/26/202337 minutes, 46 seconds
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Best of 2023 - Pt. 1

Brian’s getting sentimental, looking back on his amazing guests and favorite moments of 2023.  He revisits the origins of the Law & Order franchise, and an extremely authentic, not-made-up recipe for hot dog pizza. Hear from: Angela Gibbs, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Kevin Reilly, Maz Jobrani, and Rainn Wilson.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/21/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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Kel Mitchell

Welcome to Off the Beat, home of the Off the Beat interview. Can I take your order? Brian serves up a fresh podcast hot off the griddle for you today as he talks with actor and comedian, Kel Mitchell! The pair discuss Kel's early start in acting, the pressures of success at a young age, his creative partnership with comedian Kenan Thompson, and revisiting his character of Ed in this year's Good Burger 2.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/19/202349 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar

This week Brian has a neighborly conversation with actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar. The pair cover MPG's lengthy career from Indonesia to Bayside High and beyond, including stories about his friendly childhood rivalry with Paul Walker, the origins of the character Zack Morris and reinventing himself as an actor with grittier and riskier roles on "NYPD Blue" and his current character of Sir on NBC's "Found".See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 49 seconds
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Josh Brooks

Just before the past weekend’s SEC Championship game, University of Georgia Athletic Director Josh Brooks sat down with Brian in anticipation of the big game. They reminisce about their viral beginnings, playing sports in suits, and their beloved Dawgs.  See Josh throw a javelin in his business attire here, and the video that made them friends here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/5/202357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ashleigh Murray

Brian is back with The Other Black Girl herself, Ashleigh Murray. Ashleigh schools Brian on the difference between Kansas City in Kansas and Missouri, the pearls and pitfalls of adapting a beloved comic book character, and nearly calling a SWAT team over a mysterious bottle of champagne in her hotel room.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/21/20231 hour, 56 seconds
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Sinclair Daniel

This week Brian celebrates the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike with star of Hulu's The Other Black Girl, Sinclair Daniel. They discuss Sinclair’s bi-coastal beginnings, how New York City shaped her early acting experiences, and the highs and lows of releasing a TV show during the actors' strike.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/14/202359 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bomani Jones

Brian is on today with sports journalist extraordinaire Bomani Jones. Bomani tells Brian how he ended up with three separate economics degrees, his hot take on hot takes, and his very favorite part about sports: the petty dramas behind the scenes of college football.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/7/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 1 second
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Stephanie Szostak

Brian works on his French language skills this week with actor, author, and mental health advocate Stephanie Szostak! Stephanie surprises Brian with stories of her childhood in France, her brief career as a part-time model in New York, and her early successes working alongside legends like Meryl Streep and Steve Carell. The pair also discuss the inspiration behind Stephanie's new book, "Selfish: Step Into a Journey of Self-Discovery to Revive Confidence, Joy, and Meaning" which is available now.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/31/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mailbag 2023

Brian responds to YOUR questions this week on a very special Mailbag episode of Off the Beat! We get the inside scoop about the highs and lows of Brian’s professional career, his preference for villains, hot takes on college football, and personal tips for always staying beautiful. Plus he spills the beans on his not-so-secret chili recipe!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/24/202354 minutes, 40 seconds
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Colt Knost

It’s all things golf this week when Brian is joined by his friend and retired PGA Tour golfer, Colt Knost. Colt doesn’t hold back as the two discuss highlights of his notable amateur career, the constant grind of making The Cut, finding his second life as a media personality for CBS Sports and Sirius XM, and his opinions on the challenges currently facing the game.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/202357 minutes, 55 seconds
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Alex Caruso

Chicago Bulls player and all-defensive first team NBA player Alex Caruso talks about fulfilling his destiny at Texas A&M, taking the long way to the NBA, and Brian and Alex both share their most embarrassing basketball moments.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/3/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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Charley Hoffman

Live and in person from their shared home course in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Brian talks with his neighbor and friend PGA Tour pro Charley Hoffman about getting knocked down a peg by his excellent team at UNLV, stepping into a leadership role on the board of the PGA, and living in paradise in his hometown of San Diego.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/26/20231 hour, 33 seconds
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We Love Our Writers

In honor of the amazing writers of The Office, Brian shares a compilation of his favorite moments interviewing the creative minds behind the show. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky talk about fan-favorite episodes: Dinner Party and Scott Tots, Mike Schur reflects back on the 2008 writers strike, and Jen Celotta remembers the love and passion every writer had for the show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/19/202349 minutes, 32 seconds
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AJ Pierzynski

Baseball bad boy AJ Pierzynski remembers the days of waiting by the phone for important news, reveals how boos from the crowd actually made him play better, and gives his thoughts on the upcoming playoffs.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/12/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Introducing: Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon

Hi, Off the Beat Fans! We want to share a new podcast that we think you'll love - Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon.  About the show: A singular star, everyone ( and we mean everyone! ) is connected to ...KEVIN BACON.  He has starred in some of the biggest films of the last 30 years – and after years of hearing his name used alongside ‘Six Degrees’ (the idea that everyone is separated by six people or less), Kevin decided to embrace it and turned the concept into a non-profit – SixDegrees.org - in 2007.  Now, in his new podcast “Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon,” he will use his fame to feature celebrity guests and highlight their favorite charitable organizations! Each episode will feature inspirational conversations with extraordinary changemakers and how they are making a difference in the world every single day. Get ready to lean in, learn and be inspired to act. Tune in Tuesdays for your weekly dose of #dogooders. The 'Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon' podcast. Dancing will NOT be banned. Listen here and subscribe to Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/7/20231 minute, 29 seconds
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Andrew Whitworth

Former NFL tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals and the LA Rams, Andrew Whitworth chats with Brian about his near-perfect game attendance record, helping develop the team culture at the Rams, and the most beautiful full circle moments of his career.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/5/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sarah Wayne Callies

Brian gains a new friend in Sarah Wayne Callies, who speaks about her homeland of Hawaii, the beauty of live theater, and opening new frontiers in the podcast world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/29/202355 minutes, 53 seconds
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Lindsey Vonn

Brian chats with a rule breaker, record breaker, and bone breaker Lindsey Vonn. The Olympic medalist and skiing champion talks about her first hole in one, the topography of Minnesota, and breaking her body for her sport.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/22/20231 hour, 1 minute, 20 seconds
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Kevin Reilly

Kevin Reilly, the former network exec behind shows like Saved by the Bell, The Sopranos, The Shield, The Office, and more talks about falling in love with television and the palm tree silhouettes of Los Angeles, drinking Evian on Brandon Tartikoff’s sofa, and his perspective on the strike from a network insider.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/15/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
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Peter Schrager

Sports reporter and NFL insider Peter Schrager talks to Brian about the best job in the world, managing his crazy schedule across two coasts, and running into celebrities in his neighborhood - plus his top pick for all you fantasy football players this year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/8/202359 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bob Parsons

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and golf enthusiast Bob Parsons is on the podcast today, talking about how he came up with the name GoDaddy, using psychedelics to heal PTSD, and the best golf clubs on the market.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/1/202354 minutes, 15 seconds
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Gene Stupnitsky

Brian catches up with his old colleague, former writer on The Office and co-creator of Jury Duty, Gene Stupnitsky. He talks about his childhood as a Ukrainian immigrant, getting fired from every assistant position he ever had, and the secrets of getting kids to say dirty jokes without ruining their innocence.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/25/202357 minutes, 36 seconds
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Michael Peña

This week, Brian sits down with Crash and Narcos star Michael Peña (or as we like to call him, the King of Hilarious Callbacks.) The two chat about everything from the double-life Michael lived as a child to the confidence that Sidney Poitier instilled in him and the embarrassing moments on set of Jack Ryan that didn’t quite make it to final cut. This episode was recorded on July 6, 2023.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/18/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ben Silverman

For the second time on the podcast, Brian gets to pick the brain of the brilliant Ben Silverman, visionary executive producer behind The Office, Ugly Betty, Jane the Virgin, The Biggest Loser, and many more. He talks about his childhood being raised by theater and television in Manhattan, the disappointment of attaining his childhood dream, breaking into new fields in media, and he even gives Brian some Japanese lessons.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/11/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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Landon Donovan

On today’s episode, Brian speaks with the greatest US soccer player of all time, Landon Donovan. He talks about moving to Europe at 17, seeing the sport gain popularity in the US, and the influx of soccer teams coming to San Diego. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/4/202347 minutes, 49 seconds
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AJ Hawk

Brian’s golf buddy, former Green Bay linebacker and current co-host of The Pat McAfee Show, AJ Hawk is going off (the beat) today, talking about his career in football, becoming a fixture at the American Century Golf Championship, and what he is (and isn’t) giving up as The Pat McAfee Show moves to ESPN.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/27/202354 minutes, 31 seconds
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Paul Lieberstein

One of Brian’s favorite people (and everyone’s favorite HR rep) Paul Lieberstein is on the show today. He talks about his early, terrible spec scripts, his excellent new show Lucky Hank, and the real reasons behind the writer’s strike.See omny.fm/listener for privacy information.
6/20/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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Introducing: Born To Love with Ellie Kemper and Scott Eckert

Hi, Off the Beat Fans! We want to share a new podcast from Will Ferrell's Big Money Players Network that we think you'll love - Born To Love with Ellie Kemper and Scott Eckert.  About the show: Born to Love with Ellie Kemper and Scott Eckert is an interview show about all the things we absolutely adore, hosted by Ellie Kemper and her longtime comedy friend, Scott Eckert. Each week Ellie, Scott, and various celebrity guests discuss what they were Born to Love: a hobby, a city, a holiday, a cuisine, a movie, a childhood memory - there's so much love to share! Ellie and Scott keep it playful and upbeat while getting into all sorts of topics... all in the name of love. Listen here and subscribe to Born To Love with Ellie Kemper and Scott Eckert  on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/20232 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jake McDorman

Brian meets a new friend today, the talented and omnipresent Jake McDorman (he’s everywhere!). He shares his experience moving to Hollywood by himself at 17, the NSFW first scene he shot for What We Do in the Shadows, and how he stays in the zeitgeist by being in multiple shows at once.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/13/20231 hour, 27 seconds
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Amber Ruffin

Brian catches up with the hilarious writer and comedian Amber Ruffin, who tells him all about making a career in professional improv, working with her sister, and her lifelong love of (not) learning.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/6/202356 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rainn Wilson

On this episode of Off the Beet [Farm], Brian catches up with his dear old friend Rainn Wilson. Instead of talking about The Office, they go much deeper into how he harnessed his childhood struggles to play some of the weirdest characters out there, traveling the world for his new show Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, and okay fine, they do talk about The Office a little too.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/30/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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Garret Dillahunt

On today’s episode, star of stage and screen Garret Dillahunt talks about the whirlwind of creativity on the set of Deadwood, the third director on the set of No Country for Old Men, and never being too proud to take a paycheck.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/23/202359 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tom Cavanagh

Famously Canadian actor Tom Cavanagh gets what he’s been waiting for - to be a guest on Off The Beat. He uses the opportunity to tell Brian about his screen-less childhood in Africa, being the worst singer in every musical he’s ever done, and playing the same character many different ways on The Flash.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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John Hoogenakker

Brian’s fellow Southerner, high school debate team champion, and friend of John Krasinski John Hoogenakker is on the podcast today. He shares how he managed to be a big-time actor without ever living in New York or LA, traveling the world for beer commercials, and balancing his resume of extremely dark stories (like Dopesick and Waco: The Aftermath) with lighter fare (Dilly Dilly!).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/9/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jason Alexander & Peter Tilden

Best friends and TV/radio legends Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Peter Tilden (Writer/Producer) sit down with Brian to chat about everything from how Jason found out he couldn’t cut it in magic, the ways Jason may be more like George Costanza than he admits, and their brand new podcast “Really? No Really?”, an iHeartPodcasts series that you can listen to now at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-really-no-really-107027693/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/2/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 36 seconds
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Angela Gibbs

It’s always a great episode when Brian meets one of his idols - and today’s guest is not only a legend in her own right but the daughter of one as well. Star of stage, screen, and ABC’s new dark comedy Not Dead Yet, Angela Gibbs sits down to talk about breaking into Hollywood alongside her mother Marla Gibbs, moving to Africa and changing her name, and helping Michael Keaton win an Oscar.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/25/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Rosie O’Donnell

Brian is joined today by the legend who “met everyone there was to meet”, the incredible actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell. In a beautifully candid conversation, the two discuss everything from the hilarious way Rosie got her start in show biz to the unbreakable sisterhood she formed with Madonna and why the “Queen of Nice” title was never quite right.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/18/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds
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Oliver Stark

This week Brian is joined by 9-1-1 and Into the Badlands star, Oliver Stark. The duo dive deep into Oliver’s early acting days in London, the time Idris Elba did (and didn’t) recognize him, and what it’s been like playing a firefighter on the small screen.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/11/202354 minutes, 31 seconds
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Maz Jobrani

As he gears up for his next tour, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani regails Brian with tales of getting recognized by Spike Lee, filming his seventh stand-up special, and fighting for democracy through comedy.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/4/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

Hanging out with Brian today is stand-up comedian, actress, and author Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. She tells stories about following a producer into 7-Eleven, going viral before going viral was a thing, and the joke that’s lived a thousand lives. They also get into her book, Who Do I Think I Am: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams (now available in paperback) and her sixth comedy special which will be released on YouTube May 14th! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/28/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 34 seconds
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Steven Krueger

Brian gains yet another new best friend today - this time it’s Yellowjackets star Steven Krueger. Steven nerds out with Brian about their time in high school speech & debate, shares how he changed his dream from being a lawyer to being an actor, and issues an apology to Canada for the crimes he committed while filming in Vancouver.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/21/202358 minutes, 18 seconds
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Katie Lowes & Guillermo Díaz

Scandal co-stars and rewatch podcast co-hosts Katie Lowes & Guillermo Díaz are on with Brian today for a very fun episode, in which they discuss their roots in New York and the never-ending hustle of actor life, give a glowing report from the magical world of Shondaland, and share their safe word (oops - they don’t have one!).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/14/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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Jenna Fischer Rerun

First aired in 2021. As a special happy birthday treat to the “heart of The Office”, we are revisiting Brian’s full interview with receptionist and vet technician Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly). Jenna discusses the time she laid everything down to protect the Office pilot DVD, DMing fans on Myspace from set... back when Myspace was a thing, and her only regret from the show (ugh, thanks, Toby!).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/7/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 13 seconds
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Randall Einhorn

He’s an executive producer and director these days, but Brian knows him better as the director of photography on an old show called The Office. Randall Einhorn is back on the podcast to share stories about his life in the wilderness, moving from behind the camera to behind the cameraman, and turning teachers into heroes on Abbott Elementary.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/28/202354 minutes, 8 seconds
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Kyle Bornheimer

His name is Kyle Bornheimer, but you might know him as The 30-Second Man, as Adman on The Office, or maybe as Steve Martin if you knew him when he was little. Whatever you want to call him, he talks to Brian about his dreams of tap dancing, guest starring in almost all your favorite TV shows, and how he became a joke on BoJack Horseman without ever appearing on the show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/21/20231 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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Dylan Dreyer

Brian’s newest bestie, NBC meteorologist and 3rd Hour of TODAY co-host Dylan Dreyer is on the podcast to teach Brian many things, like how to read a weather report, what Lake Effect Snow is, and her name (which maybe Brian had some trouble with when they first met).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/14/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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Super Bowl Edition: Kay Adams and Stephen Saux

It’s that time of year again… Super Bowl season! Brian brings on sportscaster extraordinaire Kay Adams and esteemed commissioner of The Office Fantasy Football League Stephen Saux to talk Super Sunday. From the hottest takes on the big game to the worst trade Rainn offered this year, Brian, Kay and Stephen have you covered.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/7/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nastia Liukin

Dog mom and gymnast Nastia Liukin joins Brian to share her inspiring journey to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They discuss everything from how she convinced her dad to coach her to being mentored by Kobe Bryant and the time she gave a gymnastics lesson to Brian (yes, the host of this podcast, Brian). Check her out in Fox’s new competition series Special Forces.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/31/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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Richard Kind

This week, the hilarious Richard Kind breaks it to Brian he can’t join his exclusive dinner club. He also tells him all about his philosophy of life, bringing a sense of realism to his role as an NYPD officer, and all the people he’s wanted dead over the years (it’s a long list).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/24/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bellamy Young

Fresh off the set of their new show The Other Black Girl, Brian’s friend and recent co-star Bellamy Young is on today’s episode. She tells him about her pageant days in North Carolina, her time as POTUS Mellie Grant on Scandal, and vows to teach Brian to sew.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/17/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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Eric McCormack

Will and Grace star Eric McCormack joins Brian this week to chat about his early days in Canadian theater, his failed Friends’ audition, and the moment Elton John offered him a private home performance. They also discuss their new Hulu show, The Other Black Girl!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/10/202357 minutes, 17 seconds
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Michelle Wie West

Brian is joined by golf legend Michelle Wie West to talk about her career which began at the age of ten. They discuss the unexpected impediment that made her choose golf over tennis, why playing against the boys just wasn’t that big of a deal, and the motivation behind her “visually shocking” golf stance.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/3/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds
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Best of 2022 - Pt. 2

Brian takes one last look at a few of the wonderful people who’ve stopped by this year on Off The Beat. He looks back on everything from how Catherine Tate blossomed from shy child to performer to how Penn Badgley was convinced to take his role on Gossip Girl. Hear from: Catherine Tate, Jon Hamm, Penn Badgley, Lamorne Morris, Paul Walter Hauser, Penn Jillette, Danica McKellar.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/27/202258 minutes, 25 seconds
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Best of 2022 - Pt. 1

This week, Brian reflects on some of the incredible guests who have joined him in going Off The Beat. From the audition nerves that launched so many into stardom to the man who lip-synced long before it was cool, he revisits a small sampling of the amazing people who’ve made the podcast what it is today. Hear from: Rob Riggle, Alyson Hannigan, Eric Stonestreet, Busy Philipps, Kevin McHale & Jenna Ushkowitz, Drea de Matteo, Rob Corddry, Kevin Pollak.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/20221 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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Penn Badgley

Brian interviews his second Penn in today’s episode - the charming, philosophical, plays-a-murderer-on-tv Penn Badgley from the smash hit show, You. Penn digs into Joe Goldberg’s myth of love, the awkward middle school years, why amoral characters are compelling, and the importance of journaling your way through starring on Gossip Girl.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/13/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Miz

Off The Beat’s #1 fan, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, is back for a full interview with Brian about his fascinating journey from reality TV star to WWE Superstar. He dives into his VHS tape audition for The Real World, the creation of “The Miz,” and the advice The Rock gave him for his first film.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/6/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jenna Ushkowitz & Kevin McHale

Brian is Glee-ful to have his first threesome in this episode with Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale. They talk about Jenna’s start on Broadway and Kevin’s days in a boy band, facing Ryan Murphy for the first time, and the origins of the beloved holiday known as Snixxmas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/29/202251 minutes, 16 seconds
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Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar is a different type of triple threat than you’ve met before - she’s a mathematician, author, and actor all in one. She sits down with Brian to explain two-dimensional magnetic models, the magic of Christmas movies, and getting a round of applause for her first kiss.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/22/202250 minutes, 32 seconds
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Taran Killam

Comedian and SNL alum Taran Killam talks to Brian about his varied career, from the stage to sketch comedy to sports. They discuss Taran’s envious role in Hamilton, SNL’s infamous after-after parties, and the importance of monthly pedicures.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/15/202259 minutes, 26 seconds
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Rob Corddry

Brian is joined by the one and only Rob Corddry to talk about his incredible acting career. They dive into everything from Rob’s penchant for embarrassing himself in front of celebrities, the “joke machine gun” that was Childrens Hospital, and the years of media plants that led to hosting Top Gear America.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/8/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 29 seconds
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Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette, one of the greatest magic men in history, joins Brian for a fascinating dive into his career. They talk about the key ingredient in his 47-year partnership with Teller, the “scientist” who never deserved to have such an influence on his life, and how a career as “carny trash” would have been perfectly fine by him.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/1/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 54 seconds
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John Krasinski & Craig Robinson Birthday Special

This week, Brian tells John Krasinski and Craig Robinson (Jim and Darryl from The Office) “IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY.” To celebrate, he digs into the archives to hear all about the way John and Jenna constantly shut down production, John’s tendency to cry-laugh, and Craig’s unique method for wooing college sweethearts.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/25/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ernie Hudson

Brian sits down with the prolific Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz, The Family Business) for a hilarious chat about how he started busting ghosts, Gordon Parks stumbling upon his resume, becoming a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and working with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/202258 minutes, 8 seconds
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Linda Purl

Brian gets to catch up with the legendary Linda Purl, whose acting, music, and baking credits are vast, but you might know as Pam’s mom on The Office. She talks about growing up in Japan, her two roles on Happy Days, and starting a new business in the bread industry.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 11 seconds
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Lio Tipton

Lio Tipton joins Brian to talk about their ice skating days in The Minneapple, their experience on America’s Next Top Model, and what it was like to learn from Steve Carell on set of Crazy Stupid Love. Lio also dives into BJ Novak's Vengeance, and Jake Lacy's A Friend of the Family… you won’t want to miss this one!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/4/20221 hour, 39 seconds
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Paul Walter Hauser

Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya, BlaKkKlansman, Richard Jewell, Cobra Kai), talks to Brian about finding the specific behaviors of his character, surprising little kids on the street as Stingray, and his story of running into Tony Hawk (we know everyone has one of those)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/27/202258 minutes, 39 seconds
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Busy Philipps

Fellow actor, podcast host, and human person Busy Philipps joins Brian to talk about the golden age of teen television, wishing she were with her boyfriend instead of on the set of Dawson’s Creek, and creating her talk show with the help of Merv Griffin’s ghost. Listen to Brian’s episode on Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/20/202258 minutes, 16 seconds
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Kevin Pollak

Actor, comedian, and poker shark Kevin Pollak, currently starring as Moishe on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, tells Brian all about starting stand-up as a child at his family Seder, taking a chance on a little script called The Usual Suspects, and the best acting advice he ever got: do less.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/13/202257 minutes, 30 seconds
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Michael Rosenbaum

Brian’s new BFF Michael Rosenbaum (known for his role as Smallville’s Lex Luthor) joins him to discuss his relationship with his mother, being kind to everyone because you never know who they might be, and the stunt he pulled in his Lex Luthor audition that he doesn’t recommend (even though it worked).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/6/202257 minutes, 39 seconds
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Drea de Matteo

The Sopranos’ very own Drea de Matteo goes off the beat with Brian this week to talk about the shocking reason she became an actress, the art of truly committing to your character, and the moment she realized she was going to become a series regular as Adriana La Cerva.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/30/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds
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Mailbag

Brian flies solo for this week’s episode, answering fan questions and diving into everything you wanted to know about The Office fan theories, Off The Beat, Sports, and of course, what Kevin Malone might be up to in 2022.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/23/202251 minutes, 47 seconds
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Introducing The Offical Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon

Hi, Off the Beat fans! We're excited to tell you about The Offical Game of Thrones Podcast, which takes a deep dive into House of the Dragon - the new Game of Thrones prequel from HBO. We think you'll want to hear this as you watch each episode of the TV show. Check out the trailer to see for yourself! About the Podcast: Welcome to the Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon. This show is a place for the mega fan, moderate enthusiasts, and the casual watcher of the Game of Thrones franchise, including the newest addition, “House of the Dragon.” Join our hosts Jason Concepcion (X-Ray Vision) and Greta Johnsen (WBEZ’s Nerdette) every week as they share storyline insights, fan questions, exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and a whole lot of thoughts and opinions. It’s the only podcast with the inside scoop on all things Game of Thrones.  Listen to The Offical Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/22/20222 minutes, 51 seconds
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OTB Sports: Julian Edelman

12 year veteran for the New England Patriots, 3x Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman joins Brian to share his ultimate underdog story - from fighting his way to the NFL to meeting Bill Belichick and running into Tom Brady for the first time… almost literally. We also get some breaking news about his brand new podcast, Games with Names.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/18/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 15 seconds
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Emmanuelle Chriqui

Known for her roles on Entourage and Superman & Lois, Emmanuelle Chriqui joins Brian to talk about everything from stagefright to Entourage reunions to defying her own expectations and working an Adam Sandler movie.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/16/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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Leonardo Nam

Actor Leonardo Nam of Maggie, Westworld and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants tells Brian what it’s like to be an international man of mystery, using opera as his pump-up music, and performing Shakespeare as a drag queen on roller blades.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/9/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 33 seconds
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OTB Sports: Jon Miller

On this episode of Off the Beat: Sports, Brian is joined by the President of Programming for NBC Sports, Jon Miller. Jon tells Brian all about the last 45 years of sports television, the unlikely origin story of the National Dog Show, and reveals the secret trophy room for NBC failures hidden inside 30 Rock. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/4/202255 minutes, 6 seconds
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Adam Conover

Comedian Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything and The G Word stops by to share his fountain of knowledge with Brian. They discuss everything from whether alpha males exist to how a punchline is born - before Adam proceeds to ruin perfectly good topics like puppies and The Office.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/2/202258 minutes, 55 seconds
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Danielle Fishel

Danielle Fishel joins Brian to talk about being a hyper-confident child actor, growing up on the set of Boy Meets World and then returning to Girl Meets World as an adult, plus her love of Brian’s work on Trash Truck.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/26/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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OTB Sports: JJ Redick

Basketball legend JJ Redick joins the podcast today to muse with Brian over the many ways our decisions impact our futures. They talk about the influence his big sisters had over him, the pinch-me moments in his career, and his podcast, The Old Man and the Three.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/21/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tate Donovan

Brian sits down with show biz veteran Tate Donovan - whom you may know as one of the worst TV dads in history, Jimmy Cooper, or Rachel Green’s multimillionaire love interest, Joshua Burgin. They talk everything from finding Tate’s passion for acting at four years old to why it’s not a good idea to work with your ex and the time he was told to “SHUT UP!” on set.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/19/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 4 seconds
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Live from Lake Tahoe

Brian heads to Lake Tahoe for the American Century Championship in today’s extra special episode. Partnering with Airbnb, he talks with some of sports and entertainments’ greatests - Adam Napier, Jerome Bettis, Jimmy Roberts, The Miz, Marcus Allen, and Vince Carter - about what brings them back year after year, and what gives them the confidence to play. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/12/20221 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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OTB Sports: Randall Cobb

Brian’s friend and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb sits down for a special sports edition of Off The Beat. He talks about selling hot dogs at his hometown college football games, the first time he visited Green Bay, and how sometimes running the wrong path can still get you the touchdown.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/7/202243 minutes, 14 seconds
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Khary Payton

It’s an SMU reunion this week as Khary Payton AKA King Ezekiel from The Walking Dead shares his journey to the throne with Brian. They discuss how Khary painted rocks to start his first theater company, his epic tenure as Cyborg from Teen Titans, and why Kevin really should have been the (next) World’s Best Boss.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/5/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 55 seconds
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OTB Sports: Eric Dickerson

Legendary NFL running back and Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson joins his good friend Brian to kick off the Off The Beat: Sports Edition! Eric sets the record straight on his football beginnings, the infamous Pontiac Trans-Am controversy, and how his mother was the guiding force behind it all. Check out Eric’s new book, Watch My Smoke: The Eric Dickerson Story, today: https://a.co/d/738FLGM.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/30/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 29 seconds
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Kevin Rahm

Brian sits down with his old friend Kevin Rahm to reminisce about the greatest movie they ever made - Moosecock. Plus, he’ll talk about working on legendary shows like Desperate Housewives and Mad Men, being mistaken for James Spader, and his namesake golf tournament that has raised $1.7 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital - visit therahmgolf.org for more information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/28/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 6 seconds
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Joe Buck

In today’s episode, Brian goes even further “off the beat” and interviews his good friend and legendary sportscaster, Joe Buck. This is the first of some sports guests to come - Joe dives deep into his career from becoming Fox’s youngest NFL announcer to his favorite baseball and football calls to signing on to broadcast for ESPN. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/21/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Rodney Barnes

What do graphic novels, the Boondocks and the LA Lakers have in common? Winning Time’s Writer and Executive Producer Rodney Barnes, of course! Rodney joins Brian to talk about how he slid his way into his first Writers’ Room, the way comic books prepared him for the world, and what it’s like to write about a living history.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/202248 minutes, 57 seconds
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Anne Winters

Actress and creator of the term “LA-ien” Anne Winters joins Brian to talk about performing live with a cucumber, how she builds an emotional arc for her characters, and joining the cast for the new season of The Orville: New Horizons, now streaming on Hulu.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/202242 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tramell Tillman

Brian is joined by one of the stars of his new favorite show, Severance, Tramell Tillman. They talk about Tramell’s original path to become a surgeon, creating the unpredictable character of Milchick and the world of Lumon, and the five minutes of frivolity that is the Music Dance Experience. Beware - Severance spoilers ahead! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/31/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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Larry The Cable Guy

Dan Whitney, also known as Larry the Cable Guy, joins his golf buddy Brian to talk about his start in shock radio, the secret allure of Nebraska, and speaking to friends and fans on both sides of the aisle.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/202255 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jenna Elfman

Brian meets a new friend, the talented actress and fellow podcaster Jenna Elfman. She tells him about her almost-career as a professional ballerina, how she created the quirky character of Dharma on Dharma & Greg, and what it was like to enter the zombie world of Fear the Walking Dead.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/17/202256 minutes, 33 seconds
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Aasif Mandvi

Actor, writer, and theater-lover Aasif Mandvi joins Brian to talk about growing up across three separate countries, how he talk-sang his way through the musical Oklahoma!, and how he almost missed his audition for The Daily Show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/202259 minutes, 5 seconds
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Catherine Tate

Brian sits down with the hilarious Catherine Tate to talk about her journey from Catholic School to the stage. They discuss the time she got to play “Girl 1” alongside Daniel Craig, the word she created that has become a part of the lexicon, and how she went from hater to fangirl of the US Office.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/3/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jon Hamm

One of 2010’s Sexiest Man Alive and the iconic star of AMC’s Mad Men, Jon Hamm, sits down with Brian to discuss his years as a drama teacher at John Burroughs High School, how he developed the Don Draper character, and the two big movie franchises he gets to work on now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/26/202240 minutes, 53 seconds
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Oscar Nunez

Brian’s dear friend from the accounting department, Oscar Nunez joins him to share some stories even Brian never knew - including his fascinating family history and his stint in fashion school. Move over, Oscar de la Renta, we’ve got Oscar Nunez! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/202249 minutes, 3 seconds
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Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick joins Brian to discuss her incredible life, from working on Capitol Hill to becoming an Emmy nominated actress. They dive into her career - starring on Dream On, Just Shoot Me, and most importantly, working with Brian on Hot in Cleveland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/202248 minutes, 50 seconds
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Kevin Nealon

From his years on The Johnny Carson Show and SNL to his second career as a caricaturist - Kevin Nealon has done it all. On today’s episode, join Kevin and Brian as they dive deep into Nealon’s career, his hilarious audition stories, and the time he almost got cast as Sam Malone for Cheers.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/202242 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lamorne Morris

Brian welcomes the one and only Lamorne Morris AKA Winston Bishop from New Girl to the show. They chat about Lamorne’s never-ending audition process, his complicated relationship with cats in real life, and the wrap party with Prince. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/202250 minutes, 28 seconds
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Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton finally sets the record straight about his wild stories in a game of “Fact or Fiction”, being attacked by wild dogs in Libya, and his life in the metaverse as Cryptocreed with his new series of Non-"Sponge"able Tokens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/202254 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (known for her role as Meadow Soprano) chats with Brian all about her childhood in musical theater, her relationship with the late great James Gandolfini, and what it was like to win the Super Bowl…in Brian’s eyes, at least. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/202252 minutes, 47 seconds
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Jessica Szohr

Brian and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl’s Vanessa Abrams) - Hollywood’s most unlikely duo - have been through more together than you might think. From being snowed in at Justin Timberlake’s house to plenty of Packers games, they discuss their friendship and favorite memories together. Be sure to check out Jessica's podcast, XOXO at https://link.chtbl.com/XOXOwithJessicaSzohr Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202240 minutes, 46 seconds
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Rob Riggle

For the first time in… weeks, Brian talks to fellow actor and golfing buddy Rob Riggle - or you might know him as Captain Jack (among many other amazing credits). Rob talks about his 23 years in the Marines, the unusual way he hypes himself up when he gets down, and the correct pronunciation of “Wallenpaupack”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/20221 hour, 41 seconds
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Eric Stonestreet

Brian is joined today by a man who we dare you to not like, Eric Stonestreet AKA Cam from Modern Family. Brian and Eric talk about everything from Eric’s evolution from a “pig grazin’ farm guy” to the king of commercials to the never-before-heard Emmy story that will move you to tears. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/22/202256 minutes, 22 seconds
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Alyson Hannigan

Brian sits down for his first Off The Beat interview with the legen—wait for it—dary Alyson Hannigan AKA Lily Aldrin from How I Met Your Mother. They take it all the way back to her days fighting demons, the time a few too many iced teas landed her an iconic role, and her auditioning faux pas that could have cost Jason Segel his role as Marshall.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/15/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 6 seconds
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Introducing: Off the Beat

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2/14/20221 minute, 50 seconds
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TODD Farewell

Brian pulls back the curtain to talk about his journey into podcasting and what it has been like to make The Office Deep Dive. Then, he sits down for one last interview with his co-author and Executive Producer Ben Silverman to talk about their last year revisiting The Office - and the possibilities of the future. And don’t worry, Brian isn’t going anywhere. Come back next week to this feed to hear the very first episode of Off The Beat. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/8/202240 minutes, 59 seconds
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David Koechner

Today Brian sits down to talk with the hilarious David Koechner who played Michael’s inappropriate friend, the Pacman - Todd Packer. David explains how it was like to grow up in a little town in Missouri, how he manifested his SNL days at age 13, his iconic role as Champ Kind on Anchorman, and of course, how he brought The Office’s cringiest character to life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 41 seconds
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David Denman

In another brand new interview, Brian talks to David Denman, who played Pam’s high school sweetheart and former fiancé, Roy Anderson. David talks about finding out there was such a thing as acting school, working with Kate Winslet and her Cheez Whiz, and makes a riveting case in defense of Roy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/25/202243 minutes, 39 seconds
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Brian Wittle

They say two Brians are better than one… Brian [Baumgartner] sits down with The Office boom operator Brian [Wittle] to talk about the soothing sounds of the show, the uncomfortable positions it took to get those sounds, and Brian Wittle’s namesake character with a bad rap for meddling in true love. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/18/202244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Carey Bennett

Did you ever wonder where Dwight’s mustard shirts, Pam’s cardigans, or Jim’s three-hole-punch costume came from? This week, costume designer extraordinaire Carey Bennett is ready to share it all. She and Brian dive into the intricacies of The Office costume design - from the show’s unfashionable fashion to collaborations with Rainn Wilson to helping create and define individual characters through their costumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/11/202256 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Office Deep Dive Call-In Edition - Pt. 3

What better way to kick off the new year than with another call-in episode of The Office Deep Dive? Brian hears from fans about everything from the time an elderly woman misunderstood a “that’s what she said” joke to speculation about who we’d all actually want to work with in an office - before paying tribute to the Jims and Pams in all of your lives.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/4/202253 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Office Deep Dive Call-In Edition - Pt. 2

Brian brings it back to the fans in part two of this special call-in edition of the podcast. He takes calls from listeners to talk all things The Office, from Kevin’s evolution throughout the series to what it’s been like to grow up alongside the show. Then, the fans do their own deep dive into why young people respond so well to the show. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/28/202157 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Office Deep Dive Call-In Edition - Pt. 1

On today’s episode, YOU get to guide the conversation! Brian brings on listeners from all around the world to answer all of their burning questions, respond to their hilarious - and incredibly moving - stories about The Office, and spend some time getting to know the people who have made this whole thing possible. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/21/202151 minutes, 9 seconds
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Best Of - Pt. 2

Brian takes one last look at the incredible guests who have joined us on this deep dive journey into The Office. He revisits everyone from the world’s best boss to the world’s worst HR representative as he uncovers why this little show stole the hearts of people all over the world and made a cast of misfits feel like family. Hear from: Steve Carell, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson, Kate Flannery, Jenna Fischer, Claire Scanlon, Phyllis Smith, John Krasinski, Creed Bratton.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/14/202149 minutes, 29 seconds
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Best Of - Pt. 1

This week, we take a walk down memory lane with Brian as he revisits the best of the best from his deep dive interviews. From the inspiration behind the Dwight Schrute hair to the actress who would have changed her hair to anything to be a part of the Office family, we hear from some of the amazing cast and crew that helped make the show what it is today. Hear from: Ricky Gervais, Rainn Wilson, Ken Kwapis, Angela Kinsey, Mike Schur, Oscar Nunez, Ellie Kemper, Amy Ryan, and Greg Daniels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/7/202149 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bonus: Scranton Edition

Brian takes us back to the very place where it all began, his second home, Scranton, PA. In this super special edition of the podcast, he talks with some of the people who have been on this journey with him since day one, and whose lives have been changed just as much by The Office as his own. So join us on a trip to the home of Dunder Mifflin, where everybody’s arms are always open to The Office family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/30/202140 minutes, 33 seconds
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Greg Daniels - Pt. 3

On this week of giving thanks, Brian brings in the actual world’s best boss for the final installment of their conversation, the incomparable and unbelievably brilliant showrunner and creator of The Office, Greg Daniels. Greg and Brian discuss the way that Steve’s dedication to improv changed the show, the awards ceremony that went horribly wrong, and what the man that every single cast and crew member is thankful for - is thankful for himself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/23/202145 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ed Helms - Pt. 2

Tune in this week for part two of Brian’s conversation with the Nard Dog himself, Ed Helms. Ed tells Brian all about his real-life acapella experience, his weeks that started in Scranton and ended in Vegas - and then things get emotional as they start to reflect back on their time on The Office. Oh, and make sure to stick around for Brian’s huge announcement at the end of the episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/16/202137 minutes, 55 seconds
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Mike Schur - Pt. 2

Dwight’s weird cousin Mose AKA the incredible writer Mike Schur joins Brian in the studio for the second half of their conversation. Mike talks about being a part of the cult of Greg Daniels, all of The Office sequels that could have been, and the absolutely hilarious jokes that the writers’ room played on their fellow crew members. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/202153 minutes, 34 seconds
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Jen Celotta - Pt. 2

The laughiest writer on The Office, Jen Celotta, is back and better than ever for part two of her conversation with Brian. Jen reminisces about the greatest love stories that ever were, the time she forgot she was filming a show and Steve had to remind her, and her work day on WebMD that turned into an episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/9/202146 minutes, 18 seconds
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David Rogers

On this week’s episode, Brian brings in The Encyclopedia AKA the incredible editor David Rogers. David tells Brian all about his early days on The Office, from the 25 attempts it took to get the theme song right to his role in getting Meredith hit by a car - and landing her a spot on the Tonight Show. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/2/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ken Kwapis - Pt. 2

The man who always searched for the truth is back for round two of his interview. Director extraordinaire Ken Kwapis joins Brian in the studio to discuss why one should never write a complicated dialogue scene while people are playing volleyball, how he thought Brian’s basketball skills HAD to be visual effects, and the original ending for The Office that involved a very unsuspecting character (well, thing?). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/26/202137 minutes, 13 seconds
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Craig Robinson

Ah yes, the warehouse foreman who blessed us with “dinkin flicka” and served as the voice of reason in all the insanity. Craig Robinson AKA Mr. Darryl Philbin himself joins Brian in the studio to chat about singing his way into booty calls, Steve’s ability to make you laugh without using words, and the panic he felt in his audition with Greg Daniels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/26/202134 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chris Haston

Today Brian talks to “the fastest gun in the west”, the man with arguably the best job in Hollywood - Chris Haston, the key photographer on The Office...who also happens to be Kate Flannery’s main man. Chris tells Brian about the days he had to bribe federales with Playboys, how he got his job at NBC by bugging one guy for five years, and his adorable love story with everyone’s favorite Office drunk. Oh, and you might just get a special cameo from her too!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/20/202158 minutes, 58 seconds
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John Krasinski - Pt. 2

Brian brings John Krasinski aka Jim Halpert back onto the podcast for the second half of their conversation, where they laugh, they cry, and they reveal a long-lost secret. Okay, two out of three of those are true. John talks about how hard he had to fight to stop Jim from cheating on Pam, the time a fan confused him for an old buddy from school, and why he had to lie to his TV dad. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/19/202146 minutes, 38 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/202139 minutes, 1 second
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/5/202154 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/29/202153 minutes, 29 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/28/202145 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/21/202139 minutes, 19 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/16/202150 minutes, 16 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/14/202157 minutes, 30 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/7/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/31/202133 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/24/202154 minutes, 27 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/19/202158 minutes, 25 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/17/202145 minutes, 20 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/10/202155 minutes, 2 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/3/202155 minutes, 51 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/202148 minutes, 24 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/20/202148 minutes, 44 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/13/202145 minutes, 41 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/6/202150 minutes, 49 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/29/202140 minutes, 42 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/25/202135 minutes, 31 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/22/202149 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/15/202144 minutes, 46 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/8/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/1/202145 minutes, 31 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/25/202145 minutes, 58 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/202144 minutes, 7 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/11/202140 minutes, 32 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/4/202152 minutes, 6 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/27/202154 minutes, 15 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/20/202146 minutes, 51 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/13/202136 minutes, 57 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/6/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/30/202135 minutes, 49 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/24/202158 minutes, 14 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/23/20211 hour, 16 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/16/202140 minutes, 49 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/9/202141 minutes, 49 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/2/202137 minutes, 20 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/23/202134 minutes, 2 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/16/202136 minutes, 43 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/9/202135 minutes, 39 seconds
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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 https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/9/202150 minutes, 11 seconds
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Introducing: The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner

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2/1/20212 minutes, 14 seconds