Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the series. Yes, 1,300 of them! Sabia says the goal was “to prove culture is not only everywhere, but that certain references to films, songs, and works of art are critical for our collective understanding of comedy and to the importance of relating to content.” So basically, it seems that the hope is that today’s creators can write references of previous art into their work without fear of massive legal action. Sabia certainly made that point with his site, which took a year and a half to complete. This video is the collection of all the cultural references just from the year 1997 in the series. I can’t imagine how much pop culture knowledge he must have had to even undertake the project or the amount of research it took on top of that. The site’s homepage even includes a video of some references he hasn’t placed yet, and invites site visitors to contribute. Sigh. Does this make you miss “The Office” as much as me? This series is just so many levels of awesome. [Wired]
“Guys, do you want to know a secret? You don’t have to be funny in order to attract us. Believe us, between your scalps and your calves, you’ve already got us. Your narrow, decrescendoing hips, and your soft, very hairy thighs leave us breathless. The truth is, there is no evolutionary cause for you to have to be funny. And precisely because your ancestors, and your ancestors’ grandparents, and your ancestors’ grandparents’ grandparents, and so on and so on, had no procreative need to cultivate a sense of humor and performance, you literally do not have it in your DNA.”
– “The Office’s” Ellie Kemper takes every assumption that women aren’t funny — and don’t need to be because they’re sexy‚ and tosses it on it’s head to great effect (and some befuddlement in certain commenters). That’s just a small snippet of her entire GQ essay. Take a break from your day and have a chuckle courtesy of this very funny lady. [GQ]
TV is a big part of my life; I watch a lot of it, which means the invention of the DVR has been my saving grace. Over the years, I’ve DVRed one-off programs, of course, but a smart TV viewer knows to DVR whole series so that a brain fart on Monday morning won’t lead to missing the latest episode of “The Bachelor,” which would obviously be a tragedy. The problem is that these days, I’ve noticed that I’m DVRing a lot of TV shows I don’t even watch anymore and haven’t in years. I’ve got major DVR clutter and in honor of Spring Cleaning Week, I’m cleaning house. Here are seven shows I’m deleting from my DVR and why. Keep reading »
Remember a couple of days ago when Angus T. Jones, the “half” on “Two And A Half Men,” had a major video freak out, and told fans of the show that the sitcom was utter filth? Yeah, that was pretty crazy. Well, now Rainn Wilson and Craig Robinson of “The Office” offer a similar warning to their viewers. You just knew Dwight Shrute wouldn’t actually approve of a show about Dwight Shrute, right? [YouTube]
I could look at the mustachioed visage of Nick Offerman — Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation”– for days. His ‘stache is perfectly groomed and majestic, reminiscent of the glory of a flock of birds cresting over the horizon or a beautiful sunrise on a pristine white beach. Here, he reassures men participating in Movember — the mustache-growing men’s health awareness movement — that their puny, sad sack teenage dirt ‘staches will grow thicker and fuller. Just ask his video co-stars, “The Office”‘s Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nuñez and Jake Lacy. You just have to give it time, says Nick, who reminds us that growing a mustache isn’t easy, but “nothing incredibly awesome is.” [Movember]
Sitcoms for everyone! Mindy Kaling is the latest lady we love to get her own show: a source tells NYmag.com that Fox will be ordering a pilot written and starring the fabulous Miss K. The “Office” star will play an OB/GYN as ”young Bridget Jones type … trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives.” Obstretics and gynecology are actually something our girl Mindy knows about in real life, seeing as her mama is a gyno in Boston. I’m suspending judgment for now: I love Mindy Kaling as much as the next 20something liberal arts degree-holding urban female, but it remains to be seen where stirrups and Pap smears are funzies on TV. [NYMag.com, Guardian UK]
It should come as no surprise that The Frisky staff is fairly obsessed with “Office” writer and star Mindy Kaling. It’s not just that we love her ridiculous portrayal of Kelly Kapoor, but we think it’s seriously great that she’s emerged as one of the smartest and sassiest female television writers around. We can’t wait for her new book, Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?, to hit the shelves this November, so in the meantime, we’ve been tiding ourselves over with her blog, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling. This isn’t Kaling’s first stab at putting her random thoughts on the internet — she used to write a blog called Things I’ve Bought That I Love, but gave it up when her day job (heh heh) became more demanding. We’re happy to see that she’s back on track now, chronicling her fave sandwiches, shorts and jewelry in signature funny girl form. [The Concerns of Mindy Kaling]
“Recently I tweeted, ‘I can’t read another article about how great it is to see the Harry Potter kids growing up.’ And everyone was like, ‘Why all the hate? Emma Watson’s a thousand times prettier than you!’ Sometimes people tweet at you and it’s, like, ‘You just wanted to tell me I was ugly. You’ve been waiting with that insult in your heart to tell me.’ … I’m 32, so someone saying I’m not pretty does not have as big an effect on me as it would if they were saying I’m not funny or not smart. I would be really upset about that. But the pretty thing doesn’t bother me that much. Yeah, when we’re on the show, I want to look skinny, have perfect makeup, get my Spanx on, get a good angle, and get good lighting. But it wouldn’t super offend me if Joan Rivers doesn’t think I look hot on the red carpet.”
— Mindy Kaling from “The Office” on getting called ugly by randoms over Twitter. What a healthy attitude to have. Love her! [BUST Magazine] Keep reading »
A genius promotional photo for NBC’s “The Office” features Pam, Jim, and the gang channeling Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Do they really all want to hang out on a Sunday afternoon? I’m not buying that. More important question: who will lead them in the office on Monday? I, for one, can’t wait to find out. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
If I learned anything from Bon Jovi in the ’80s it was that an object’s slipperiness had a direct correlation with that same object’s relative wetness. But more importantly, I learned that we should never say goodbye.
However, following through with such a sentiment — never say goodbye — is much more difficult than scrawling it across your bulging crotch on an 8-by-10 -inch glossy for a hysterical groupie.
The truth is, we have to say goodbye — especially in television — no matter how complicated, emotional or difficult that might be. Some say goodbye too soon, some hang on far too long, and some depart at just the right time. It’s our job to make peace with those goodbyes. Read more… Keep reading »