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8 Actors You Forgot Were on The Office

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Who remembers Thomas Middleditch’s small role on The Office? Now that the beloved NBC series is off the air and available on Netflix, it’s easier than ever to binge-watch and rediscover details you might have missed or simply forgot about. Like Middleditch. Before this comedian got famous for headlining HBO’s tech-comedy Silicon Valley, he popped up alongside Jim, Pam, Dwight and the gang. And now he’s going to be on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11p. It’s the Circle of Life or something.

Middleditch isn’t alone in this regard, either. There are countless rando cameos from well-known celebs on The Office, and some were difficult to forget. But, just in case you have, here’s a rundown of some of the actors you probably don’t remember were on the show.

8. Thomas Middleditch

We all should know Mose, Dwight Schrute’s odd cousin who lives on the family beet farm and bed and breakfast, and chucks manure at Dwight when he’s afforded the opportunity. Another member of this family, though, is Dwight’s brother Jeb and that was played by Middleditch. The actor was set to star in a spinoff of the show called The Farm, following all the Schrute shenanigans, but NBC ultimately passed on the idea. Instead, Middleditch was featured on the episode called “The Farm.”


7. Amy Adams

Oscar nominee Amy Adams came on The Office in the role of “Pam 6.0.” That’s something Michael Scott liked to call her, but she really played Katy, a purse salesman Michael allows to sell her products in the office. She later starts dating Jim, though he breaks up with her on the company boat party.


6. Patrice O’Neal

The late Patrice O’Neal was part of the warehouse crew as Lonnie Collins. He didn’t have too many standout moments, but one that was brief but glorious came when Michael decided to work in the warehouse. Instead of, you know, actually getting stuff done, he became the biggest hindrance of all time, prompting Lonnie to shout, “Damn it, Michael!”


5. Timothy Olyphant

Danny Cordray is the best salesman in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area, and that rubs people the wrong way, especially Dwight and Jim. But what’s worse is how he went on two dates with Pam while Jim was working out of the Stamford branch and never called her back. He thought she was a dork. Can you believe it?!


4. Charles Esten

You might remember Esten as Josh Porter, the regional manager at the Stamford branch to which Jim transferred. That gig, and Josh for that matter, didn’t last long and were eventually shut down. But Josh was great for the time we had with him.


3. Stephen Colbert

Is there anyone better at a cappella than Andy? Well, it might be Broccoli Rob, his rival. Comedian and late-night show host extraordinaire Stephen Colbert finally revealed himself as the infamous Broccoli, after we had been hearing his name dropped all throughout the seasons. Like when Michael spread the rumor that Andy was gay, his instant thought was, “Did Broccoli Rob tell you that?”


2. Wendi McLendon-Covey

Before she was a Bridesmaid, but after she was Deputy Clementine, Wendi McLendon-Covey popped up as a concierge on The Office. Of course, Michael somehow got the idea that she was a prostitute and/or madame, which made their interaction and her nonchalance all the more enjoyable.


1. Anna Camp

Since starring on True Blood as the crazy religious zealot Sarah Newlin and as one of the Barden Bellas on Pitch Perfect, Anna Camp has been making a name for herself. We can say we knew about her when, since she appeared briefly on The Office as Pam’s sister Penny. At least she wasn’t the one who slept with Dwight.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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