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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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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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