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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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