The writers who labored on The Office have been lucky to work with Greg Daniels — somebody who fostered creativity and welcomed new concepts, regardless of how ridiculous they may have been.
While a number of scenes have been minimize as a result of the actors believed they crossed a line, there was one speaking head scene involving Dwight that author Mike Schur fought to have within the ultimate edit of the “Dunder Mifflin Infinity” episode of season 4.
Greg Daniels needed to be challenged by writers
“The fact that he hired people that were so animated and passionate — he wasn’t scared of somebody who would constantly challenge him,” author Jen Salata mentioned of Greg Daniels on Brian Baumgartner’s podcast, An Oral History of The Office.
“He wanted to have people who would fight him on stuff in the room,” she continued. Daniels all the time sought the greatest concepts, no matter who got here up with them.
Often, these concepts got here from the actors themselves. That’s as a result of Daniels fostered a collaborative setting on the set of The Office.
“What we do is we create a structure within the script that allows good character movement,” author Brent Forrester defined. “[After] we’ve roughly plotted what these characters should do and feel,” the actors are free to place their spin on it. In Forrester’s opinion, the forged have been “way more knowledgable than [the writers] about [the characters].”
Sometimes, jokes have been minimize as a result of they have been too offensive
Part of the actors’ job was stating when the writers took jokes a bit too far.
For instance, Angela Kinsey recalled a line from the “Gay Witch Hunt” episode that she felt went previous the purpose of being humorous and into offensive territory.
“There was a pretty harsh dig from me at Oscar’s expense about his sexual orientation,” Kinsey mentioned. “Angela is a lot of things, but she does care for Oscar and she wouldn’t say that.”
Instead of Kinsey’s line being a dig at Oscar’s sexual orientation, the road was modified to have her focus on watching Will and Grace.
Showrunners allowed Dwight’s Nazi reference
Many of the jokes on The Office have been designed to fulfill a selected “cringe” standards. After all, the collection is rooted in British comedy — which is designed to make you’re feeling uncomfortable.
Regardless of the subject a joke was centered round, the writers all the time did their greatest to inform jokes in a tasteful method. The identical stage of care was utilized to a joke Schur penned for Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson).
“This was my own indulgence,” Schur admitted.
It was all the time backstoried that Dwight’s maternal ancestors have been possibly Nazis. So we had a speaking head the place Dwight says, ‘My maternal grandmother is 102 and still puttering around down in Argentina.’
And then he says, ‘I tried to visit her once, but my visa was protested by the Shoah Foundation.’
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For as onerous as Schur fought, the joke didn’t get as many laughs as he had anticipated.
“It got a moderate laugh because most people probably didn’t know what the Shoah Foundation was,” Schur recalled. “I remember fighting really hard for that in the edit. Greg wanted to cut it and I was like ‘please, please, please, please, please.’”
Daniels had created an setting the place everybody was free to pitch jokes — regardless of the way it would possibly come throughout. Of course, a few of the jokes deemed too insensitive have been minimize from the present. But when writers fought for what they believed in, Daniels was all the time prepared to listen to them out.