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David Brent for Microsoft

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 20th 2006 8:33AM

ricky gervaisActors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant play their respective characters from The Office in these mock training videos for Microsoft UK. Brent offers some good advice, such as keeping all of your ideas to yourself so nobody steals them. He also chats a bit about Bill Gates, insisting that no one watching the video has ever met him, and that it would be easier to speak to Osama Bin Laden. There's also a hilarious run where he talks about women in the workplace, and his feelings on conception and pregnancy. I could go on listing all the funny bits, but I'd run out of room, so just go check it out. There's two videos, each roughly twenty minutes, but trust me, they're worth watching.

[via The Cartoonist]

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The Office (BBC): Episode 4

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 20th 2006 10:45PM
The Office
(S01E04) Not counting the Christmas specials, this episode is my hands-down favorite. There are so many glorious (and musical) moments that perfectly capture the spirit of The Office, I find hard to believe it's all contained in less than half an hour. This is why I always choose to show Episode 4 when I am attempting to drag another ignorant innocent into a state rabid fandom. It'd be wrong for me to paraphrase the really good moments because every single word is important for the joke. So, I'm going to be doing a lot of quoting. Consider this fair warning.

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The Office (BBC): Episode 2

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 6th 2006 11:38PM
The Office
Do not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of your favorite shows, in order, every week.

(S01E02)
In the very beginning of this episode, we saw David Brent showing a hot, new, female employee (whom we'd later know as Donna) around his office. To work his humor, he pretended to throw his office answering machine out the window, jokingly frustrated with all the messages. As he started to set it back down, the machine slipped out of his hand and fell on the floor, clattering next to the trash can. The sheer seamlessness of this brief moment (and Brent's frantic mumbling) still throws me into hysterics. I love it when a moment looks so organic that I can't tell if it was improvised, accidental, or geniusly scripted.

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