It’s Halloween, and everyone at The Office is in an uproar. In preparation for NBC’s Halloween episode of The Office, Poptimal.com had the opportunity to interview Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper from the hit comedy show. And if you think the crazy antics of the Scranton Branch of Dunder Mifflin make for really great tv, just imagine working there. In my session with Angela and Ellie, more commonly known to Office fans as Angela Martin and Erin Hannon, the actors talk about the upcoming Halloween episode, Ryan as the great filmmaker, and how it feels to get paid to let loose.
Everyone who’s seen The Office is aware of the show’s concept of a wacky look at a corporate workplace. But this Thursday, things get even more insane with an episode that focuses on the spirited tradition of Halloween. The employees of Dunder Mifflin face off in a costume contest for the coveted prize of… a coupon book. (What else would you expect from Michael and crew?) So, just to what extent will your favorite characters go to receive the holy grail of retail? Here’s what you need to know about “Costume Contest.”
It’s Insanely Fun
In our interview Angela Kinsey calls the episode ‘scary fun.’ Imagine your favorite Office episode played out with your favorite characters in outlandish costumes (and no, the Willy Wonka episode doesn’t count.) Ellie gives a special shout-out to the wardrobe staff who really went all out to create such horrifying and elaborate costumes. This trip around our favorite office workers goes all out, bringing the best and worst of their characters forward. As Angela describes, it’s amazing to see these characters want something and go after it. So be prepared for some wild antics and sabotage coming up (and keep a special eye out for Kelly.)
The Ryan Project
To gear up for “Costume Contest” NBC has released for Office fans the webisode, “The 3rd Floor.” From the disturbed mind of your favorite former intern-who-made-it-big-then-was-subsequently-fired-and-rehired-as-a-lowly-temp (I have nothing against temps) Ryan Howard, this webisode features your favorite Dunder Mifflin staff in their own mini horror movie. Angela and Ellie both say it was a blast to be a part of this mini-movie, even though they describe the movie as “gruesome” and “gross,” a true Halloween tale.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Office episodes. Upcoming shows feature Ryan trying to start his own personal networking site, much to the frustration of everyone else. The Office gang attends the baptism of Jim and Pam’s daughter with varied results. (I’m betting one of them can’t cross the threshold of the church.)