‘Haters Back Off’ offers the funny origin story of Miranda Sings

Wonderful review of Angela in “Haters Back Off” by the Los Angeles Times:

But it’s Kinsey, her hair dyed brown to match Ballinger’s, who owns the show. Wearing a wrist brace for her “undiagnosed fibromyalgia,” preparing for a casual meeting with a man she likes with “conversation cards” (“Hi, Keith,” “Acts surprised”), walking into church holding Emily by the pinky, her Bethany is full of sadness and hope and ragged dignity. She takes the series from a twisted lark to something deeper and grander, where even people who don’t know their YouTube from their Vimeo may find something valuable.

You can read the full review here, and be sure to watch “Haters Back Off” on Netflix if you haven’t yet!

The Catnip Times interviews Angela

From TheCatnipTimes.com:

Being a Tidy Insider has its perks. The awesome people at Tidy Cats invited me to go behind the scenes to watch the production of the new Tidy Cats Stank Face Public Service Announcement (PSA) starring Angela Kinsey (below). If you’ve seen the hit TV-series, “The Office,” you’ll recognize her as the actress that played crazy office cat lady, Angela Martin.

Angela is extremely witty, fun, approachable and an overall spunky lady that has been a long-time cat lover… and sadly, her beloved cat Otter, passed away only two weeks after our interview in June. RIP Otter! (photo below)

I hope you all enjoy the interview!

You can read Angela’s interview with The Catnip Times here.

And, you can find out more about TidyCat and #StopStankFace here.

Angela joins cast of Miranda Sings’ “Haters Back Off”

From Deadline:

Miranda Sings Netflix Series ‘Haters Back Off’ Casts Angela Kinsey & Steve Little

Meet Miranda Sing’s mother and uncle. The Office alumna Angela Kinsey and Steve Little (The Grinder) are set to co-star opposite Colleen Ballinger-Evans in the YouTube personality’s eight-episode Netflix half-hour comedy series Haters Back Off, from The Firm. Based on actress-comedian-singer Ballinger-Evans’s most popular characters, Miranda Sings, Haters Back Off delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings (Ballinger-Evans), an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it’s just no one knows it yet. Kinsey will play Miranda’s mother, Bethany; Little will play Miranda’s uncle, Jim. Both characters had been referenced by Miranda on YouTube for years but never seen. The way Bethany dotes on her daughter helps explain Miranda’s peculiar behavior; while Miranda has suggested that she and her uncle have a unique relationship…

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Angela to write and possibly star in call center comedy for TBS

From Deadline.com:

The Office alumna Angela Kinsey has sold semi-autobiographical comedy 1-800 to TBS, I have learned. Kinsey will write 1-800, loosely based on her experiences working at a call center when she was starting out, with an eye toward co-starring as well. The workplace comedy reunites Kinsey with TBS, where she recently recurred on the comedy series Your Family Or Mine. Kinsey also starred on the Hulu original series The Hotwives Of Las Vegas and recurred on Fox’s New Girl. She is repped by UTA, Link and attorney Fred Toczek. – Source

Angela To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’

From Deadline.com:

‘The Office’ alumna Angela Kinsey is set as a lead in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’. The casting stems from Kinsey’s collaboration with ABC earlier this development season on a buddy comedy project, which she co-wrote and was attached to star in. ‘The 46 Percenters’ is described as an unromantic romantic comedy about the 46% of the population who choose to stay married as told through the POV of three couples. Kinsey will play half of one of the couples, Marni, a wife and mother. Kinsey, repped by UTA, Link and Felker Toczek, will recur on TBS’ new comedy series ‘Your Family Or Mine’.

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Angela to topline and co-create ABC buddy comedy produced by Darlene Hunt and Will Gluck

From Deadline.com:

Female buddy comedies have been hot on the big screen with such recent hits as The Heat and The Other Woman. ABC and Sony Pictures TV are looking to extend the streak to television with a single-camera comedy starring The Office alumna Angela Kinsey and executive produced by Will Gluck.

Co-created by Kinsey, who will co-write the story, and Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope (Cougar Town), the untitled comedy (aka I Love Your Ex) centers on a woman and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend who end up becoming BFFs — much to the annoyance of the guy stuck in the middle. The Big C creator/exec proucer Darlene Hunt will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Gluck, Kinsey, Specter and Wauchope. Sony TV, where Hunt and Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment are based, is producing the comedy, which has script commitment plus penalty.

Gluck is repped by UTA and Robert Offer; Hunt by UTA and Joel McKuin; Kinsey by UTA, LINK Entertainment and Fred Toczek; Specter and Wauchope by UTA and Luber/Roklin.

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Angela Kinsey gets reality TV education on Hulu series ‘Hotwives of Orlando’

From The Fresno Bee:

In a TV era where there are reality shows featuring housewives from New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and assorted other spots on the map, it would almost take a conscious effort not to have stumbled across one of the many reality show franchises.

It wasn’t intentional, but Angela Kinsey — you know her best as Angela Martin from “The Office” — had never seen a single “Housewives” spat, battle, back stab or cat fight. That wasn’t so bad until Kinsey found herself cast in the new Hulu comedy “The Hotwives of Orlando.” The seven episodes in the first season of the reality show spoof will be available on Hulu on Tuesday.

Kinsey joins Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), Tymberlee Hill (“Drunk History”), Danielle Schneider (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), Andrea Savage (“Step Brothers”) and Paul Scheer (“The League”) in a parody of the real housewives genre.

Kinsey plays Crystal Simmons, a deeply religious wife to an extremely controlling husband (Seth Morris). She’s done everything in the name of God, including getting breast implants. It’s her “holier-than-thou” attitude that causes problems for the group.

“When I got cast I told the producers that I had never seen any of the shows this series is based on,” Kinsey says. “I’m a single mom so there’s not a lot of free time. That’s why I have to be choosey about the TV that I watch. They sent me a few links to watch some of the shows and it made me so uncomfortable.”

Seeing the shows cleared up one misconception Kinsey got from reading the “Housewives” scripts. Her initial reaction was that the “Hotwives” scripts were too far fetched. After watching a few “Housewives” episodes, Kinsey realized that what happens in the reality shows is so wild that it’s easy to lampoon.

Working on the series gave Kinsey a chance to have fun playing a horrible character. It was also fun because it’s rare when a comedy isn’t dominated by a male cast. Kinsey also likes that the “Hotwives” cast is filled with performers who have long histories doing improvisational comedy. She praised the scripts by series creators Dannah Feinglass Phirman and Schneider, but she likes that the cast members have freedom to expand on their characters.

“We would shoot the script but then we could play around and we all came to play. Those moments meshed with the script so great,” Kinsey says.

It’s a little bit of a marvel that there was time to improvise since the episodes were filmed in a week. Kinsey says some of the days were grueling as cameras rolled until 3 a.m., but it reminded her of the early days of her career where everyone had to be a team player to get low-budget projects done.

The fact the entire cast shared one RV as a dressing room helped them bond quickly. That’s a long way from working on network and cable programs such as “New Girl,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Wilfred,” or films such as “License to Wed.”

“Hotwives of Orlando” is very different from Kinsey’s past work because it will be broadcast on Hulu, with all of the episodes available immediately instead of fed to the audience a week at a time. Kinsey sees the benefits of both delivery methods.

“I have met two kinds of people. There are those who like appointment TV. They know they need to be at home on Sunday to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’ But, the way people watch TV is changing,” Kinsey says. “There is such an immediate access through other mediums like computers.

“The other night I watched three episodes of ‘The Good Wife.’ As a working mom, I can go a month and then have a night of down time. Having all the shows available suits the way we live. TV is evolving.”

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Hulu’s ‘Hotwives of Orlando’ cast revels in skewering reality TV cliches

From Variety.com:

Hulu’s upcoming “Hotwives of Orlando” adds a new flair to the parody genre, taking the opportunity to add real characters to the “Real Housewives” spoof. While it’s clear that the show is drawn from the successful franchise of reality programs, the streaming comedy adds a hint of traditional comedic storytelling to the mix.

“You follow their relationships, their wants, their needs, even if they seem a little bit ridiculous,” said Danielle Schneider, one of the show’s creators, Saturday during a panel at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

Created by Schneider and Dannah Feinglass Phirman, “Hotwives” stars comedy vets Tymberlee Hill, Angela Kinsey, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer and Casey Wilson.  The largely femme cast agreed that working on the comedy was a new experience.  “The fact that it was all women and all hilarious – we had the best time,” Schneider said.

“Gals want to do crazy stuff too,” added Kinsey, speaking on the differences between “Hotwives” and normally male-dominated writers rooms.  The environment allowed the women to grab hold of the story, and improvise and play with their characters. Though all seven episodes of the show were shot in seven days, extra takes were often used to allow the cast to improvise and try their own hand at the story.

Hulu also granted near-complete freedom to the show’s creators, which helped in creating the unique “Hotwives” experience.  The cast repeatedly remarked that the streaming service was the most passionate about the show and allowing it to develop freely. “They let the creators do the show that they wanted to do with literally zero interference; that’s something that I’ve never experienced anywhere else,” said Scheer.

Ultimately, the show is a parody of the reality programs, however, the cast assures that knowledge of the “Real Housewives” universe is not necessary to enjoy the new show.  “Reality is so ubiquitous…people are familiar with the shows even if they don’t watch,” said Scheer. Kinsey herself had never seen the reality show before working on “Hotwives,” but said it was clear what kind of show Schneider and Phirman were going for.

As far as their own reality guilty pleasures go, the cast is not ashamed to admit that they’ve taken in the fare.  An unabashed “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” viewer, Wilson admits that she’s “watched them take every city you can imagine.”

There is no straight-man – or woman – on the show. Instead, the story shifts to allow each member of the cast to shine and be funny.  “It was a great creative collaboration,” Kinsey said. “Every day someone cracked me up and we were laughing, it was a lot of fun and I think you experience that when you watch it.”

The Hotwives of Orlando” premieres on Hulu July 15.

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Angela talks ‘Office’ memories and new ‘Housewives’-spoofing show

From Entertainment Weekly:

For nine years, Angela Kinsey played television’s favorite high-strung, cat-loving accountant, Angela Martin, on The Office. And though she, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner), and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) may have butted heads on the show, in real life, she and the men of Dunder Mifflin’s accounting department share a real bond.

“The accounting corner was a little world within a world,” Kinsey tells EW. “I remember Steve Carell would walk over and be like, ‘What’s happening over here, guys? What were your weekends like?’ because we were just this isolated corner. We became very close. I love those fellas.”

Want in on that isolated corner? You’re in luck: Lunch with the Dunder Mifflin accounting team is one of the items up in this CharityBuzz auction supporting The Neighborhood School in Hollywood, which Kinsey’s daughter attends. Kinsey spoke with EW about how the accounting team passed the time while taping (lots of note passing!), her favorite Office episodes, and her new, boob-tastic Housewives spoof The Hotwives of Orlando.

Read the full interview here!

Cat Woman Wednesday: Angela Kinsey

From IHaveCat.com:

I’m excited to announce that today’s Cat Woman Wednesday is Angela KinseyAngela is best known for playing the role of the truly crazy cat lady Angela Martin-Schrute on “The Office.” It turns out that the “real” Angela is an animal lover too and has a cat and two dogs (the second being a very recent addition). I hope you enjoy my interview with Angela, I think you’ll see her quirky, fun-loving personality really come through!”

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Angela on The Friskies and Grumpy Cat

From SheKnows Entertainment:

OUR FAVORITE CAT LADY TALKS, WELL, CATS

The Office‘s Angela Kinsey is taking part in The Friskies — the major award for the best cat videos of the year — handing out the Lifetime Achievement Award to none other than Grumpy Cat. Find out what she had to say not only about the event and her love for cats, but having to lick one at one time, too.

SheKnows: You’ve been pretty busy lately, with TV appearances, films and The Friskies. Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming film All Stars?

Angela Kinsey: I worked with an amazing group of actors, including John Goodman and Mary Lynn Rajskub. It’s about a girls’ Little League softball. The girls are all normal, and the parents are all insane. It was really fun; we had a great time.

SK: What about The Friskies are you most excited about?

AK: We found out Michael Ian Black would be hosting it, and I was laughing so hard because I love him, and I clearly love cats. I spent nine years playing the cat lady. And I was like, oh my god, you and cat videos? I’m in. It’s been so much fun; he’s been cracking me up all morning.

And, this event is close to my heart. Friskies donates tons of food and assistance to about 20 rescue organizations for cats. My cat is a rescue, and so is my dog. So it’s a win-win to do something fun like this and also know that you’re helping out with animals, too.

It’s nice, too, because they’re streaming The Friskies live tonight, and the fans can vote all day today for their favorite.

SK: So is Michael a cat guy? How did that come about?

AK: Michael has a cat named Alfalfa that I take photos of. Plus, he’s just great at hosting.

SK: What was your favorite cat video this year?

AK: That’s really hard! I’m psyched tonight because I’m giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Grumpy Cat. Every time they show a shot of Grumpy Cat, I can’t take it! I just can’t wait to meet this cat. My favorite ones are anything to do with a cat and a printer; I can watch that over and over.

SK: What’s the craziest cat-lady thing you’ve ever done?

AK: Well, that happened during the filming of The Office. They told me I didn’t have to lick the cat’s face, and then when we were filming, they were like, “We’re going to be really close on you.” And I knew it! It was three takes in a row of full-on licking this cat’s face. That’s how much I love my craft. That almost tops anything I’ve ever had to do with a cat.

SK: How many cats did you work with or go through while filming The Office?

AK: There was a time when I went back home between takes and there were about 15 cats at any given time.

SK: Why are cats better than dogs?

AK: Cats are more interesting, let’s face it. Dogs are loveable and a bit boring. But I love them both.

SK: What’s been the highlight of post-Office life?

AK: Being a mom.

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Angela to appear in ‘New Girl’

‘New Girl’ exclusive: Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri to Mess with Jess and Schmidt

Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri will be stirring up trouble on New Girl this year!

The Office alum and the Californication actress will both pop up in the second episode of Season 3 to spar with Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield), TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Kinsey will play Rose, a snobbish “cool” teacher whom Jess meets at the school where she landed the substitute teacher gig last season. Rose is turned off by Jess’ diligence and goody-two-shoes approach to her job.

“She’s struggling with the politics,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says of Jess’ new job. “At the school, there’s some mean girl teachers that don’t like her there, and she’s trying to find her place at the new school and see if she can turn it into a permanent position.”

Meanwhile, Amurri will reprise her role as Schmidt’s competitive co-worker Beth, who will cause trouble in his love life. Don’t worry, they’re not turning this into a love quadrangle. The third season will pick up moments after Schmidt ran away from both Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth (Merritt Wever), who will be back for an arc this season. But don’t assume that just because Elizabeth is only sticking around for a few episodes, Schmidt ultimately picks Cece.

“It’s a little more complicated than that,” Meriwether says. “It’s a choice that he’s still struggling with in the premiere. He genuinely cares about both women and he’s just so confused about what to do. He’s forced to take desperate measures to figure it out. He potentially does some things that are not good.” We hear those things may include juggling both women, which Beth schemes to expose when she pops back up.

New Girl returns Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c on Fox.

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Baylor alum concludes nine seasons on ‘The Office’ with series finale tonight

Love this post by Baylor University:

Eight years ago this spring — while this fall’s incoming college freshmen were finishing up fourth grade — NBC debuted a new sitcom based on a British hit. Tonight, The Office signs off with its series finale, finishing its run as one of the signature comedies of the last decade.

With it, we say goodbye to Angela Martin, portrayed for all nine seasons of The Office by 1993 Baylor graduate Angela Kinsey. Her character’s relationship with Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute was a central storyline for much of the show’s run, and tonight’s finale reportedly covers their long-awaited wedding. But don’t get the impression that Angela Martin and Angela Kinsey are the same person.

“She’s nothing like that,” says Baylor professor Robert Darden, BSED ’76, who taught Kinsey as a student. “Angela was a perky, outgoing, spontaneous person, not a grim control freak. Her nickname was ‘Junior Mint,’ and her screenplay characters were always funny and irrepressible.”

Back in 2007, Kinsey was the subject of a Baylor Magazine cover story in which she told the writer she still gets “real excited” to meet Baylor folks. As a student at Baylor, Kinsey was a member of Chi Omega, took theater classes and performed in All-University Sing. Her memories of Baylor include “the millions of squirrels” and Carroll Science Hall, her home as an English major. “I love the beautiful wooden staircase in it. And the professors’ offices are like little rooms tucked away in a big mansion.”

What’s next for Kinsey? She’s shot a couple of pilots for new shows, including one called The Gabriels with Saturday Night Live veterans Rob Riggle and Tim Meadows, but for now, it’s wait and see.

Sic ’em, Angela!

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