Brian Bruce Baumgartner is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing Kevin Malone in the American adaptation of The Office.
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Hi I'm Brian Baumgartner. But most of you call me "Kevin from The Office" when you meet me on the street. I like golf. Chili. And watching and talking about football. (Please note: I do not actually PLAY football. Though I could. Easily.)
I recently teamed up with the NFL Media and Amazon's "All or Nothing: A Season with The Los Angeles Rams" where I host a special recap podcast of the show with Dave Dameshek.
Ask me anything. ANYTHING. I am particularly interested in questions that presuppose this is the year the Dodgers win the World Series and the Packers win the Super Bowl.
Also be sure to check out this parody training video I made, where I help guide referees on the new ‘do's’ and ‘don'ts’ of touchdown celebrations: https://www.facebook.com/allornothingtv/videos/vb.1038379322893238/1491373087593857/?type=2&theater
Check Out the All or Nothing Podcast: http://dameshek.libsyn.com/ddfp-581-behind-the-scenes-with-the-all-or-nothing-director
Did anyone get to try the chili before it was dropped?
No. Nobody got a delicious taste. But it was only one take (obi) Had to replace the entire carpet in the front of the office before the next day to get rid of the stains.
Hi Brian! Who is the least like their character in real life? And who was basically playing themselves? I feel like the answer to both is Creed, but am I wrong?
Least like. Me.
Most like. Probably John/ Jim.
Though for most similar and least similar I would indeed go with Creed.
Can you tell me a joke? That way I can tell people that Brian Baumgartner once told me a joke...
Also, Go Packers!
I don't type well enough for a full joke. But just tell people I told you the one about "Dirty Johnny having sex with his grandma" and laugh real loud and they will think you are cool.
Hey Brian! Huge fan of The Office, obviously. My question: what was the hardest scene to film without breaking character?
Well FOR me... my scene with Holly when she counts the coins in my hand and holds up the button and tells me "This is a button." Something about the look on her face and voice. There is still a smile on my face in the take they used.
For Everyone else- the one that everyone always talks about was Kevin sitting on Santa's (Michael's) lap.
Hi Brian! How surprised do most people seem like when first meeting you realizing you don't talk like Kevin?
I can always tell by the look in their eyes. They are looking at me- but really only thinking in their head "I can't believe this is the voice coming out of this guy." I have restarted meetings because it was clear to me people were NOT hearing the content of what I was saying.
Hey Mr. Baumgartner! You delivered one of my favorite moments in The Office, where Kevin has just won back the parking spaces and says "it's just nice to win one". As far as the show goes, that's one of those little moments that solidify how real the characters are. What were some of your favorite "little moments" over the course of the show?
Thanks. I liked that one too. OR the moment Kevin finds a girl he likes and might like him back (Lynn.)
One I just watched. When Michael drives across the country to move Holly to her new home, thinking they will commute every weekend to stay together. And then- after the full day. He leaves. Hugs her and leaves. The little things that show so much.
Brian! How do you play Dallas?
Hi Brian, thanks for this AMA!! Kevin was my favourite character on the office!
What was your favourite Kevin moment?
Also- how many takes did it take to shoot that broccoli scene?
Favorite Kevin moment- again something to do with the storyline with Holly. And also the turtle moment is so incredibly out there I loved it.
Don;t remember how many takes for that. BUT ONE FREAKING TAKE FOR THE CHILI. AND ALSO ONE FREAKING TAKE SHATTERING THE VENDING MACHINE WITH A CHAIR DURING THE FIRE. Proud of that if you can't tell.
If you could say one thing to Donald Trump, what would it be?
Get it Fucking TOGETHER, man.
What is the difference between a pizza and a child? A pizza does not scream in the oven.
I am a bot. To summon me, include "tell me a joke" somewhere in your message.
That's not a question. The people got fooled cause of the question mark. BUT THERE"S NO QUESTION HERE!!!!! Also: joke not at all funny.
Approximately how much of the show was improv?
varied by episode. Everything was written and had to be approved (It was NBC after all.) But also every scene was then messed with/improv- ed. Hah! Improv-ed is IMPROVED. Side note. Sorry.
Depended on the episode how much improv was in.
What was it like working on The Office? What type of experience have you learned from being on the show?
1) The best ever. (Like I'm gonna say anything else.) But truly the best professional experience of my life.
2) Having a deep bench full of talented people is way better than just having a star. (See: Dodgers.) My first Dodgers reference of the freaking day!!!!
Was shooting Kevin's famous chili as fun as it looked?
yes. and no. Had a dinner later that night at a fancy restaurant and all I could smell was chili. Even after a good shower and scrub.
What was your favorite movie or TV set to be on?
The Office. Hands down.
Would you be up to a reunion if everyone else wanted one? Also please tell me what Kevin's chili recipe is I'm dying to know
Also if there is never going to be a reunion we need a Kevin spinoff show
re: chili recipe. Suck it no way.
re: reunion. I'm in if it happens.
re: spinoff. Call NBC. I am easy to negotiate with.
Who decided to make the Kevin voice evolve from what it was in the early seasons to what it ultimately became?
It was a process. As kevin had more and more to say- I discovered exactly what his voice was.
Hey 🅱️rian 🅱️aumgartner,
Have you kept any of the props from The Office at home?
Yes. A few. The "Kevin Malone" name plate is on my desk at home. And I still have the M & M jar on my desk as well.
Favorite golf course you've ever played at?
Shadow Creek in Vegas is unbelievable.
Pebble Beach- obi.
Edgewood in Tahoe has personal sentimentality.
I really want to play Augusta. Invite?
How's working with Steve Carroll? And how did it feel when he decided to leave?
First- you misspelled his name. And I'm gonna tell him.
Second- He is an amazing man. Gifted, obviously. But incredibly loving and GOOD as well. It was incredibly difficult when his time was over on The Office- but I think we all were f-grateful for the 7 years we got to all work together.
Do you still have little patience for stupidity?
obviously. Even little-er now.
Not Kevin but I think Angela, looking on her insta she is a loving caring person
She easily fools you, Little One.
What's the best game of golf you've ever played? 9 or 18 holes.
At Marshall Faulk's tournament (So no gimmies/ everything putted out.) I shot 74. (Par 71.)
Hi Brian! How was it like directing on The Office? Would you ever do any more directing in the future?
Amazing. Obviously incredible cast to work with. Especially me.
I'd love to. Haven't put the time in on that front because I've been focusing on other things- but I love it.
Any plans for your presidential run?
Could I do any fucking worse?
Does it feel weird to watch yourself on television? Or are you used to this?
I don't really like doing it at all. I am currently going back right now and re-watching The Office for the first time since the episodes aired originally. And that's been fun to re-live so many of those moments. But unless I am going back to work more/ shoot more episodes of something- I often never watch stuff I have done. I know how good it was.
Hey Brian! Thanks for doing this. Do you see a future in sports media? I've noticed your podcast and you swung by NFL Network last season to be a guest on Fantasy & Friends.
I love sports. Love. Love. Has been incredibly fun for me to be a part of ALL or NOTHING with the Rams this season and to do a podcast with the incredible Dave Dameshek. Anything having to do with sports I will almost always say yes. Cause whats better than being able to do something you love. As for future- we will see.
Hi Brian! My wife and I love your work on The Office!
My question is, did you personally improvise any of your character's lines? And if so, which line was your favorite?
WHAT DOES A BEAN MEAN?!?
Do you think Kevin liked the Phillies, Sixers, and Eagles? and if yes, you should come to Philly for a game some time!!
I'd love to. Especially if the Dodgers, Lakers, or Packers are playing there.
Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre?
Don;t even BRING that question up in here.
Hey Brian! If each of The Office accountants were forced to fight each other in a cage match, who would end up victorious?
Angela would play dirty. But I would still take her down. And Oscar?!? Come on now.
Kevin is my favourite character! How did you maintain a persona like that when you are so different in real life??
Sounds dumb- but I went to school for it. Some people learned math and science and stuff... I learned how to pretend to be someone else.
Hi Brian! Thanks for doing this AMA.
In The Office, where did your character's "cookie season" song come from?
genius writers. I couldn't possible have come up with something that strangely stupid and yet made sense character wise.
Do you ever get tired of people asking you questions about The Office? Especially if you've got something new coming up I imagine hearing about the old stuff can get tiresome, but everyone seems to have a good attitude.
What's it like working with Shek?
Also did you ever get to see world?
It is what it is. And I am a fan of The Office as well. So I get it.
Shek is incredible. Very smart. Great at what he does. But don't tell him I said that.
See the world? As in SEA WORLD?
Who's the coolest NFL player you've met?
Truly, what IS your chili recipe? I love chili.
that secret dies with me
What episode of The Office was the longest or most painstaking to shoot, and why?
I'm a diehard fan, and if you end up replying, thanks a lot!
the pool episode at (supposedly) Spader's pool. LOOOOOONG LOOOOOONG days in that pool.
Also- The Fire episode. It was Really really hot outside in LA in August. And we were in the parking lot almost all week.
Hey Brian! You were my favorite character on the office since episode 2! Any ways, You're a Dodger fan right? You excited for Darvish's start on Friday?
Thank you very much.
How did you get to be such a big Green Bay Packers fan?
Best organization in all of sports. Owned by the fans. Iconic stadium. Historic team....
Wait what was your question?
Hi Brian, just wanted to let you know that I watched the office at least six times all the way through and it gets funnier every single time. I was wondering if any of the scenes were just you guys riffing with one another trying to make each other laugh as opposed to pre written lines? I Also wanted to add that I'm very proud of you for keeping Oscars secret for so long, I couldn't have done it.
Kinda answered above. re: Improv. But thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately I could;t keep a secret like that in real life.
What is your favorite thing about yourself? And what do you miss most about being on The Office? Also, you rock and thanks for doi ng the AMA!
My sports skillz. Beating Hall of Fame athletes in Golf.
The people. And being apart of one of the all time greats.
Well, well, well, well, well, well.
Congrats on being the Jamal Crawford of The Office cast.
Which one of your fellow actors do you feel should have had more lines?
(Bonus: if you had to recast Kevin?)
Wow. Love the reference.
Fun tidbit. I was given a gift from the casting director at the end of the show- it was the original piece of paper from the casting session which had the 3 names the producers were considering for Kevin. Eric Stonestreet. Jorge Garcia and me. Either of those guys would have been great.
How did the Kevin voice evolve?
Was there anyone on the cast of The Office that wasn't the nicest off-screen?
Holy Fuck what an absolute shitty question!
No everyone was nice.
How do you feel about being known as "Kevin from The Office"? Do you wish you weren't only known as that, or do you feel like John Krasinski does and like being known as "Kevin from the Office?"
I don't mind. At all. But if you ever see me in a crowded place- I would prefer you not YELL "Kevin! From the OFFICE". I am wearing a hat and sunglasses for a reason.
I don;t mind it - but I also am not one who loves or needs attention constantly.
Hey Brian - huge fan man. Does the Office crew ever meet up still? Do you keep in touch with anyone in particular? What's your favorite vacation destination?
We still do meet up. Not as much as a group anymore but occasionally there will be an important event that a bunch of us attend.
Dodger Stadium or Lambeau Field. Or Tuscany.
If you could play for the NFL, which position would you play and what would be your ideal team?
TE for the Green Bay Packers.
Scale of zero to melting faces, how good of a musician would you say you are?
Not much of one. Craig Robinson and Ed Helms are true musicians. I am a pretender.
Hi Brian! If you were stranded on a desert island, What 3 books & 5 movies would you choose?
Dammit thats hard and trying to answer a lot of questions!!!!
Changing the rules-
The Office Complete Collection
Fargo/ Shawshank Redemption/ Wonderful Life/ Goodfellas
Hi Brian. When you came to Tahoe for the celebrity golf tournament you went to a burger place Called Lucky Beaver. I was the cook who made your burger, and when i recognized you i started freaking out a little bit because im huge fan. I wanted to ask if i could get a picture but didnt want to disturb your night. Does it get annoying when people recognize you and ask for pictures? Also did you enjoy the food?
I FREAKING LOVE THE LUCKY BEAVER!!!!!
I'll be in next year. At least once. If you are there- come say hi!
2 questions for you:
Did u freak out at all IN my burger? Cause that would be weird.
And 2) You could have bought my food for me, no?
Can you make me some of your chili? :)
Who is your favorite up and coming young golfer out there and what is your opinion on Brett Favre?
Bryson DeChambeau (SMU GUY!)
I'm a Rodgers guy.
Raiders vs Packers super bowl this year?
Packers/ Pats finally.
Who wins in skins: you or Aaron Rodgers?
Are you really good at poker?
So, in all honesty, how many seasons do you think Rodgers has left assuming that he keeps up his play style and number of reps?
Were you happy with the ending of The Office? Would you have changed anything?
Nothing at all.
Hey Brian, huge fan. Other than football and golf is there any other sports that you're interested in? For all us Canadian fans please say you're a hockey fan lol
Love hockey as well.
Hello Mr. Baumgartner! Can you tell me now how paper is made?
trees I think?
I don't know what a Dodger or a Packer is, but I was wondering if you could give me any tips on tidying up my collection of decorative bathroom soaps. I was thinking I should invest in a lazy susan, but that just seems weird sitting on the back of a toilet, doesn't it?
Great questions. I think that anything that moves in a circle in the bathroom is generally a bad idea.
Hello Mr. Baumgartner! As an actor in college, I was wondering who you looked up to the most as an actor and what advice you may have for a young actor? Thanks!
Yes I will absolutely be your mentor.
Advice- joking aside- is watch/ read/ know as much as you can. Watch TV. Watch movies. Know genres and how shows are being produced. Quick example: imagine going in to read for the Office and all you knew was Big Bang Theory. Knowledge in this business is power.