The new TV show "The Samaritans"
is a mockumentary inspired by The Office about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing.”
Over at Warscape, some wry advice
for a "development officer of a not-for-profit yearning for a celebrity of your very own" after Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern flubbed her "African adventure,"
mixing up Dakar with Darfur. “We have to break in our new celebrities slowly,” confides Sarah Wilson, a World Vision representative who is chaperoning McGovern on the trip. “There will be lots of breaks so she doesn’t get overloaded.”
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posted by spamandkimchi
on Feb 10, 2014 -
Between the resounding reception of Knocked Up
and the anticipation of Superbad
(NSFW), this is looking to be the summer of Judd Apatow. So in celebration, I present to you Ms. Allison Jones
, the casting genius behind not just those two movies, but Arrested Development
, Freaks and Geeks
, and The Office
as well. (Also, Family Ties, the Golden Girls...) We thank you, Allison, for Pam-and-Jim
(Spoiler alert), for George-Michael Bluth
, and for Bill Haverchuck
. Oh yeah, and she cast Borat
posted by Navelgazer
on Jun 10, 2007 -
Fans of the BBC version of The Office take note: in 2006, Microsoft hired Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant to make a pair of faux training videos for the UK Microsoft headquarters, with Gervais reprising his David Brent role. Both videos
are now up on
iFilm, and are pretty damn funny (if you're amused by the Brent schtick, which I am).
posted by lilbrudder
on Aug 12, 2006 -
Will this comedy ever cross the atlantic?
The Office, now half way through its second series, must be the sharpest, funniest and most tragic t.v. comedy the BBC have made in a long time. A spoof documentary set in the office of a paper wholesaler whose manager, David Brent, is obsessed with his motivational bon homie and oblivious to the fact the rest of the world thinks he is a bumptious idiot.
The clips give some idea of the style but maybe the humour is too British to travel far.
posted by rolo
on Oct 20, 2002 -