The Of­fice

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Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 22:00 Com­edy

Steve Carell isn’t just a funny guy on TV – he’s “the” funny guy and it’s all thanks to a lit­tle com­edy show called The Of­fice (2005-2013). He plays Michael Scott, the chau­vin­is­tic and tact­less man­ager of the Dun­der Mif­flin Pa­per Com­pany’s Scran­ton branch and the 54-year-old isn’t jok­ing when he says, “I want peo­ple to be afraid of how much they ac­tu­ally love Michael. He’s the worst but he’s also the best.”

1 Steve’s a de­vout Ro­man Catholic

but hates talk­ing about re­li­gion. “It’s like pol­i­tics – it’s not my area of ex­per­tise so I rather shut up,” he says.

2 Carell isn’t his real sur­name but

it’s also not a stage name. Steve’s elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer dad was born Ed­win Caroselli but didn’t like it, so he changed it to Carell.

3 He ad­mits that while he’s al­ways

wanted to be in en­ter­tain­ment, he’s had to take odd jobs to get by. Like be­ing a post­man, “But that didn’t last long. I was re­ally bad at it.”

4 What Steve has al­ways been good

is im­prov – he’s been in com­edy sketch troupes since high school at Mid­dle­sex School in Mas­sachusetts and got his break on The Dana Car­vey Show (1996) along­side Dana (Garth in com­edy movie Wayne’s World, 1992).

5 Be­sides mak­ing peo­ple laugh,

Steve is also pretty handy on the ice hockey rink (he plays in celebrity char­ity events). But when he needs a break, he goes home and works in his gro­cery store, adding that “there’s some­thing hum­bling pack­ing shelves”.

6 His wife Nancy (50) keeps him in

check when he’s not home with daugh­ter Elis­a­beth (16) and son John (13). She cameos in his shows, like play­ing es­tate agent Carol in The Of­fice.

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