Today is an exciting day. Why? Because finally finally finally The Office is here! I am a huge fan of the BBC series, but am a little nervous that the humor won’t translate. I mean the original British version is so funny, I’m just not sure we can nail it down here in the States.
Remember this scene from season one? I was in stitches:
Office manager: Hello.
Office worker 1: Hello
Office manager: Want a spot of tea to match that spot on your tie?
Office worker 1 (looks down at shirt)
Office manager: Made you look.
Office worker 1: Jolly good joke sir.
Or this classic from season two:
Office manager: Let’s go out to lunch everyone, my treat!
Office (in unison): Horrah!
Office manager: Not you though, Man With Unidentifiable Speech Impediment Wearing Baby Diapers. You have to stay here and file papers, mate.
And please, let’s not forget the hysterical exchange from the Christmas special. I still tear up thinking about it:
Office manager: Did you see the bobbie down by the pub?
Office worker 3: I didn’t, no.
Office manager: Well you weren’t looking hard enough. He was right there.
Office worker 3: I haven’t been to the pub yet sir. It’s only quarter past 11.
Office manager: It’s got to be 5 o’clock somewhere.
Office worker 3: Cheerio.
Office manager: Right.
So you see my point. This show is perfection. But of course we had to meddle with it. I just pray they don’t butcher it too badly, because comedy like this only comes along once in a blue moon. Or as they’d say in The Office, it’s like Margaret Thatcher’s jubblies.
– Jim Galasso