Paul F Tompkins

  1. Steve Carell,  The Office, TV,  2005-2013.       In the hunt for a US version of Ricky Gervais for the US take on his classic BBC mockumentary series, NBC looked at Tompkins – a stand-up turned actor  in HBO’s Tenacious D shows,  co-created by another Gervais wannabe,  Bob Odenkirk.  Also in the Michael Scott frame were: Hank Azaria, Bill Chott, Ben Falcone, Paul Giamatti, Thomas Lennon, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Martin Short, Alan Tudyk, Rain Wilson (who became Dwight) and Jim Zulevic.  Carell, a Jon Stewart protégé on The Daily Show, survived as Michael Scott for 138 of the 187 episodes.

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