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The Office

<p>Have you seen this show <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/">The Office?</a>  I know it&#8217;s been around a while.  I&#8217;ve been watching it a while; we get it on <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/genre/comedy_games/the_office/the_office.jsp">BBC America</a>.  During the first season the laughs came in fits and starts; it was like they were still working out the bugs.  But man, the other night, I watched episode four of the second season, and I was literally crying.  David Brent is such a good asshole it&#8217;s scary.  BBC America reruns &#8220;The Office&#8221; two more times on Sunday evenings, and as a result I watched episode four, three times on Sunday &#8211; without regret.  All day yesterday I had Tina Turner&#8217;s &#8220;Simply the Best&#8221; going through my head, with that image of Brent trotting out of the room at the end of his &#8220;motivational&#8221; speech, hat on backwards.  I chuckled a few times during the day, just thinking about it (and that is what good comedy is all about).</p>

<p>For some reason, I&#8217;ve also grown fond of the show&#8217;s opening &#38; credit theme song.  Turns out &#8220;Handbags and Gladrags&#8221; was written by <a href="http://home.planet.nl/%7Ehamerpag/dabo/">Mike d&#8217;Abo</a>, former lead singer of Manfred Mann.  I&#8217;m not making this shit up.  True to form, Google led me to <a href="http://home.planet.nl/%7Ehamerpag/dabo/">Mike&#8217;s website</a> as well as a <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/elliottday/theoffice/handbags_gladrags.html">place</a> where you can download an MP3 of the song for your listening pleasure.  It&#8217;s playing in my headphones right now, as I type this, on my lunch break. Pathetic, yes? Yes.</p>

<p>Anyway, the cast of this show is really starting to click.  Give the show a chance.  Get to know the characters, and then enjoy the improvisational ride they take you on.  And then check out <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/gareth/index.shtml">Gareth Keenan&#8217;s home page.</a></p>