<p>Have you seen this show <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/">The Office?</a> I know it’s been around a while. I’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’s scary. BBC America reruns “The Office” two more times on Sunday evenings, and as a result I watched episode four, three times on Sunday – without regret. All day yesterday I had Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” going through my head, with that image of Brent trotting out of the room at the end of his “motivational” 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’ve also grown fond of the show’s opening & credit theme song. Turns out “Handbags and Gladrags” was written by <a href="http://home.planet.nl/%7Ehamerpag/dabo/">Mike d’Abo</a>, former lead singer of Manfred Mann. I’m not making this shit up. True to form, Google led me to <a href="http://home.planet.nl/%7Ehamerpag/dabo/">Mike’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’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’s home page.</a></p>
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