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'The Office': When Dwight and Jim Couldn't Stop Laughing

Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, the talented actors behind the iconic characters of Dwight and Jim on The Office, had their fair share of funny moments on set. One particular scene from the show had...

Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Steve Carell on 'The Office'

Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, the talented actors behind the iconic characters of Dwight and Jim on The Office, had their fair share of funny moments on set. One particular scene from the show had them in stitches, leading to a temporary shutdown of production. Let's dive into this hilarious moment and explore why it became a fan favorite.

'The Office' Characters Plan a Birthday Party

In Season 5 Episode 15/16 titled "Lecture Circuit," Michael, along with Pam, visits different branches of Dunder Mifflin to share Scranton's success story. In their absence, Dwight and Jim take charge of the Party Planning Committee, as Angela and Phyllis were removed for being too powerful.

When Dwight and Jim forget Kelly's birthday, they decide to throw her a party. However, their decorating and party planning skills leave much to be desired. Dwight chooses drab gray and brown balloons that, according to him, "match the carpet." They hang a banner that simply states, "It Is Your Birthday," with no excitement. Dwight insists it's more professional that way, arguing, "It's a statement of fact," and reminding everyone that it's not like Kelly discovered a cure for cancer.

Jim humorously suggests a variety of absurd party themes, including beer, fights to the death, cupcakes, blood pudding, touch football, mating, charades, and even horse hunting. The comedic banter between Dwight and Jim is a highlight of the scene, showcasing their chemistry and comedic timing.

To top it off, they present Kelly with a cake that has a single piece of Chiclet gum on it, claiming that it represents a pillow or a television. The fun part, they claim, is that she gets to decide between an hour of television or an hour of napping. This quirky gift adds to the overall hilarity of the moment.

This Scene Had Them Cracking Up

In his book "The Bassoon King: Art, Idiocy, and Other Sordid Tales from the Band Room" published in 2016, Rainn Wilson reminisces about his time on The Office. He reveals that he and John Krasinski often struggled to maintain composure during scenes.

When asked how they managed to say their lines with a straight face, Wilson admits that they frequently broke character and laughed. He emphasizes that if you want proof, just watch the bloopers. He further reveals that they sometimes had to pause filming to allow the laughter to subside before continuing.

The biggest instigator of laughter on set, according to Wilson, was Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin Malone. Even the slightest mishap or the utterance of a funny word would set him off. However, there was one particular episode, "Lecture Circuit," where the uncontrollable laughter reached its peak.

During the Party Planning Committee scene, Jim and Dwight struggled to contain their laughter. They found the tiny brown and gray balloons and the banner that read "It Is Your Birthday" so hilarious that they laughed until they cried. Production had to be temporarily halted for a twenty-minute break while they regained their composure to film the scene.

Fans Spotted a Continuity Error in the Scene

During a Reddit AMA in 2015, Rainn Wilson was asked about the funniest scene to film for The Office. He specifically mentioned the party decorating scene for Kelly's birthday. Hanging the brown and gray balloons was a source of endless amusement that required multiple takes.

One observant Redditor pointed out a continuity error in the scene. They noticed that Jim initially picked up a brown balloon but later threw a gray balloon from the same hand. This small detail supports the notion that multiple takes were necessary due to the constant laughter and inability to deliver the lines without breaking character.

'The Office' continues to be cherished by fans for its hilarious moments and exceptional comedic performances. The scene where Dwight and Jim struggle to plan a birthday party perfectly encapsulates the show's comedic brilliance and the infectious laughter it brings to both the actors and the audience.