Brian Baumgartner is widely regarded for playing Kevin Malone on The Office. Now, he’s a podcast host and chili aficionado. Fans of Baumgartner’s Office Deep Dive podcast may have noticed the show’s unique theme song. But there’s more to the opening music of The Office Deep Dive than you might think. Baumgartner revealed what the theme song means during a phone call with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner is back with another podcast, ‘The Office Deep Dive’
In the summer of 2020, Baumgartner brought Office fans An Oral History of The Office. The podcast pulled back the curtain on the forces that created one of television’s most popular comedies. The podcast featured interviews with the cast and crew of The Office, who shared never-before-heard stories.
The Office Deep Dive is Baumgartner’s latest podcast venture. Now, Baumgartner is giving fans one-on-one interviews with some of the key members of The Office cast and crew. Their conversations will reveal the show’s inner workings and even more behind-the-scenes moments.
The cast of ‘The Office’ is still a family
Before The Office became a success, it was a show not many people cared about. As Baumgartner and his cohorts pointed out in An Oral History of The Office, the first few seasons didn’t get great ratings. Even when a generation of teens became obsessed with the show in 2005, the ratings didn’t bump up. Regardless of what critics thought the show, the family forming amongst the cast meant more.
That’s the whole reason Baumgartner wanted to do a podcast — to reconnect with his family. “[It was difficult] at the beginning…we were almost canceled,” Baumgartner explained to Deadline. “People forget that The 40-Year-Old Virgin didn’t come out until season 2; there was nobody on that show that was a star.”
Because they were “growing up together,” there were no egos. That connection is why Baumgartner had to be the one conducting interviews on the podcast.”I knew that the shared history that we had together allowed people to relax and be themselves and tell stories in a way that they just couldn’t with somebody else because that person can’t spark a certain memory,” he told the outlet.
Brian Baumgartner got a lot of ‘The Office’ cast involved with podcast
So far, Baumgartner has released parts of his conversations with Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, and showrunner Greg Daniels on The Office Deep Dive. Episodes featuring Steve Carell and John Krasinski are also set to be released. Baumgartner also found a unique way to work other cast members like Creed Bratton into the show.
‘The Office Deep Dive’ theme song is a metaphor for the podcast
Diehard fans will recognize Bratton singing the theme song for The Office Deep Dive. The tune is an original written by The Office star himself called “Bubble and Squeak.” After hearing the song, Baumgartner knew it matched the vibe of the Deep Dive podcast. “I want [listeners] to think of us as though we’re sitting on the set of The Office and I put down a couple of cameras on and we’re leaning back smoking cigars and chatting,” Baumgartner explained to Showbiz. Bratton’s song had that late-night, speakeasy vibe, but the lyrics also describe the podcast in the most accurate way possible.
Bubble and squeak, I love it.
Bubble and squeak, I know.
Bubble and squeak I cook it every morning, leftover from the night before.
As Bratton explained to Baumgartner who then explained to Showbiz, “Bubble and Squeak” is an English dish made up of leftovers. “They make dinner and then [use] the leftover bits with eggs for breakfast the next morning,” Baumgartner said. The Office Deep Dive is the leftovers from his first project, An Oral History of The Office. “We have all of these amazing leftover bits and we’re going to put them in a pot and release it to people so [they] can actually hear what’s leftover,” he concluded.
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