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PHOTOS: ‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, 11/18/21

PHOTOS: ‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, 11/18/21
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The Scranton party doesn’t stop when Brian Baumgartner is in town.

The actor who portrayed the lovable Dunder Mifflin accountant Kevin Malone on the hit NBC sitcom “The Office” visited the real Electric City on Thursday, Nov. 18 to sign copies of his new book, but this was no stiff literary event. After stops at the University of Scranton and Cooper’s Seafood House, crowds of fans followed him to the Backyard Ale House for an afterparty where he served as both guest bartender and life of the party. Books were signed, sure, though there were way more drinks poured that night.

Last year, the Georgia native and current California resident appeared at all three of these locations with a recording crew and spoke to locals about the television show’s impact on Scranton nearly seven years after the last episode aired. Clips of those conversations ended up in a Spotify original podcast called “An Oral History of The Office.”

This year, Baumgartner took a similar approach with “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office,” which was published by Custom House on Nov. 16.

“This book is full of the memories and stories of the cast and crew and how we all found our way to each other, from everyone’s point of view,” original showrunner Greg Daniels said in his foreword for the book. “It’s pretty great.”

The book’s description reads:

Join the entire Dunder Mifflin gang on a journey back to Scranton …

Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the cast and creators and illustrated with 100 behind-the-scenes photographs, here, at last, is the untold inside story of “The Office,” featuring a foreword by Greg Daniels, who adapted the series for the U.S. and was its guiding creative force, and narrated by star Brian Baumgartner (a.k.a. “Kevin Malone”) and executive producer Ben Silverman.

Reuniting after nearly a decade, the entire Dunder Mifflin gang gathers again to share their favorite inside stories, spill untold secrets, and reveal how a little show that barely survived its first season became the most watched series in the universe. “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin” pulls back the curtain as never before on all the absurdity, genius, love, passion, and dumb luck that went into creating America’s beloved “The Office.”

Featuring the memories of Steve Carell, John Krasinkski, Jenna Fischer, Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Craig Robinson, Brian Baumgartner, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Oscar Nunez, Amy Ryan, Ellie Kemper, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Ben Silverman, Mike Schur, and many more.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Brian Baumgartner’s 2020 appearances at The Bog and Backyard Ale House here.