Scranton Throws 'Office' Party

Mockumentary setting town delights in visits from cast, fans
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 6:03 AM CDT
NBC's "The Office" cast member Craig Robinson who plays Darryl Philbin signs autographs at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa., Friday, Oct. 26, 2007. "The Office Convention" is scheduled to...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "It's as if we had been reading the Oz books and then actually visited the Emerald City," the executive producer of "The Office"  quipped about visiting Scranton, Pa., the fictional setting for the hit show, for an "Office" party this weekend. Thousands of fans turned out for improv performances by some of the cast, lookalike contests, and a two-hour Q&A session with cast members.

"It sorta feels like we're the Beatles here in Scranton," said Ed Helms, who plays Andy on the show, told USA Today. Several actors joined the Scrantones, the band that performs The Office theme and appears on the show as Scrantonicity. Business around town was brisk, despite plenty of rain, as fans sought out restaurants and bars mentioned in the series.