Now we now where Michael Scott got it from.
Fourteen years before he joined the cast of "The Office," Steve Carell appeared on screen for the first time in the 1991 comedy special "Life As We Know It." And BuzzFeed found the footage, which features talent from the Second City improv clubs at the time.
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In the video, Carell embraces full-on cheese as he plays as a gangster with a pregnant wife, an obnoxious ad-guy (reminiscent of his real 1989 Brown Chicken's ad) and a woman's ex-husband from the future.
The 40-year-old actor joined Chicago's Second City in 1991 after briefly touring with a children's theater company. Five years later, Carell became a cast member on "The Dana Carvey Show."
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Before hitting it big with "The Office," Carell appeared regularly on "Saturday Night Live" as well as small roles in major series like "Just Shoot Me!" On the big screen, he started out in supporting roles in "Bruce Almighty" and "Anchorman" before landing the lead in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in 2005, the same year he became Michael Scott.
It's a good thing Carell practiced awkward routines on a sketch comedy show first! Otherwise, life as we know it on "The Office" might have been a lot less uncomfortable.