Try as you may, I refuse to believe that Paul Lieberstein–more commonly known as Toby Flenderson from The Office–was a human being prior to 2008. Until there is evidence of the contrary, I will continue to follow my baseless instinct that the Office executive producers constructed Toby in a lab solely for his role as Michael Scott’s whipping boy.
The showrunners will try to tell you that Paul Lieberstein was born on February 22, 1967 in Westport, Connecticut, attended Hamilton College where he majored in Economics, and now serves as executive producer of The Office. It’s fake news, bruh. Stay woke.
Evidence to support my theory comes from former ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo, who recently shared a Toby-in-real-life story on Bill Simmons’ podcast. Russillo was working out at the Equinox gym in Santa Monica recently where he spotted the Scranton Strangler, who “worked out just like you would expect Toby to work out.”
…brown shirt, dad shorts, Asics — no offense to the gel technology — dark socks, and he goes to the inclines. And I was like, ‘Wow, Toby’s going to go to the incline bench free weights, what do we got here? Tens on each side, not deep … I could have caught him on a high-rep day, to be fair. And he was looking around, and it was Toby, it was actually Toby from The Office doing chest!
So you mean to tell me that the dude pictured below wasn’t rocking a spaghetti-strapped tank top with lifting gloves grunting during every rep?
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Get outta town.