David Koechner On How Steve Carell Helped Him Get The Role Of Todd Packer And If We’ll Ever See An ‘Office’ Encore

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Anyone who isn’t under a deadline right now owes it to themselves to watch this 8-minute Todd Packer sizzle reel and try now to urinate down their legs. I made it to the 4:40 mark before breaking the seal. I’m a sucker for someone cutting Kevin down to size (pun!) because there is never a good reason to hurt a person that nice.

Of the little going for me, I enjoy a life where I get to talk to people like Packer, born David Koechner, and get a W-2 for it. Koechner, who has a new Valentine’s comedy The Right One is out now, joined our Endless Hustle podcast presented by Boston Market to talk about everything from his iconic roles in landmark comedies over the past 20 years to his Kansas City Chiefs to operating a vehicle with no pants on.

Quick sidenote: Koechner’s IMDB sneaky reads like All Eyez On Me. 

Saturday Night Live // Anchorman // Talladega Nights // The 40-Year-Old Virgin // Semi-Pro // Thank You For Smoking // The Office // F Is For Family// Snakes On A Plane 

Murderer’s Row.

Here’s Koechner talking about how Steve Carell reached out to him after The Office producers were having trouble finding a man who was capable of living the essence of Todd Packer, toeing the line, and why the show closed the curtain on one of the great sitcom comedies of all-time.

 

“You can’t speak to anyone in life like that and get away with it. I couldn’t. I couldn’t live with myself. So I liken that role to being in a nice warm bath. You get to splash all the water out of the tub and when you get out, you’re completely dry and walk away. He’s an emotional hand grenade. There ya go, ‘Boom! Bye!’ So that was a lot of fun.

Steve Carell actually recommended me for the role. I was up in Canada shooting Snakes on a Plane. You’re welcome. And they were having some trouble casting the role and they had already shot part of the episode and so Carell goes ‘How about Koechner?’ because I’ve known Steve since Second City back in Chicago. So I’ve known Steve since the early 90s.

So the point is to make this guy so awful that it’s making fun of guys like that. Sadly there are people out there going, ‘Yeah! Cool! Right, Packer. The best!’ No he’s not the best. He’s the worst!

It’s amazing to me that Packer’s as popular as he is. I only did two episodes a season. You don’t want too much Packer.”

Koechner then said he doesn’t see how The Office would come back for a 10th season, unless producers were capable of getting a 10 episode commitment from everyone—which is a challenge seeing as Carell, Kasinski, and Rainn Wilson are the busiest.

“So, if there schedules open up, I can

Hope is always a good place to sign off.

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Listen to our entire interview with the hilarious Koechner below. We also speak with NBA 20,000 point scorer, B1G3 winner, and a guy who made Paul Pierce crawl on all fours with a crossover, Iso Joe, Joe Johnson.

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