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The Japanese Version of 'The Office'

The Japanese Version of 'The Office'

The Office star Steve Carell hosted last night’s Saturday Night Live with musical guest Usher.

During the weekly SNL Digital Short, The Office creator Ricky Gervais introduced the Japanese inspiration for his British version of The Office, which he said is currently being ripped off by the Americans version.

Check it out below and don’t miss the Japanese commercial featuring the Regis tampon!

Steve Carell as “Michael Scott”, Kristin Wiig as “Pam Beesly”, William Hader as “Dwight Schrute”, Jason Sudeikis as “Jim Halpert” and Kenan Thompson as “Standley Hudson”.

The Japanese Version of ‘The Office’
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  • troy

    That whole bit showed just how tired Digital Shorts have become as well as how tired “Saturday Night Live” has become. The introduction by Ricky Gervais was mildly amusing but other then that I didn’t so much as crack a smile once.

  • aLICE

    are you kidding? i loved it
    i love steve……..

  • SJh

    That was brilliant!

  • SJ

    That was brilliant.!

  • Olivia

    Yeah, I agree with Troy. I am an insane fan of the American version of The Office, but I didn’t really find that funny. I love Steve though!

  • tarly


  • ….

    hahahaha that was awesome

  • dimi


  • dimi

    tanoshimi …

  • Ali

    that was so funny! :P

  • blah

    sigh snl sucks so much

  • Sam

    Hilarious! Perfectly done. I read somewhere that ‘Michael’ actually says, ‘That’s what she said.’

  • olii

    don’t think he’s that funny anymore- always the same. BTW, howcome i can’t capitalize my name on the post but some can? do you work for this site??? :)

  • talula

    The final line that “it’s funny because it’s racist” is awesome. I love Ricky Gervais.

  • MelliSa


  • Simon

    I dont know what the rest of you are talking about, they nailed the American version of The Office spot on. Of course Steve is the same guy, but translating it to Japanese, its brilliant. It allows you to see how funny the show is without even knowing what they’re saying. The Regis tampon commercial with the Hello Kitty-esque head coming out of the tampon was very funny. This is, in my opinion, a very intelligent critique of The Office shows in general. Oh well.

  • emily

    that is absolutly HILARIOUS!
    baahahah! :]
    i loooooved it.
    made my day.
    &&the american office pwns.
    jim and pam forever!♥

  • jcbw

    That was really funny. And that’s something, considering it’s SNL. I don’t know why, but Steve looks really good in this. Maybe it’s his hair.

  • miso soup

    Hmmm,,, I couldnt find it funny….. maybe because I understand japanese…. It would be funnier if they spoke more english,,, or do sthelse instead… All the writings appeared on the show were awfully bad!! It did not make any sense,,,, and the tampon one,,,, i didnt understand what it is all about…… they could have done sthelse much much funnier with topic on Japanese,,,,

  • Aranda_Bay

    I thought it was HILARIOUS! They talk so convincingly Japanese without the American accent even though I don’t understand any of it except moshi-moshi!

  • MT


  • Terrance

    This was incredibly hilarious, and i’m mad because the video is no longer available on youtube does anyone know where else i can find this online. i’ve literally looked high and low!