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Six Degrees of Kevin (Malone)...New "Office" game!
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Jul 3rd 2006 edited

New game! In the vein of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, let's do a Six Degrees of "The Office" game. It's based on the premise that we (and definitely people in Hollywood) are connected by relationships with six or fewer people, and in this case you have to connect an "Office" actor with the other actor listed in the challenge - by six degrees or fewer. We've had threads regarding where we've seen "Office" actors in other projects, so I bet there are lots of connections. I can't say I've ever played the Kevin Bacon game, but it's my understanding that the closer you can get to six degrees of separation (as opposed to one or two), the more challenging the connection (and the more street cred you'll have as a Six Degrees Master). Example:

Aidan Quinn and Steve Carrell

Aidan Quinn was in Commandments with Courtney Cox
Who was in "Friends" with Lisa Kudrow
Who was in "Friends" with Paul Rudd
Who was in 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carrell

That's 4 degrees of separation (ok, it may only be 3 degrees, since I guess you could technically eliminate the Lisa Kudrow connection, but I thought of her because she was the one involved with Paul Rudd's character on "Friends." Plus, it gives me one more degree :-)

See? So when you issue a challenge, you need to name a "random" actor and one of the "Office" actors. Both movies and TV shows are fair connections.

My challenge to the next person:

Mike Myers and Rainn Wilson

Jul 3rd 2006

Let's see:

Mike Myers was in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged me" with Heather Graham

Heather Graham appeared on Scrubs with Zach Braff

Zach Braff wrote and starred in Garden State, with Peter Saarsgard

PS was in Jarhead with John Krasinski

JK is on the Office with Rainn

I'll let someone else pick the next pair...too early for me to put much thought into it ;-p

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Nice, THPJ! But you could come up with all that, but you couldn't issue the next challenge? Lame! And offensive...you know the rest.

Next challenge: Jack Nicholson and Jenna Fischer.

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Jack Nicholson was in The Witches of Eastwick with Susan Sarandon

Who was in Dead Man Walking with Sean Penn (I am Pam)

Who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon

Who was in My Dog Skip with Luke Wilson

Who was in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy with Steve Carell

Who is in The Office with Jenna Fischer

Edit: Forgot to add another, so: Kevin Costner and John Krasinski

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Five degrees on this one!

Kevin Costner was in Message in a Bottle with Robin Wright Penn

who was in White Oleander with Renee Zellweger

who was in Bridget Jones' Diary with Colin Firth (yummy!)

who was in Love Actually with Laura Linney

who was in Kinsey with John Krasinski

Next up: Angela Kinsey and Dustin Hoffman

Jul 3rd 2006

Ok well JAMtastic you beat me by 10 minutes, but I'm posting mine anyway. Everyone else, ignore me and continue with Angela Kinsey and Dustin Hoffman.

Kevin Costner was in Rumor Has It with Shirley Maclaine

who was in Bewitched with Nicole Kidman

who was in Moulin Rouge with Ewan McGregor

who was in Big Fish with David Denman

who was in The Office with John Krasinski

Jul 3rd 2006

I only have 3 degrees of separation but here goes:

Angela Kinsey is on The Office with Steve Carell

Steve Carell was in the Anchorman with Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell is in soon to be released movie Stranger than Fiction with Dustin Hoffman

Next: Demi Moore and Melora Hardin

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

So am I to take it that the more degrees (up to six) that you can get, the better?

Jul 3rd 2006

So am I to take it that the more degrees (up to six) that you can get, the better?

Yup. I am not very good at it. For some reason, it's hard for me to think way ahead like that. I'm not a good chess player, either (did I just compare the Six Degrees of Kevin game to chess? No, I dinnt!).

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Demi Moore was in Indecent Proposal with Billy Bob Thornton

Who was in Love Actually with Keira Knightley

Who was in Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp

Who was in What's Eating Gilbert Grape with Leonardo DiCaprio

Who was in Catch Me if You Can with Amy Adams

Who was in The Office with Melora Hardin


Now my brain hurts.

Up next: Jack Black and Brian Baumgartner

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Jack Black was in Orange County, which had a cameo by Ben Stiller

Who was in Arrested Development with Will Arnett

Who is in Blades of Glory with Jenna Fischer

Who is in The Office with Brian Baumgartner

It is really easy to connect anybody in the Frat Pack (i.e. Jack Black) to the office due to Steve Carell, so I tried to take a different route.

M. Night Shyamalan and David Denman

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

M. Night Shyamalan was in The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis

Who was in Last Man Standing with Christopher Walken

Who was in Wedding Crashers with Owen Wilson

Who was in Zoolander with Ben Stiller

Who was in The Royal Tenenbaums with Gene Hackman

Who was in The Replacements with David Denman


Next: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jenna Fischer

Jul 3rd 2006

Jennfer Love Hewitt was on Parry of Five with Scott Wolf

Who was in Go with Breckin Meyer

Who was in Rat Race with Seth Green

Who was in Can't Hardly Wait with Lauren Ambrose

Who was in Six Feet Under with Jenna Fischer

Next: Alicia Silverstone and Steve Carrell

Jul 3rd 2006

Alicia Silverstone was in Blast from the Past with Brendan Fraser
Who was in Bedazzeled with Elizabeth Hurley
Who was in Serving Sara with Amy Adams
Who was in The Office with Steve Carrell

Next: The Rock and Rainn Wilson

Jul 3rd 2006

The Rock was in The Mummy Returns with Rachel Weisz

Who was in Runaway Jury with John Cusack

Who was in High Fidelity with Jack Black

Who was in Shallow Hal with Gwyneth Paltrow

Who was in The Royal Tenenbaums with Luke Wilson

Who was in My Super Ex-Girlfriend with Rainn Wilson

Whew, that was hard!

Next: Bill Murray and Oscar Nunez

Jul 3rd 2006 edited

Bill Murray was in The Royal Tenenbaums with Gwyneth Paltrow
who was in View from the Top with Mike Myers
who was in Austin Powers in Goldmember with Seth Green
who was in The Italian Job with Oscar Nunez

Next: Creed Bratton and Cuba Gooding, Jr. And I'd say to try as hard as you can to not use The Office as a connection...it's just too easy.

Jul 4th 2006

Creed Batton was in Sins of the Father with Beau Bridges
who was in Into the West with Alan Tudyk
who was in A Knight's Tale with Paul Bettany
who was in A Beautiful Mind with Ed Harris
who was in Radio with Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Next: Martin Sheen and B.J. Novak

Jul 4th 2006 edited

Martin Sheen was in The American President with Annette Bening
who was in American Beauty with Chris Cooper
who was in Syriana with Amanda Peet
who was in A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher
who was in Punk'd with B.J. Novak

Next: Michael J. Fox and Jenna Fischer

Jul 4th 2006 edited

Michael J. Fox was in "Family Ties" with Michael Gross
Who was in Tremors with Kevin Bacon
Who was with Kathryn Erbee in Stir of Echoes
Who is on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," which guest-starred John Krasinski
Who stars with Jenna Fischer in "The Office"

I'm getting better!

Now, Tom Hanks and Steve Carrell

Jul 4th 2006

Tom Hanks was in Forest Gump with Steve Buscemi
who was in The Wedding Singer with Drew Barrymore
who was in 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler
who was in Spanglish with TeĆ” Leoni
who was in Deep Impact with Morgan Freeman
who was in Bruce Almighty with Steve Carrell

Next: Lucy Liu and Melora Hardin

Jul 4th 2006

Easy peasy...Lucy Liu was on Ally McBeal with Portia De Rossi

Who was on Arrested Development with Patrice O'Neal (guest starring in one episode)

Who plays Lonny on The Office

Which also features Melora as Jan Levinson ;-p

Next: Kevin Spacey and Rainn Wilson

Jul 4th 2006

Lemon Squeezy...Kevin Spacey was in Austin Powers Goldmember with Seth Green

Who was in America's Sweethearts with Catherine Zeta Jones

Who was in The Terminal with Tom Hanks

Who was in That Thing You Do with Steve Zahn

Who was in Employee of the Month with Jenna Fischer

Who is on The Office with Rainn Wilson

Next: Julia Roberts and Rainn Wilson

Jul 5th 2006 edited

I'm proud to say I did the following without using the Internet...

Julia Roberts was in Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson

Who was in The Patriot with Jason Isaacs

Who was in Black Hawk Down with Tom Sizemore

Who was in True Romance with Christopher Walken

Who has been on SNL with Jimmy Fallon

Who was in Almost Famous with Rainn Wilson

Next: Keanu Reeves and Jenna Fischer

Jul 5th 2006

Easy easy...
Keanu Reeves was in Speed with Sandra Bullock
who was in Crash with Matt Dillon
who was in Employee of the Month with Jenna Fischer

Next: John Cusack and Steve Carrell

Jul 5th 2006 edited

EDIT: D'oh! Slow typing, thy name is Unflinchingly Rigid!

Keanu Reeves was in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure with George Carlin
who was in Dogma with Ben Affleck
who was in Gigli with Jennifer Lopez
who was in The Wedding Planner with Judy Greer
who was in Lollilove with Jenna Fischer

Next: Pamela Anderson and John Krasinski

Jul 5th 2006

John Cusack was in Sixteen Candles with Anthony Michael Hall
who was in Edward Scissorhands with Johnny Depp
who was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Missi Pyle
who was in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story with Ben Stiller
who was in Zoolander with Will Ferrell
who was in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy with Mr. Steve Carell

Next: Pamela Anderson and John Krasinski

Jul 5th 2006 edited
  • Pamela Anderson was the original Tool Time Girl on "Home Improvement" with Tim Allen
  • Who was in The Santa Clause with Judge Reinhold
  • Who guest-starred on "Seinfeld" as The Close Talker with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Who guest-starred on "Arrested Development" with Kevin Bumgartner
  • Who is in "The Office" with John Krasinski

Next: Meryl Streep and Rainn Wilson

Jul 5th 2006

Kevin Bumgartner

Never heard of the guy.

Jul 5th 2006

Kevin Bumgartner

Never heard of the guy.

Sorry - I meant Brian Bumgartner, who plays Kevin. Reality and fiction are blurring :-)

Jul 5th 2006 edited

Meryl Streep was in The Devil Wears Prada with Anne Hathaway
who was in The Princess Diaries with Heather Matarazzo
who was in Saved! with Patrick Fugit
who was in Almost Famous with Rainn Wilson

the closer you can get to six degrees of separation (as opposed to one or two), the more challenging the connection (and the more street cred you'll have as a Six Degrees Master

I was wondering about this so I looked it up on Wikipedia and it's actually opposite; the fewer degrees of separation, the better. So I think the challenge of the game is to pick people that are seemingly hard to connect and then do it in as few degrees of separation as possible.

Either way, I love this game!

Next: Anthony Edwards and Mindy Kaling

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