"The Office" has certainly come a long way. While not exactly a ratings juggernaut in its first season, the show is now approaching its ninth season. But after being on the air for so long, some of the original cast members are leaving. Among them are Mindy Kaling, who has a pilot in development at Fox, and B.J. Novak, who will continue with "The Office," but in a reduced capacity. There are also rumors that Rainn Wilson will leave next season to focus on a spin-off series of his own.
Now that the show is losing some of the old characters, new cast members are being brought in. Among the actors in talks to join the cast is comedic wunderkind Clark Duke. While he may not have the longest film resume, Duke has done a number of very funny projects over the years. To prepare you for Clark Duke's possible future on "The Office," here are some highlights from his outstanding comedic repertoire that you may have overlooked. Forget "Hot Tub Time Machine"…this lesser-known examples of Duke's work will get you excited to see his future projects.
"Clark and Michael"
Arguably Duke's greatest comedic project, "Clark and Michael" is an Internet TV series starring Duke and friend Michael Cera (best known as George Michael on "Arrested Development.") The pair play fictional versions of themselves, with the plot revolving around their attempts to get a TV pilot off the ground. Originally distributed by CBS in 2007, this series has since grown a major fan following (despite there being only 10 episodes). The show's mockumentary tone showcases just how perfectly Clark Duke can adapt to that style of TV and should certain whet the appetites of existing "Office" fans.
Running from 2007 to 2011, "Greek" was an ABC Family series that followed the lives of university students in Ohio who were members of fraternities or sororities. Duke played Dale Kettlewell, a straight-edge Baptist character who protested the Greek system at first, only to later pledge Omega Chi. His unique humor was always one of the highlights of the show.
The premise behind the Internet series "Drunk History" is simple: A respected comedian gets very, very, very drunk and is then filmed in that state while recounting tales from history. This then forms the basis of a voiceover, which is played while famous comedians re-enact the drunk version of events. Comedians that have been involved include Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, and Michael Cera. And of course, Clark Duke also appears in one episode, where he plays Ben Franklin's son William (opposite Jack Black, who plays Ben Franklin himself).