‘The Office’: Kevin Malone’s Actor Reveals His Favorite Episodes

Kevin Malone, played by Brian Baumgartner, is a fan-favorite when it comes to characters on The Office. Then again, what character isn’t a favorite? Regardless, Brian Baumgartner took to Reddit to chat with fans during an AMA, and the legendary sitcom actor revealed that he does indeed have favorite episodes. What’s more, Baumgartner revealed that there were two scenes during which he just couldn’t keep it together. Here’s what Baumgartner had to say. 

Kevin Malone’s favorite episodes  

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As any fan of The Office knows, it’s almost impossible to choose a favorite episode from the show. There are simply too many gems to choose from, though of course, there are always standouts. 

Kevin Malone’s actor, Brian Baumgartner, has his favorites, however. When asked what his personal favorite episode was, the actor actually provided his top three. Baumgartner is a fan of “Diversity Day,” “Stress Relief,” and “Christmas Party.”

As for his favorite “Kevin moment,” Baumgartner revealed that, like many others, he loved the chili spill scene. In that moment, almost every fan’s heart broke for Kevin Malone just a little bit.

The Kevin Malone voice

Brian Baumgartner played Kevin Malone for The Office
Brian Baumgartner played Kevin Malone for The Office | Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic

One of Kevin Malone’s most iconic aspects is his voice. The endearing character’s plodding and sometimes goofy way of talking won him fans across the nation. 

During his AMA. Baumgartner went on to reveal how he developed the iconic voice for Kevin Malone while working on The Office. One user asked, “How did the Kevin voice come about? In the first season, your character talks normally but later on your character takes on his classic voice. Did you start doing it, or did the writers/producers suggest it, and if so, who suggested it?”

Baumgartner replied, “It was a progression. Based on HOW the writers started writing Kevin. It came from me… and my nerdy/ actory justification has always been… Kevin was shy with the cameras around in the beginning, and as he became more comfortable- more of his true self came out.”

Brian Baumgartner couldn’t keep it together

Ellie Kemper, Brian Baumgartner, and Angela Kinsey of The Office
Ellie Kemper, Brian Baumgartner, and Angela Kinsey of The Office | Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

It’s clear that Brian Baumgartner had plenty of fun with his coworkers when it came to making The Office. The actor revealed that there were a couple of times when he just wasn’t able to keep himself in character for the scene. 

Baumgartner revealed, “For me – two scenes. 1. When Kevin sits on Michael’s lap as Santa. 2. When Holly helps Kevin at the vending machine.”

When asked if he ever improvised scenes, Baumgartner replied, “Quite a bit. Go to most moments in which a scene ends with Kevin.”

Jenna Fischer is down for a ‘The Office’ reunion episode

Brian Baumgartner of The Office
Brian Baumgartner of The Office | Sarah Morris/Getty Images

While it doesn’t seem as if The Office will be experiencing a reboot any time soon, Jenna Fischer has explained that she’d love to do a reunion episode. 

During an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fischer revealed, “I would not do an Office reboot, but I would love to do a reunion special episode. I’d like to get us all together again,” answered Fischer. 

Angela Kinsey joked, “I would do anything they called me to do. So if you want to call me, I’m around!”