Calling all Office fans: Steve Carell is finally on Instagram! Well, sort of.
On Thursday afternoon, Carell joined his pal and former costar Rainn Wilson on Instagram for a special finale of “Hey There, Human,” the daily Instagram Live series that Wilson’s been hosting on behalf of SoulPancake, a media and entertainment company he co-founded in 2009 that focuses on content that spreads positivity.
Wilson kicked off “Hey There, Human” in March in hopes of connecting and uplifting people during quarantine. For the past seven months he’s talked with celebrity friends and special guests such as Billie Eilish, Nick Offerman, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Penn Badgley about a variety of topics such as mental health, the pandemic, and more.
Now, 77 episodes and 230 guests later, Wilson ended the series in style by reuniting with his Instagram-less former TV boss.
Wilson and Carell bonded over everything from their quarantine beards to their old jobs as waiters. Carell talked about the importance of showing kindness and having empathy for others during the pandemic, and reminded viewers to be hopeful for the future. And, of course, the two talked about The Office.
Wilson kicked off The Office portion of the conversation by asking Carell how he feels about the show getting a second life years after it went off the air.
“How has that been for you, this kind of strange Office obsession renaissance going on?” Wilson asked.
Carell said the experience has been wild for him.
“I don’t know if you feel the same thing, but the people who watch the show definitely know the show better than we do,” Carell began. “Maybe we watched it once when we’d all get together and watch episodes. That was most of my watching of the show. So I don’t know all the details, and when people reference lines and bits… some of them don’t really ring a bell at all.”
“It’s great that it caught on like it did, because we all felt that it was special when we were doing it,” he continued.
After chatting about how streaming has contributed to the show’s recent success, Wilson shared something he loves about The Office today.
“It’s great that it caught on like it did, because we all felt that it was special when we were doing it.”
“One thing that’s been really gratifying for me is like during this really dark time I’ve heard from so many people that they’ve really appreciated having The Office there — that it has a warmth and humanity to it, kind of a family feel that makes it a special thing,” he said. “And that’s helped them during this time, and even helped their mental health.”
Though Carell acknowledged that The Office isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, he went on to praise the healing powers of comedy.
“If you find something that makes you laugh it is therapeutic. It just is. And I’ve said before — when something really makes me laugh hard there’s no better feeling, in my book, than that pure joy of finding something funny,” Carell said.
Ultimately, he called the overwhelming amount of fan love for the workplace comedy gratifying.
“It’s something we should all be proud of,” Carell said. The two pals quickly discussed a farfetched Office reunion and exchanged a heartfelt “I love you” before saying goodbye.
If you want to catch up on “Hey There, Human” episodes you’ve missed — including Wilson’s chats with other former Office stars including John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer — check out SoulPancake’s Instagram page.