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LAist at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: The Office

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A photographer can get jaded pretty fast on the red carpet. Hour after hour, a steady stream of beautiful people smile and pose while you elbow big hairy guys under the hot sun. Soon, any time you travel and meet people who ask, "You live in Los Angeles? Do you see a lot of movie stars?" you kind of want to punch them in the face. But just kind of.

I am an anomoly amongst the paparazzi, who are there looking for the money shot. The big bucks. Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and the penultimate Angelina Jolie. Where I differ from the paparazzi is that I am not just a photog, I am a fan. I watch way too much TV as I sit here cropping photo after photo, and after awhile these characters become real to me. They find a place in my heart. And I HEART The Office. So as the real paparazzi turn away, because a photo of a dude from TV isn't going to fetch much, I am hysterically screaming, "Andy! Andeeeee! Up here!!!" I'm also thinking how nice it is that Stanley is back with his wife after that awful affair, and look how beautiful Meredith is! I was as proud of Meredith as her mom on prom night.

I caught a quick glimpse of Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin) but the crowd was so thick there was no getting a good photo. Notably absent from the red carpet were Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone), Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson) and Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), but that's OK because when we saw Rainn Wilson last time he told the photogs we could all stand to lose a little weight.

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