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Fans flock to Scranton for ‘The Office’ farewell party

AP, SCRANTON, Pennsylvania

The actors who play Pam, Jim, Dwight and other beloved characters from the popular NBC show The Office bade farewell on Saturday to the northeastern Pennsylvanian city of Scranton that served as the TV setting for their fictional paper company.

The NBC mockumentary about a clan of quirky cubicle-dwellers at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co wraps up on May 16 after nine seasons, and a crowd estimated at 10,000 attended a “Wrap Party” in Scranton to show their appreciation.

Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and other stars rode in classic convertibles and posed for hundreds of photographs as fans thronged around them.

The stars later took the stage in front of the Lackawanna County Courthouse and played a concert with The Scrantones, the band that performed the show’s theme song.

Steve Carell, who played office boss buffoon Michael Scott, was not expected to make an appearance, but surprised fans at a celebration later outside the city at PNC Field, home of the New York Yankees’ Triple A affiliate, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported.

As she rode down Linden Street, Fischer teared up, overwhelmed by the adoring crowds.

Krasinski said afterward that he could not process it.

“To have this many people coming out of their way, driving from different places, to just see us and just say thank you is totally bizarre. You have a lot of amazing experiences when you have this gig, but there is nothing like people genuinely saying thank you,” he said. “I don’t think we ever realized how many people we had touched.”

Briquelle Hoppes, 22, drove 11 hours with her fiance and two friends — skipping town on Kentucky Derby day — to attend the Wrap Party, keeping themselves awake overnight by playing old Office episodes through the car speakers and shouting: “Ain’t no party like a Scranton party ’cause a Scranton party don’t stop” — a classic line from the show.

She said she never misses an episode and frequently laughs so hard she cries.

“It appeals to a particular sense of humor and that’s us 100 percent,” she said. “It’s very awkward and I find awkward situations hilarious.”

While the comedy was shot in California, it made liberal use of props from Scranton and referenced plenty of real-life landmarks, from Cooper’s Seafood House and Poor Richard’s pub to Lake Wallenpaupack and the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour.

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