A series celebrating the great British sitcom. Two teams, lead by Barry Cryer and Rebecca Front, are asked questions by Host Jo Brand.
Type: Game Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy - Robert California - Netflix
Robert California, also known as Bob Kazamakis, is a fictional character on the U.S. comedy television series The Office. In the eighth season, Robert managed to persuade Jo Bennett to appoint him CEO in her place. In the eighth-season finale, Robert departs from the company after David Wallace purchases Dunder Mifflin. California is portrayed by James Spader. He is an original character and has no counterpart on the original British version of the series.
Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy - Biography - Netflix
Robert California is the former CEO of Dunder Mifflin/Sabre. An enigmatic individual, he was often inspiring and intimidating to the staff in the Scranton branch office, especially so to Regional Manager Andy Bernard. Robert has been married three times, with his third wife, Susan, leaving him after the events of “Mrs. California”. In a talking-head interview from that episode, Susan states (when referring to the staff's instructed dislike of her), that the last time she was employed, she “hated the boss' wife” as well, revealing that the woman she is referring to was one of Robert's ex-spouses. This would mean that she and Robert met while she was under his employment at one time, and that the two possibly began their relationship while he was still married. Robert also has a young son, named Bert. It is unknown if Robert fathered him with Susan. The Sabre Corporation website implies that Robert may be of partial Native American descent, which could be the reason why he so strongly dislikes Christopher Columbus. In “Turf War”, it is revealed that “Robert California” is not his real name, and in the next episode, he introduces himself to David Wallace as “Bob Kazamakis”, although it is unknown whether “Kazamakis” is his actual last name or simply another alias. Robert appears to typically manipulate situations in a duplicitous fashion, as seen in the episodes “Mrs. California”, “Trivia”, and most greatly in “Last Day in Florida”, when he privately admits to Jim Halpert that the newly opened Sabre store was a poor concept, and that he only approved it because Jo Bennet wanted it, but pretending, at a high-level meeting, that the store was a brilliant idea, and using newly appointed Vice President Todd Packer as a scapegoat for the store's failure, stating that Packer executed it poorly. He has been shown to have somewhat of a fascination with the PBS program Sesame Street (which he refers to as “The Street”). In “Garden Party”, he reveals that his body has become acclimated to Southern Italy, despite the fact that he has never even been there. During “Trivia”, it is shown that he uses a monthly wrestling meet instead of exercising. He also dislikes The Black Eyed Peas, stating “It's rock and roll for people who don't like rock and roll; it's rap for people who don't like rap; it's pop for people who don't like pop”. Upon meeting her in “Last Day in Florida”, Robert develops a deep attraction to Nellie Bertram, and, as such, allowed her to get away with her irrational and unprofessional behavior. While she would often imply to him that she was attracted to him, in “Turf War”, this is revealed to be nothing more than a mere manipulation tactic, as she reveals to Pam that she is, in fact, repulsed by Robert. Throughout his appearances, Robert has been shown to have innumerable unhealthily salacious appetites and beliefs (once proclaiming that “Everything... is sex” – even calling this opinion of his a “universal truth”). He has displayed a need for intercourse regularly, as shown in “Christmas Wishes”, when he becomes depressed after being deprived of it for only ten days. On more than one occasion, Robert has attempted to convince the staff to engage in group sex with him; in a deleted storyline from “Free Family Portrait Studio”, he asks Jim and Pam Halpert if they would be interested in having a threesome. Some episodes have also implied that he is bisexual. This is most heavily hinted in the eighth-season finale, in which he is seen drinking an energy drink for Asian homosexuals (and complaining about the coconut taste in the new “Coconut Penis” flavor), and bids Andy farewell by kissing him on the lips.
Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy - References - Netflix