- Actor-Shared Background: Like Ricky Gervais, David Brent is a failed rock star.
- Breakthrough Hit: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant became household names, and left their day jobs to make TV shows, movies and more.
- The Cast Showoff: Ladies and gentlemen, the blues-rock stylings of Ricky Gervais.
- The Danza: Many of the background characters in the office have the same first name as the actors who play them: Ben (played by Ben Bradshaw), Emma (Emma Manton), Jamie (Jamie Deeks), Philip (Philip Pickard).
- Real-Life Relative: The cleaner who always stands motionless and looks directly at the camera is Stephen Merchant's father Ron Merchant.
- Star-Making Role: Take a bow, Ricky Gervais. Also for Martin Freeman.
- Technology Marches On: Nowadays Brent wouldn't have to go home and get a book to prove that Mr Spock is half human, half Vulcan. Someone could just Google it on their smartphone.
- What Could Have Been: "Sitting" by Cat Stevens was the original theme song.
Trivia / The Office (UK)