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Published: 2012/10/26

Trey Anastasio and Stephen Colbert "Collaborate" on The Office

Last night’s Trey reference

In 2010, Ed Helms namechecked Trey Anastasio on The Office when his character Andy Bernard mentioned that his old college rival recorded a milk ad with the Phish guitarist. Two years later, The Office referenced Anastasio a second time last night. This time, Helms’ old Daily Show cohort Stephen Cobert played Bernard’s above-mentioned college a capella “frenemy” Broccoli Rob. Colbert brings up his character’s recent collaboration with Anastasio, which infuriates Bernard.

Both The Office and its sister program Park and Recreation have referenced Phish in recent years. In the latter program, Parks writer—and avid Phish fan—Harris Wittels played a Phish fan who has seen the band hundreds of times—and lives with his parents.


There are 17 comments associated with this post October 26, 2012, 10:52:28

We’ve updated the story to show last night’s clip which just became available online.

Ok October 26, 2012, 01:25:32

Yeah it was maybe a 5 second clip, wouldn’t really call it a collaboration

monkey October 26, 2012, 03:20:24

I actually said the word “Phish” today to a friend of mine. Perhaps you should write an article about it. You have my e-mail.

required October 26, 2012, 09:07:45

Soooo the video I’m getting is Michael trying to ride a bike. ???

ayall sagi October 26, 2012, 12:54:06

I agree with some of the comments in regards to not making such a big deal about the fact that they “namechecked” Trey/Phish.
However, I don’t think many people recognize Trey’s name and correlate it to Phish (do you know the name of the lead for Linkin Park?, neither do I). So while stating that the “namecheck” was a “collaborate effort” is a stretch, i think it’s fair to write about it for those non-phan office viewers who couldn’t link Trey’s.

js October 26, 2012, 13:08:19

Im with monkey, if I actually say the word Phish in a month’s time…it is news

brandon October 26, 2012, 13:38:51

it’s just fun to read about. that’s all. you critics are complete fucking losers.

RJS October 26, 2012, 14:22:57

fun to read about…but why trick readers into thinking there was some sort of collaboration when there wasn’t?

brandon October 26, 2012, 14:50:04

good point, RJS. you should ask for your money back from this incredibly reliable site which provides information about the bands you and i love on an hourly basis. oh, wait….

Zac October 26, 2012, 20:52:40

Do you joyless crapsacks realize what the use of quotes around a word often signifies, especially in a context such as this? And RJS, it’s not a trick; it’s a common journalistic tool to draw readers in.

Noodles October 26, 2012, 21:42:50

Awe why donchya all shut dayhaya up , MAN

joe October 30, 2012, 17:58:18

i collaborated with trey this morning when i pooped.

Ron October 31, 2012, 18:43:55

Why the fuck did they say his name wrong?

timmy November 1, 2012, 12:28:40

I just saw Trey’s face in my cereal bowl.

CanadaJams November 1, 2012, 16:15:07

Seriously people, lets take a step back here. this website is called when jam bands/musicians are mentioned in pop culture, are you surprised this site writes about here? If you dont give a shit about this stuff, why are you on this website? just think to yourself, “thats cool,” and move on. no need to kill the vibes with all your negativity.

Jared November 1, 2012, 23:48:16

What’s more lame? A) This is “news” or B) It’s the most read news story?

timmy November 3, 2012, 12:32:43

To all you stank hippies with sand in your vaginas about the satiric reaction to this non-story: shut the fuck up. The holy one was barely mentioned in a washed up sitcom. If he had even made a cameo, that would be news worthy. The reaction is completely justified, beause it is indeed funny that this is news.

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