11 Reasons Toby Is The Best Character In 'The Office'

11 Reasons Toby Is The Best Character In 'The Office'

Who thought it would be hysterical to give Toby a rock for his going away gift?

Everyone loves to laugh at the ridiculous implausibility of a boss like Michael Scott. They spend nine seasons falling in love with Jim and Pam, rolling their eyes at Kelly and Ryan's attempts at coupledom and seeing the rise and fall of Dwight and Angela over and over again.

But it is Toby who is the true unsung hero. Provoking Michael to make some of the best jokes of the show is only one of his best qualities. Here is why Toby Flenderson is the best character on "The Office."

1. He's generous and giving...

Toby's always there to lend a hand to his coworkers in their many, many times of need. He might be rejected most times, but he's still there.

2. Even when people may not deserve it.

He started out as the punching bag of Michael, who hated to have his antics cut short because of annoying HR. Slowly, more and more of his coworkers began to find him annoying or stifling. Poor Toby.

3. He's optimistic.

It might be unjustified optimism, considering everything, but he still sees the best in people. He even saw hope for Michael, who hated him for years, to get to know him better and become a close friend.

4. He's supportive.

And yeah, maybe no one really ever wanted his support, but he was still ready to pat them on the back when they needed it anyway. If anyone in that office needed some time to yell and complain about a problem, Toby would listen. To be fair, that was what he was paid to do, but he could've done a worse job.

5. He's crafty.

Where'd you find a potato in the office of a paper supply company, Toby? That's skill.

6. He thinks of the well-being of others.

Which isn't exactly a groundbreaking quality in a person, but it seems to be the downfall of many of his coworkers, most notably Michael, who not only doesn't think of others, but doesn't even vaguely understand the concept.

7. He just wants to help.

Even if you don't want his help, just let Toby help for once. Please. He just wants to support you. He just wants to be pals. Give poor Toby a chance.

8. He's a good friend.

Toby will lie for you on the spot, no questions asked. It might be a bad lie, but you did just put him on the spot. You can't expect much.

9. But he doesn't really have friends.

What's not to like about a misunderstood loner? Eventually, he moves to New York to "write the great American novel." He finds roommates who are better than friends because they have to give you notice before they leave you.

10. But who doesn't love the disliked outsider?

Toby never catches a break. Not even when he moves to Costa Rica and breaks his neck.

11. His merit is so under-appreciated in the workplace.

He's a good, good guy. Not in a fake way like Michael means, but he really just wants good to happen for everyone. Whether they like him or not, whether it's his job to care or not, he sees the best, hopes the best, and believes in the very best of everyone around him. Always.

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A Guide To Discovering New Music

There is an entire universe of music out there, so here's a guide to help you discover it!

There is an entire universe of music out there, and I have only covered one inch of it since I’ve started collecting records, CDs, and digital downloads to build my library. By new music, I mean music that’s new to you. Before you dive into your journey of discovering new artists and songs, you first need to ask yourself what kind of music do you normally like. Are you into specific genres of music, like hip-hop, rock, pop, or music from other parts of the world? Do you keep an open mind?

Are you into the latest releases in the music industry and the next up-and-coming artists? Then you should keep a close eye on the charts, the radio (while that’s still a thing), and of course the Grammys. It’s always refreshing to see which direction music heading today, like with Sam Smith and Adele taking the helm of British soul music or Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper bringing new flavors to the rap genre. Plus, it's always good to see the new artists get rewarded for the contributions to the industry.

Are you into older music? Music older than your parents? Your grandparents? Then hit up the internet; that’s what it’s there for! Just by using Wikipedia alone, I’ve discovered music genres that were completely foreign to me, and now I listen to them almost on a regular basis. Listening to older music can give you a glimpse at all the different stages genres have gone through and how some have died off, how others have revived, and how others have stayed in the mainstream.

A side note: When listening to music on the internet, let YouTube be your best friend. I personally don’t like Spotify or Pandora, because those give you access instead of the music itself. And when you get there, you might not find exactly what you’re looking for. Plus you are putting your experience in the hands of a computer algorithm when it should be in your hands alone. Shameless plug: There is a mini-series on Amoeba Records' YouTube channel called What's in My Bag? where the store brings in musicians, actors, and other public figures, and they let them shop for an hour or so, then they sit on a couch and tell the camera all the different albums, movies, and novelties they bought. This is certainly a great way to open up your world to music you've never heard before.

Are you into indie/alternative music? The best place to start with this is your locale. Listen to your local radio stations and keep an ear out for upcoming shows at your local venues. That way you can not only discover new music, but you can also meet the people that make it! And who knows? Maybe they’ll be the next people to rise to stardom!

A word of personal advice: make sure you are by yourself when you listen to a new song, artist, or album for the first time, especially when it is outside your normal music taste. The only opinion that matters for this new experience is yours alone. All too often people have called my music taste weird and unusual, but that has only deepened my appreciation for the different artists I've listened to over the years. If there's any word that describes the ideal music taste, it's eclectic.

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My Interview With Paul Brenner Plus All Things Joywave

A concert review of the band's Thanks. Thanks For Coming Tour

With a new album fresh in the industry, Joywave has been touring non-stop! The band added a second leg on their tour where I had the chance to interview them and review their Thanks. Thanks For Coming Tour!

I was able to have a great conversation with Joywave's drummer, Paul Brenner about their new album and rising success! Their new album, Content was released on July 28, 2017! Brenner talked about how their new album allowed Joywave to tour with bands like Cold War Kids and Young The Giant. He added that both tours were a blast and it was awesome being around great people who produce great music! Joywave was able to play at many venues they had never been to during these tours including Red Rocks.

Content has not only brought the band more radio and touring success, but it allowed the band to complete one of their bucket list goals according to Brenner. Content's success not only caught the media and music lover's attention, but it caught Stephen Colbert's! The band was able to perform their song Doubt. Brenner seemed very excited when asked about the show and he talked about how surreal it was for him and the band to experience. He stated, "It was surreal! I just watch it again this morning when I woke up."

When asked more about the album process, Brenner stated that he believed the biggest difference in the process of the first and second album was mainly the location. Content was recorded in a barn outside of Rochester. One of the biggest differences for the band was their first album was mainly a collection of demos they had created. In some of these laptop demos, the drums were recorded in 2013 and patchworked into the album. Sometimes recording was tough as they had to record Content's drums at 4 or 5 in the morning because the mics could pick up traffic noise.

When asked who inspired the band, Brenner, and keyboardist, Benjamin Bailey responded, "Any artist that isn't afraid to just do what they want to do." Brenner added, "The Kanye West's of the word."

When asked about future albums Brenner stated that the doors are wide open for anyone wanting to work with them, but the singer, Daniel Armbruster would say Kendrick Lamar according to the drummer.

Finally, when asked how the band prepares for a tour and how their first half of the tour went, Brenner went on to say that the first tour went very well and the band is very humbled by the number of sold-out shows on both tours!

After the interview, I was able to get a great spot for the show! The band had two opening acts, KOPPS and Sasha Sloan. Joywave definitely stole the show with their unique decorations and electric stage performance. The venue was packed and definitely had a mixed age group which was awesome. The crowd jumped, danced, and sang along to every song.

Joywave played a mix of new and old songs and even let former bandmates come on stage who are now in KOPPS. Joywave came out playing Content, their self-titled track, immediately capturing the audience's attention. The drums on this track are violent, abrupt, and very cool! Doubt, Somebody New, and Destruction definitely all had the same vibe to them and the audience loved it!

Songs like Shutdown, Now, and Golden State were definitely another three of the best songs live. The audience seemed to love the energy the band had and Daniel Armbruster's vocals were impeccable! The band definitely supported the outstanding vocals as the drums, keyboards, guitar, and bass were great.

As I have seen the band twice, once in 2014, I will say they have definetley come so far as a band. The members are all very talented and both of their albums have done very well! I would definetley reccomened seeing the band as they are very humble and have an amazing stage presence.

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