Looks at the Camera Like I'm on The Office

Looks at the Camera Like I'm on The Office

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“Looks at the Camera Like I’m on The Office” is a comment meme based on a running trope on the American TV sitcom The Office in which characters would look directly in the camera, emphasizing their emotions to the audience. Online, the phrase is widely used as a reaction to a statement that surprises, confuses, or offends them.


"Looks at the camera like I'm on The Office" is an example of characters breaking the fourth wall the on The Office when characters would become so surprised at the absurd actions they would look at the camera as if to ask the audience "Are you seeing this?"

The joke first appeared on The Office UK, which premiered on July 9th, 2001. On the BBC version, the character of Tim (Martin Freeman) would frequently break the fourth wall (shown below).

However, In most cases, looks at the camera like I'm on The Office refers to the America version as it is sometimes referred to as "The Jim Halpert Look," after the American version character Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). The Office US premiered on March 24th, 2005.[1][2]


On June 20th, 2010, Urban Dictionary defined "The Jim Look": [3]

The classic look that Jim on the TV show "The Office" gives the camera. It is usually seen when Michael does something ridiculous; or after a successful prank on Dwight; sometimes in look of desperation of normalcy.

Dwight: Who put my stapler in jello?!

Jim: (gives the camera The Jim Look)

The first known iteration of the phrase "looks at the camera like I'm on in the office" occurred on June 2nd, 2014. Tumblr user harmonyrow[5] posted an image of John Lennon with the caption "john lennon: looks at the camera like hes in the office." The post received more than 360 notes. The phrase soon became a popular hashtag on the site.[6]

john lennon: "looks at the camera like hes in the office*

On June 14th, 2014, the website The Office Stare Machine launched.[4] The website chronicles all 706. According to the site:

"The Office Stare Machine showcases every single time a character speechlessly breaks the 4th wall and stares at the camera. It then indexes those stares into an interactive machine encompassing the full range of human emotional expression."

The first instance of the phrase being used on Twitter was on December 9th, 2015, when users began sharing and copying this tweet:[7]

looks at the first question on the exam* "looks at the camera like Jim from The Office*

The joke has since been shared by numerous sites.

looks at first ooksaG camera like Jim fromthe office* LOOKS AT FIRST QUESTION ON EXAM... LOOKS AT CAMERA LIKE JIM FROM THE OFFICE.

Notable Examples

Kara needs Cat Grant back in her life to remind her that she is powerful, brilliant, valued, and that no man should make her feel less than or get in the way of her dreams. The biggest hit' to Karas character and her progress was Cat leaving. Cat needs to comeback and be like, "Kara? What happened?? Your life is starting to look like a tragic CW show storyline. Cat looks directly into the camera like she is on The Office*" Zeena LE SATA All I'm saying is: Taylor Swift's best friend is Karlie Kloss who is dating Joshua Kushner, who's the brother of Jared Kushner, who's the husband of Ivanka Trump, who's the daughter of Donald Trump. "looks into camera like I'm on the office* Magnus: Do what's in your heart. Alec: I proposed to Lydia. Magnus, looks into the camera like he's on the office: 397 SHUTTER 180.0 800 3200cC or A4450003 14 MIN

I realise this is a travesty but if I may propose this scenario for your consideration: angie faced with s2!peggy can you imagine the amount of "what the f---,english" that would occur peggy: "is ooc* angie: "looks into the camera like she's on the office* Orsino:There is no women's side can bide the beating of so strong a passion as love doth give my heart! Viola: (looks into the camera like she's on the office) # the office meme # twelfth night # shakes CN Posted 5 months ago 1,084 notes Tagged: submission, looks into the camera like i'm on the office, pearl, pearl steven universe, steven universe

"It just doesn't seem right for a man to keep a girl waiting all alone in such a public place! Even if he is an old friend... a dear friend" Looks directly into the camera like he's on The Office] Anybody: Mega Man is a childish game Mega Man games: The equivalent of going through hell and back. Fanbase consists of teens and up sobbing over Proto Man. Bass constantly cursing. Me: looks in the camera like they're in the office* Robb: We will all be together again soon, I promise. Ned:"gets beheaded. Cat: "gets throat slit Robb: "killed at wedding Jon: 'two feet away from bran TWICE but misses him* Sansa: "journeys to castle black right as jon leaves* Arya: "leaves the Eyrie seconds before Sansa goes outside Bran:"can view his family with his powers but can't communicate with them Rickon: "gets captured into Winterfell right after Sansa escapes* Me: looks into the camera like I'm in The Office

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