Read how Trapper Schoepp jumped to conclusions and bumped into Tom from Office Space at Comet
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Milwaukee may be a terrific place to live (it is the best city in the known universe, after all), but the number of celebrity sightings one can have is limited, and usually includes such local luminaries as David Gruber, Milverine, and that wheelchair dude who hangs around Downer Avenue. Still, real-life celebs do make occasional pitstops in the Brew City. Just last week, Robert Downey, Jr. dined at the Packing House for some reason, sending the local media into a Tony Stark-sized tizzy. Also, Oprah stopped by for a few hours in 2011.
But Iron Man and Oprah got nothing on veteran character actor Richard Riehle, a.k.a. Tom Smykowski from Office Space, a.k.a. the “Jump To Conclusions” guy from Office Space. Riehle—a Menomonee Falls native—was in town today, and Trapper Schoepp And The Shades’ own Trapper Schoepp was lucky enough to bump into him. We asked Schoepp about his magical encounter (at Comet, of all places), and this is what he had to say:
“I was walking behind the ‘guy who looked like Tom from Office Space’ for about a block until I realized it was actually him. We followed him into Comet, where our drummer, Jonny, was sitting. I looked at Jon, pointing at him and laughing. It was like he stepped off the set of Office Space. The mustache, the glasses, the slow walk. I’ve watched Office Space countless times. I must have watched it every week my freshman year of college. He’s actually a relative of my friend A.J. Riehle. He has family in Wisconsin. It’s funny, we were just quoting his ‘Jump to Conclusions’ line at band practice last night.”
Trapper Schoepp And The Shades’ next Milwaukee show is June 20 at Turner Hall, opening for the Old 97’s. A tour and some new-song writing will follow. Now, we return you to your job of dealing with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to.