rainn wilson

Why so coy, Rainn?

Last time Rainn Wilson—star of NBC’s The Office—was in town, he told students at the University of Washington how…special Seattle was to him. “I was born and raised here in Seattle, and I went to Shorecrest High School. It’s a sucky high school. Trust me, it sucks. But while there, I did some very serious research for the character of Dwight Schrute…” Very serious research (which he elaborates on in Nerd for Life). Our city’s favorite cube dweller returns on October 23 for a special one-time, hometown-only comedy show to benefit the Mona Foundation —an event that includes surprise guests from the Office. (Please be Steve Carell, please be Steve Carell. Okay if it’s Jim or Kevin, okay if it’s Jim or Kevin.) UPDATE 9/27/10. Special guests announced: Craig Robinson (Darryl), Andy Grammer, Sean Nelson, and the Presidents of the United States of America are set to play an acoustic set. The show has also been moved to the larger Paramount Theatre.

Tickets ($28) for the benefit show at the Moore Paramount Theatre go on sale this Friday, September 17, at stgpresents.org or by calling 877-784-4849.

Wilson will also make a public appearance at the opening of the newest Kiehl’s Since 1851 store in Bellevue Square on October 23, from 10:30-noon, which, admittedly, sounds a bit random. But that means you might get to shake his hand, and it might be all silky smooth and freshly scented. The skincare stalwart will donate $15,000 to the Mona Foundation in conjunction with this event.