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If there’s a comedy show you’ve loved this century, chances are that amazing casting director Allison Jones found the quirky actors who play your favorite characters. From Freaks and Geeks to The Office to Parks and Rec, here are 13 actors who were virtual unknowns until Jones discovered them. 

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