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Nick Offerman, Actor - Woodworker - Writer, thoroughly tumescent to appear in a small role in A Walk In The Woods, opening today. https://twitter.com/awalkinwoodsmov
Thank you all for your questions, this has been most edifying, as always. I highly recommend A Walk In The Woods, opening today in many fine American theaters. Redford, Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen, and directed by Ken Kwapis. Hilarious and touching, and the Appalachian Trail!
What is your favorite meal, sir?
If you could carve any item out of wood, what would it be?
A mighty Cleric's stave, intricately inlaid with enough runes and magicks to ward off any Shambling Mound. A staff worthy of a Tolkien wizard, hewn of Scottish Bog Oak, to withstand the many cudgelings I would ask it to deliver.
Land sakes, those are some handsome coasters. Now I am thirsty.
Martin & Gibson both make amazing instruments, and I own and enjoy guitars by both. Collings Guitars outside Austin are also super delicious. To each his/her own.
Hi! I was wondering what your favorite beverage is, besides whiskey?
Which out of all the episodes of Parks and Rec was the hardest line NOT to laugh at?
The line that springs to mind was in the final season, and it came, of course, from the mouth of Chris Pratt. That beautiful mouth.
He was scripted to say "Vladimir Putin", but he chose to mispronounce the name, Andy Dwyer-style, and the five of us on camera simply could not keep our shit together. Every take he chose a different mangling of the name, and it was so goddamn fun and funny. I believe it can be found on the computer web or in the gag reel from season 7.
First off, love you and your wife individually, first when I watched her on Will and Grace, and then you on Parks and Rec (and of course, seeing you and her interact as Ron and Tammy 2). Your Netflix special reduced my boyfriend and I to laughter-induced tears.
My question: what was it like when you had your small role on Will and Grace? Were you and Megan together at this point? Your chemistry even then was undeniable.
Thank you for acknowledging the overpowering love-musk of our union. When we couple, luscious lilies and tuberoses unfurl their labial blossoms in the swampy sloughs of the Loire region.
Working on W&G was incredibly exciting and daunting, as we had been dating for only a few mere months, and I had not worked on a "multi-cam" show in front of a live audience. The rest of the cast and the legendary director Jimmy Burroughs moved with the precision and swiftness of an NBA team, so it was like jumping on to a full-speed comedy train while carrying a heavy toolbox. Fortunately, I knew that if I got my bits right, I would get to kiss Karen Walker more than once at the end of the ride, so I just held on for dear life.
Hi Nick! I'm very excited to have this opportunity!
What's a day in the life of Nick and Megan's life like? Do you guys have any silly traditions?
Thanks for doing this! Best wishes to you both!
Contrary to popular belief, Megan and I are just two normal, sandwich-eating Americans. We get up in the morning, slather ourselves in a fresh Oat pudding and rub our bodies together until we have both ejaculated a stream of ecstasy that turns our love-tub into a warm goulash of effluvia and passion. Stepping into the yard, shivering in our naked delight, Megan daintily taps upon the bark of our Ent, who releases one drop of dew from one leaf, impossibly high upon its upper branches. This elephantine droplet plummets from such great heights and splashes us clean, filling our noses and other orifices with an elvish, lavender magic as we skip about our several closets, giggling and tickling one another. The squirrels are really funny during this recess, and there's a shitload of LOLing taking place. As the closet faeries weave the day's raiments about our quivering flesh, we settle into our Offerman Woodshop chairs and check our emails, like anybody. Pretty boring.
Approximately how much bacon is too much bacon?
This question is nonsense.
What's your favorite flavor of pie? And do you like your pie with ice cream?
I AM CRAZY FOR PIE. WITH ICE CREAM? SURE. IT'S FUCKING ICE CREAM.
3) Key Lime
Do you have Aziz's number? Can I have Aziz's number?
At last report, I believe his number was "1".
You are welcome to it.
What's it like being Megan Mullaly's Husband? And does she ever do Karen's voice to fuck with you?
Being the husband of the goddess Megan Mullally is the single greatest fate that could befall a human being who is into vaginas.
To answer your second question - Yes, but you accidentally included a "with" that doesn't belong.
Is there a director/actor that you dream of working with?
I am very lucky to have had the work I've assayed thus far, which has been far beyond my wildest dreams. If I were to dream beyond this great beyond, I would be very grateful to play with The Coens, Nicole Holofcener, Alexander Payne, Stanley Kubrick (35 years ago), Jill Soloway, Rick Linklater, JIM JARMUSCH, Steve McQueen, for example. However I often find there to be great delight in working with talents that are yet unknown to the world at large, as therein lies the best hope for the surprises of a unique vision.
is a hot dog a sandwich?
I appreciate you and everything you do, but how's your wife? What's she up to? I miss seeing her on TV!
I am supremely titillated to report that Megan is amazing on a new show coming to the UK in a month, and to NBC next year, called YOU, ME, AND THE APOCALYPSE.
She is the funniest thing in a very funny show, but it's also high-stakes, and I am getting a boner, please excuse me whilst I step back out into the Ent-shower.
Will you grow out a big burly beard again? It makes you look even more manly, if that's even possible.
It is in process.
Hi Nick! How can I get that sweet American button up shirt you wear in American Ham?
This is a popular question.
That shirt is not remotely available from any retailer of garments.
I designed it and had it built from scratch by the amazing ladies who made our wardrobe on Parks and Recreation. I looked into reproducing them for sale on my website, but the cost was prohibitive.
Nick, A few years ago at an Iron & Wine show in Los Angeles I ran into you and your lovely wife waiting to go backstage. Thoroughly speechless as I spied two of my favorite actors waiting around to meet my hands-down favorite musician, I dumbly just asked if I could get a picture, then ran away giggling like a school-girl. I immediately regretted not shaking your hand and asking you a more substantive question.
So I have three questions for you:
1. Will you please forgive me for my boorishness in asking you and your wife for a photo while you were just trying to enjoy a night out?
2. How was your meeting with Sam Beam? I'm pretty sure that some sort of woodworking/musical collaboration between the two of you would change the world...
3. If I want to get started in woodworking with hand tools, but am fairly poor, which tool would you recommend I get first. Something versatile that I could at least start a project with.
1) Thank you for apologizing. A great blight has overtaken our population at large, at least those who are fans of the "smartphone" and social media. The dilemma is this: It has become more valuable to these folks to score FaceBook or Instagram points with a selfie, or some sort of "proof" that they met/saw a famous person, or a desirable person. The part of this habit that rankles, really rankles, is that we photo subjects end up feeling like a cardboard standup or a zoo animal. I greatly enjoy meeting fans, particularly to shake a person's hand, hear what they have to say, look him/her in the eye and thank them for his/her support. To me, this has a vastly greater value than the illusory idea that the "community" will think a person more "cool" if they have a selfie, etc. I don't want to judge folks for using social media, please do as you wish by all means. Just think about the common decency and lack of manners that you might exhibit when you demand a photo over a personal interaction. I would very much like to say "thank you" to any person who tells me they have enjoyed my work, and this is hard to accomplish when you have your back to me, your tongue hanging out like a fool, shooting your photo.
2) I am a massive fan of Sam Beam (Iron & Wine). He is a terrific sweetheart and poet and supremely talented musician. His epic song The Trapeze Swinger moves me every time I hear it, and his records are amongst my most frequent plays.
3) If you are short on funds but big on enthusiasm when starting out in woodworking, I would suggest a jigsaw, a few chisels, a spokeshave, and a block plane. With these you can make a canoe paddle, or many other simpler implements. Perhaps you can make items to sell, earning the price of better tools. These and many other tools can be had affordably if you find them used on Craig's List, or whomever else is keeping a list these days.
what's your favourite cheese?
2) Wisconsin Cheddar
3) Wisconsin curds
4) Cave Aged Gouda
6) Estero Gold
Who would you like to play in a Coen Brothers movie?
A speaking role would be the best.
Nick, you're the man. Here's my question:
In your opinion, what are a few activities that are never a waste of time?
Do you have a general idea, bullet points you want to hit, before you start talking like this, or do you just start talking and hope you don't end up saying something too eloquently crazy?
I greatly enjoy these AMAs for the reason that they require no forethought. They are usually scheduled upon the occasion of promoting a project I am in the act of "dropping", like the premiere of A Walk In The Woods film today. The extemporaneous nature and varied tone and subject matter of these Q&A's provide me with an opportunity to have fun off the top of the noggin, whilst trying to impart a tidbit of pith here and there.
Indica or Sativa?
Please and thank you.
Nick! I'm a huge fan of you and your amazing facial hair.
Anyways, do you like Texas? More specifically, what do you like the most about Texas?
Texas is an amazing state. It is vast and varied in its terrain, and it boasts some of the most mouth-jizzing BBQ across which I have come in my planet-wide search for pork ribs and brisket. Austin also lives in Texas, and that fetching burgh is like the free-thinking atmosphere of Madison, Wisconsin set amongst the refreshing oasis of Barton Springs. Willie Nelson and Austin City Limits are in Texas. So are my friends, the filmmakers Robert Byington and Laura Dunn. The Gourds, for crying' out loud. Also, politically, Texas does a great job of letting the country know how not to behave. There is an annual beard-growing contest in Shamrock, Texas. All in all, count me in.
Hi Nick! I enjoyed your canoe making videos. Do you ever find time to get out on the water?
I am paddling tomorrow. I would that I had more canoe time, but for now it is relegated to my vacation periods, or the instances in which I convince producers (like those from Parks & Rec) to write a scene in which I spend the day in a canoe. This very day I am replenishing the varnish coats on my Huckleberry (not a euphemism) and it has me pining to build another watercraft. There is no finer pastime.
Mr. Offerman, Thanks for tricking people into thinking being handy is cool. I'm building a walnut bench of mostly solid wood. I'm letting the panels be veneered plywood. What is you're "go-to" finish on dark walnut? I've mostly stuck to polyurethanes in the past, but am looking to venture out to a less plastic look to my finishes.
Hey, that's nice looking work!
We love assorted hand-rubbed oils and varnish oils. There's one called The Good Stuff that we have been using a lot, but it's also fun to experiment on scraps and find your own recipe or either tung oil or linseed oil, varnish, and bee's wax...
Is masterbation a sin in your eyes, Mr. Offerman?
Masturbation is a perfectly natural occurrence. To suggest it is a sin is actually the more criminal act. Christopher Hitchens does a fantastic job of unpacking this and every other injustice with which religion has raped our civilization. Denying same-sex couples common human rights, for example, is a sin. Masturbation is a gift.
Sir Offerman, you are my hero.
My question is if you had to eat any fruit besides a tomato on a burger, what would it be?
Venison, the fruit of the plains.
I see you're coming to Boston to be in A Confederacy of Dunces on stage. My question to you is, can you be unlikable enough to play Ignatius?
I'll remind you that I am classically trained.
I AM ALSO PERFECTLY EQUIPPED TO PORTRAY A CORPULENT FOP.
Hi there Sir,
I saw you this spring in Bloomington on the Indiana University Campus shortly after Indiana RFRA was passed and the day the protection for LGBT was added. You spent a lot of time during the show addressing this controversial topic and stood behind your decision to not perform in Indianapolis despite the laws modification. In fact you promised and spoke at length for why you stood behind that decision. However you still performed in Indianapolis?
What made you change your mind on that and how do you feel that impacts your message of that evening at IU?
There was a lot of confusion surrounding this sequence of events, but simply put, we reinstated our Indianapolis show for a few reasons, which were documented in the press and on our Twitter accounts. The Indiana legislation and Governor Pence made a partial fix to their discriminatory language, to which I replied "A step in the right direction. Please keep walking." Megan and I received a very vocal response from our fans who were not into discrimination against the LGBT community - an overwhelming amount of support asking us to come and spread our message of love and 69 instead of depriving the tristate area. Finally, we determined that we would reinstate the show but donate 100% of the proceedings to the Human Rights Campaign, which seems to us like using the performance in a much more positive effort than simply canceling.
I also greatly enjoy your AMAs. This is mainly due to your way of speaking. What I had meant was when you give a long response like you gave above my first comment, if you had an idea where you were going with it or just happily rolled along till it seemed you should stop?
Do you and Ron Swanson share the same views on Canada?
We do not. Ron's attitude is merely provincial. Were he to visit Canada and walk her forests and canoe her many waters and taste of her further spoils, he would understand, as I do, that Canada is magnificent.
How do you feel about Captain Dipshit?
If you're referring to Nicolas Cage, I feel very enamored of him. His work in Raising Arizona was admirable, but the national treasures he unearths in National Treasure proves beyond a doubt that his brand of Illuminati mojo is the most salient.
I'm thinking of making a small, wooden gift for my girlfriend for Christmas.
What item would you suggest, and which wood do you think I should use?
Something personally relevant.
Whatever wood is appropriate for your project/skill level.
Oak, especially American White Oak, always carries the most emotional significance for me, but Megan has had gifts of oak, willow, lacewood, walnut, mahogany, cocobolo, and cherry, off the top o'me head.
it's weird how pleased i am to have the same favourite cheese as nick offerman. i mean i'm 34, goddamit.
Cheese is like that. An incontrovertible truth.
Nick, I hope you see this in the hopes a bacon amateur like myself can find some enlightenment.
What is your favourite bacon, bacon based or baconized dish to eat?
Bacon is amazing. If you are looking for more information, I suggest you find a hobby, or discipline that will satisfy your time. If, however, you are in the actual bacon business, please send me some bacon.
Mr. Offerman you possess a very impressive vocabulary. What is your favorite phrase or saying that excentuates your mastery of words?
Edit: I can't spell
"Excentuates" is a most pernicious misspelling of the noble verb whose root is simply "accent". I adore vocabulary as one of the most valuable tools to creative writing, and so I am always learning and making errors myself, and hopefully thereby buttressing my own usage.
In your first book, you talked a lot about growing up in Minooka and working in the Chicago area. What are your favorite places to visit when you are back in Chicagoland?
Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville
The Music Box Theater
The Art Institute
The Berghoff Restaurant
Wrigley Field! (can't wait for touring to allow me to throw out a first pitch or bellow the 7th inning stretch)
Nick - you've had a different path to fame than many, it seems.
As an aspiring actor, who's currently doing nothing other than being mildly entertaining within my social strata, what would your "one piece of advice" for the hopeless (like me) be?
(Outside of the advice-come-comedy-special I've already watched)
Find something else to do. Something you love. For me, it was woodworking. I lost myself in the discipline, and then when showbiz finally came inconsistently knocking, I was already happily ensconced in a life I loved. Entertainment is too treacherous a field to be the only one in which you plant your seeds (euphemism).
Nick, huge fan.
I live in the town next to your native land of Minooka. We recently took down a bunch of ash trees because of disease. I saved a few of the trunk pieces for possible end tables, or stools. Can I even make anything worth while out of ash, or have I wasted my time?
Ash is an amazing wood, although very hard. With properly sharpened tools, you can make anything of ash, but its traditional uses are baseball bat, axe handle, and dildo.
Wanna go to a Cubs game? Perhaps a playoff game even?
More than you know.
Mr. Nick, I need you personal professional opinion of Mr. T..? For science of course.
I read Mr. T's autobiography, MR. T ON MR. T, and I have to say it was a fascinating piece of work very much in his own voice. His story is truly inspiring, warts and all, and I can only find admiration for a fellow with the build of a Hercules who continually reminds us to "treat our mothers right".
What should I name my son who is yet to be born?
My money is on either Thacker Hample, or 2 names resulting in the initials "U.S."