Entries tagged with: Nick Offerman
by Bill Pearis
The TV "yule log" -- a live broadcast of a fireplace -- is a holiday tradition that started here in NYC in 1966 on station WPIX. Others have copied the concept since but leave it to Nick Offerman to take it to new, Offermanian heights. Ostensibly an ad for Lagavulin, the Nick Offerman 'Yule Log' is 45 minutes of the comedian sitting in a big leather chair, by a fire, drinking scotch whiskey. Short of him eating a giant porterhouse while doing so, this is about as Nick Offerman as it gets.
Offerman is also in the new season of FX's Fargo, which is really, really good.
You may have already heard The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" from their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but you can now check out the video. It stars their old Parks & Rec buddy Nick Offerman as host of a '70s German TV show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show which is clearly a blend of The Old Grey Whistle Test and Rockpalast. After a brief and awkward interview with Colin Meloy, The Decemberists take the stage as a romantic drama featuring Offerman plays out behind the scenes. Funny and a little sweet, it was directed by Bill Fishman, who some of you may remember as making the 1988 cult classic Tapeheads. Watch it below.
The New York Comedy Festival will happen from November 5 - 9 and the initial lineup includes Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Bill Cosby, Chris D'elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and Amy Schumer. Here are the announced shows:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6Tickets are currently on fan presale (password is FNYCF) and will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 11 at 10 AM. Lots more NY Comedy Fest shows still to be announced, so stay tuned.
TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED - 8 PM - TOWN HALL
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
HANNIBAL BURESS - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
AMY SCHUMER: PROFESSIONAL - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
MARC MARON - 7:30 PM - NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
BILL MAHER - AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER - 7 PM - BEACON THEATRE
CARLY AQUILINO AND JESSIMAE PELUSO -- 7 PM -- NYU SKIRBALL CENTER
BILL COSBY - 8 PM - CARNEGIE HALL
CHRIS D'ELIA: UNDER NO INFLUENCE - 7 PM - TOWN HALL
MARIA BAMFORD - 9:45 PM - TOWN HALL
NICK OFFERMAN: FULL BUSH - 9:45 PM - BEACON THEATRE
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.
Offerman in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'
Nick Offerman, who we recently interviewed, produced and stars in new comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, which also features Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, and Kevin Corrigan. The film also features a score by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio. Here's the synopsis:
Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman stars in this deadpan comedic fable with touches of the supernatural. In possession of a magical suitcase, Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman), and the woman they both adore stumble through 35 years of unfulfilling entanglements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, this "highly original and delightfully unorthodox" (The Hollywood Reporter) ensemble piece features an original score by Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, showcases stunning animated sequences by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), stars Will & Grace's Megan Mullaly and character actor Marshall Bell (Total Recall), and boasts cameos by indie stalwarts Andrew Bujalski, Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, and others.You can watch the trailer below.
The film premieres in NYC this week at BAM Rose Cinemas (Mar 29--Apr 4). The 7 and 9:30 PM screenings on Friday, March 29 will also feature Q&A's with Offerman, Baio, Poulson and director Bob Byington. On Saturday, March 30, the 7 PM screening has a Q&A with Offerman and Byington, and the 9:30 with Offerman, Byington, and Poulson. Get your tickets now.
Doug Benson, in caricature form...
In other comedy/movie news, Doug Benson will be in NYC on April 2 at Gramercy Theatre to do a live taping of his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast. That is sold out, but he just added another Gramercy DLM appearance on July 1 and tickets for that show are on sale now and still available. All Doug Benson dates are below.
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train comedy show happens at Littlefield every Monday. This week's (3/25) guests include Hari Kondabolu, John F. O'Donnell, Rojo Perez, Ed Gavagan, and John McKeeverTickets are still available.
Speaking of Wyatt, he'll also be at The Bell House on March 31 as part of Tell Your Friends! The Spring Fling! with Janeane Garofalo, W. Kamau Bell and Allison Castillo. Tickets are still available.
Similarly named and at the same venue a few days later, Pretty Good Friends with hosts Eugene Mirman and John Hodgman comes to The Bell House on April 3. Wyatt Cenac will be at this one too, as will H. Jon Benjamin of Archer/Bob's Burgers/etc fame. Tickets are still available!
One more: A live taping of Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast happens at The Bell House on April 5. Guests include Max Silvestri, Ted Leo, chef Pichet Ong, and Siggy Flicker. Tickets are still available.
The Somebody Up There Likes Me trailer and Doug Benson tour dates are listed below...
by Klaus Kinski
In my opinion, the most prolific and iconic television character of the 21st century has got to be Ron Swanson from TV show Parks and Recreation. Mr. Swanson is played with pitch-perfect intensity and effortlessness by the great Nick Offerman and has become a towering icon of manliness, independence, self-reliance as well as an antidote to the disease of twinkish metrosexualism that has co-opted and threatens to redefine the sanctity of Red Wings, flannel shirts, and raw denim dungarees. Ron Swanson Forever, Forever Ron Swanson.
But that's just a character. Nick Offerman is a real person. And though there are some similarities between Offerman and Swanson, the character is hardly an autobiographical representation of Offerman. Nick started acting in theater companies in Chicago in the mid-90s. He was also a fight choreographer and master carpenter at the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago. In the late 90s he started getting work in movies and television shows. In the decade leading up to his breakthrough role in as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation Nick amassed a massive CV of acting roles, including that of wannabe Wild Bill Hickock assassin Tom Mason in my favorite all-time show Deadwood. He's also a master woodworker.
In addition to all of that, it turns out that Nick is also a master song-writer and storyteller, as evidenced in his brilliant one man show American Ham. Last year Nick brought his one man show to small stages in places like Los Angeles and New York and I happened to catch one of these shows at the UCB East. Without exaggeration, that show was one of the funniest, most satisfying show-going experiences in my life. In it, Nick elucidates the 10 basic tenets for prosperity through story and song and I cannot think of any other time that I was so entertained for such a sustained amount of time. American Ham is now on a large theater tour and will make it's way to New York City's Town Hall for two shows on Saturday March 2. The 7:00pm show is just about sold out, and the 10pm show is close to a sell out as well. I urge you to get tickets now for one of his NYC shows or a show that's happening at a venue near you.
I had a quick cyber-sit-down with Nick recently where we discussed cutting your teeth in Hollywood, the genius machine behind Ron Swanson, the brilliance of people like Corn Mo and Garret Dillahunt, a day's worth of meals that will have Vegans running for the bathroom gagging, and much much more. Read it below...
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Tickets for the individual nights of the Don Giovanni showcases with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Stormshadow, Lemuria, Jeffrey Lewis, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, and more go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (12/14) at noon with 2-day passes also go on sale.
Tickets for the newly-added Desaparecidos show at Webster Hall with Joyce Manor and States & Kingdoms go on AmEx and Fan (password: "backsell") presale today at noon.
Comedian and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman will be at Town Hall on March 2. Tickets are currently on Citi® Cardmember presale and will go on Live Nation presale today at noon.
Annuals is playing Mercury Lounge on January 12 with Slam Donahue, Ludwig Persik, and Tab the Band. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general on-sale starting Friday (12/14) at noon.
Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better) is playing Glasslands on January 11 with Carter and 12 x 12. TIckets for that show are on sale now.