Dec 122013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Nick Offerman was a serious theater actor when he was cast as meat-eating, scotch-drinking boss Ron Swanson in the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation — and now he’s the nation’s foremost symbol of purest manhood. Offerman has just published a book of of manly advice called , so we’ve invited him to play a game called “Time to take off the shirt and count the chest hairs.” Three questions about extreme, masculine sports.

Transcript:
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
And now the game where we bring on influential people and try to influence them in the wrong direction. It’s called Not My Job. Nick Offerman was a serious theater actor when he was cast as meat-eating, Scotch-drinking boss Ron Swanson in the hit sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” And now he is the nation’s foremost symbol of purest manhood.
Nick has a book out of manly advice called “Paddle Your Own Canoe.” We are delighted to have him with us. Nick Offerman, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!
(APPLAUSE)
NICK OFFERMAN: Thank you.
SAGAL: So I have been binging on “Parks and Rec” this week. It is hilariously funny. But if there are people who don’t know who Ron Swanson is, can you describe him?
OFFERMAN: He’s a man of few words. He’s the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in a small Indiana city called Pawnee. He likes breakfast food and dark-haired women, and he likes spending time by himself, out of doors.
SAGAL: Right. But that – I mean, that only scratches the surface of the wonder that is Ron Swanson. And he has become kind of a symbol to a lot of – very seriously, even though it’s a very funny character, because he likes the old-fashioned values: raw meat or meat; and manly sports, and he frowns at all these things like yoga and all these other modern conveniences. He’s like a man’s man.
OFFERMAN: Sure. He espouses the libertarian ideals and would prepare that everyone leave him alone, and a great source of humor is that he hates the government. And so as an employee of said government, he’s trying to bring it down from within.
(LAUGHTER)

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