Last Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing Nick Offerman, the actor who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, do stand-up, though it really shouldn’t be called stand-up–more a long speech about life peppered with musical numbers and general hilarity.
From what I gathered his personality doesn’t deter much from his meat-loving, government-hating, woodworking character on the show. But he’s a good bit less angry and a lot more heartfelt. And his show was, as well. After a host of comedians like Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Tosh, it was also refreshing to see a comedian who was pro-women, pro-equality, pro-gay, etc. He didn’t have to tell a rape joke. He didn’t have to make fun of minorities. Or those in this country who don’t have equal rights. And he managed to be funnier than all the hacks who rely on those sorts of things and then defend themselves in the name of comedy when what they’re saying isn’t even all that funny.
Among his advice for living was to go outside, spend less time on your iPhone, work with your hands, have romantic love and say please and thank you. He told some raunchy jokes but none were at the expense of women–in fact, most were just about how passionately he loves his wife of 13 years.
It was a gut-splitting show, and above all, inspiring, not just for life but for writing. It was a reminder to say and write what you think and believe. Into everything. Because if you don’t use your opportunities to speak to people for that, than what’s the point?
If you ever get a chance to see him, definitely go.