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Episode 337: Nerdist Podcast
Nick Offerman
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Nerdist Podcast: Nick Offerman

The amazing Nick Offerman sits down with Chris to talk about how the character of Ron Swanson came to be, starting his career in the theater, and what it means to be a man!

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  1. Martine says:

    Learning that Nick Offerman knows about German craftsmen traditions made my day.

  2. Findo Gask says:

    Fix your volume icon, eh?

  3. Gask says:

    Clicking the volume icon on the player opens up the page’s code.   Nerdist indeed. 

  4. Greg Shope says:

    All this talk of Megan Mullally… now I think she should be on the podcast as well. 🙂 How about it, Chris?

  5. Archie Campbell says:

    Illusion-XIII, this exchange reminds me of the old joke about why the arguments in academic faculties are so vicious: because the stakes are so low.

  6. Archie Campbell says:

    Illusion-XIII, it wasn’t an insincere comment: I enjoyed the show a lot, for the same reasons a lot of other folks have said they enjoyed it. But I don’t see why I have to demonstrate to anyone some sort of bona fides that I’m a “real” Nerdist fan in order to make a comment about something that I thought was discordant in it (but also amusing.). If it makes you feel better, I still like Chris Hardwick and I still like Nick Offerman, and have no plans to take up any dark art against either.

    • Illusion-XIII says:

      @Archie, glad to hear that you’re not planning any unforgivable curses.
      Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that you need to prove your Nerdist “qualifications” through obsequious commendations. Frankly, you don’t have to prove or demonstrate anything to anyone. You don’t owe anything to me, or any other Nerdist fan. I was really just making a commentary about communication, and the fact that certain prefaces become meaningless when immediately followed by nothing but negativity. I’m certain you can come up with countless examples you’ve experienced in your own life, if you think about it. I used the “No offense…” as one of the most obvious, but there are plenty of others. It’s the quick throwaway nicety meant to soften the blow of the criticism. “How’s my dress?” “It’s nice, but do you have to wear your hair like that?” You and I both know that never works, and I was just pointing it out. Did I need to call you on it? Nah, probably not, but I had an idle moment and your comment struck me, so I said something.

  7. Archie Campbell says:

    That was an enjoyable interview, save for the bizarre digression about how progressive the coasts (or at least California) are compared to flyover country. And not even all of California gets to bask in that reputation for progressiveness (two to three generations ahead!), only L.A. and the Bay Area, apparently. It was striking that Chris felt comfortable referring to most of the rest of the inhabitants of the state as “goop.” I’m not sure you could script a better satire of clueless elitism then that segment was by accident.

    The second thing is that I hope Nick Offerman wasn’t serious when he referred to Megan Mullally’s musical show as “enervating.”

    • Illusion-XIII says:

      @Archie, you might not want to bother even starting with “That was an enjoyable interview” if all you intend to do is criticize it. I’m not saying your points aren’t valid, but if all you plan on doing is pointing out everything you disliked about the show, starting with an insincere half-compliment just comes off as phony, like you’re just throwing that in as some attempt to sound balanced. It’s about as meaningful as “No offense, but…”
      If you really enjoy something, try pointing out something that was actually positive about it alongside the… let’s call them “opportunities for improvement”. Then you actually sound like you mean it.

  8. Ray says:

    Nick is a pretty cool guy. I kind of got a little annoyed when the two of them started talking about how everybody that doesn’t live in a big city are automatically backwards, bigoted, horrible people, but I guess that’s what everybody in Hollywood thinks so oh well.

  9. Admiral Kent says:

    Nick needs to play Oliver Reed in a big budget biopic and win an Oscar for it.

  10. dancebert says:

    I want Nick as my Zen Master.

    When Nick and Chris discussed others lack of tolerance they showed their own prejudices and intolerance for the beliefs of Christians, the working class and seniors.

  11. cionisdead says:

    This guy has a very infectious laugh and he’s not that bad of a guy either 🙂

  12. Katie Rogers says:

    The fact Nick Offerman has similar tone as Garrison Keillor and laughed like Krumm from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters makes everything about this podcast just warms my heart!

  13. froyo11 says:

    Well. I adore that laugh.

    Nick’s a pretty cool guy. And his tips on how to be a man are applicable to anyone. I actually wrote them down my[female]self