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DP/30 Emmywatch: Parks & Recreation, actor Nick Offerman

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10 Responses to “DP/30 Emmywatch: Parks & Recreation, actor Nick Offerman”

  1. anghus says:

    Ron Swanson is my favorite character on television right now. Parks and Recreation is the best show on TV by a country mile.

    The episode where he teaches the little girl about Government…. i haven’t laughed that hard in ages.

  2. Ann says:

    I will consider it a travesty if Nick Offerman and the show are not nominated for all the awards coming up.
    But Nick is right that awards shows don’t always get it right. Here’s hoping Parks and Recreation gets the recognition it deserves.

  3. nikki whisperer says:

    The man is a national treasure.

  4. hcat says:

    Swanson is an amazing creation. And being from the midwest myself, one that is entirely accurate. They really walk the line well of putting the personal beliefs up for ridicule while still making him honorable and likeable.

  5. MarkVH says:

    Too right Anghus – “It’s ever too early to learn that the government is a greedy piglet suckling at the taxpayer’s teet until they have sore, chapped nipples. I’m gonna need another metaphor to give this nine-year-old.”

    Ron f’ing Swanson owns all.

  6. sanj says:

    nice interview but you could have spent like 5 minutes giving a tour of the place.

  7. hcat says:

    So I just looked him up on IMDB and was amazed that he is only 40. I would have pegged Swanson as in his early 50s at least. Respect the guy even more now for pulling off the role.

  8. Krillian says:

    Ron Swanson is easily one of the top five characters on all of television.

  9. Derek says:

    Thanks David for this wonderful interview. It’s nice to see someone just talk and not just sell.

  10. BishopJuice says:

    “I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food”

    – Ron Swanson

    I get this guy.

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