Many people know Nick Offerman from NBC’s hit show “Parks and Recreation.” Now his presence graces UAA with his “American Ham” tour, which shows a side of Offerman not many have seen before: musical comedy.
“It feels strange coming from a theater background to have no set, costume or props,” Offerman said in an interview with the L.A. Times. “It’s just me and a guitar. I’m honestly quite surprised that people find the show entertaining.”
For people unfamiliar with “Parks and Recreation,” Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson, a true “man’s man” in every sense of the phrase. He obsesses over meat, hunting, whiskey, breakfast and, of course, libertarianism.
Although Swanson and Offerman differ in a lot of ways, the line between the man and the character has been growing blurrier with time, because Offerman has adopted the character’s behaviors in his various other acts. However, there’s a distinction between Swanson’s character and the “American Ham” show. Offerman wants “Ham” to be a more philosophical affair.
“It’s a collection of cautionary tales, humorous anecdotes, a few solipsisms, with minor nudity and some songs,” Offerman said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “I don’t write jokes. I tickle them with a wry observation. … It’s my 10 tips for a prosperous life. Each tip is sincere. It’s sort of the broccoli secretly mixed into a pizza.”
That said, however, audiences should still expect a lot of meat-based humor thrown into the mix. After all, what good is humor without a little ham?
Nick Offerman’s “American Ham” will take place 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. The event is free for students taking 3 or more credits, and students can bring one guest. Students must have a valid UAA I.D. For more information, contact the UAA Concert Board at 907-786-1215.