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Live Chat with 'Parks and Recreation's' Nick Offerman on Thursday

May 3, 2011 |  2:17 pm

Nick Offerman In a cluster of comedic middle managers on prime time T.V., Nick Offerman has become the mustachioed secret weapon of NBC’s Thursday night lineup. Inhabiting the character of Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation," Offerman’s dry wit and burly machismo have helped stir up the show’s swelling popularity over three seasons.  Acting alongside a buzz-worthy comedic cast spearheaded by Amy Poehler, Offerman’s character plays the deadpan director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department.

Ironically, it took a long journey through obscurity to get his dream job as a government hack. Before picking up a role on "Parks," the Illinois-born actor honed a wide array of acting chops, starring in a cluster of comedic and dramatic roles in Chicago theater, network shows “24,” “The George Lopez Show” and a barrage of independent films. Offerman has also been featured in the Adult Swim series “Children’s Hospital” with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel.

On Thursday, Offerman will join us for a live chat at 11 a.m. PDT. Fans hoping to learn more about the man behind the mustache are free to ask him questions about anything from his farm boy upbringing, his real-life marriage to actress Megan Mullaly, who plays his volatile love interest “Tammy” on "Parks and Rec." Any questions referring to Offerman’s love of canoe building and sliced deli meats are also fair game.

 Photo: Nick Offerman  Credit: NBC


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