He is not a moustache, Chance Briggs, Ron Swanson, Axe-Cop, nor a number of minor roles that would have you saying “Hey…,” when you rewatched a film/TV show he was cast in pre-Parks And Recreation.
And yet, at the same time, you can see some of all of them in him as he stands on that stage in his now-moustacheless glory. He walked out on stage with his guitar and was somewhat concerningly alone.
This is where I would quip about Megan Mullally and if things had gone as planned, I would’ve opened with a bit about the fact that the couple was on their Summer Of 69: No Apostrophe tour but Offerman informed the crowd that she was sick with a flu and wouldn’t be making it that evening. It was unfortunate that we wouldn’t get all the material from their tour and would miss out on their chemistry on stage but I think everyone was content with the more intimate Offerman time we got. It was part their tour material (Mullally’s included), part Offerman’s solo material, and just a little bit of Ron Swanson.
He started off with his “Rainbow Song” that he wrote for his wife as a gift (as he is a major supporter or creating things for your significant other), which might come as a shock if you’re not used to Offerman’s more colourful solo material. His American Ham special is on Netflix if you would like an idea of what the show was like and want to know more about the Lucky Charms you can find in his pants or taking it in the pale (which is the butt). And that’s one of the more family-friendly songs.
Offerman got some good plugs in for his new book Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers which was fair as he talked about a few of the people highlighted in his book (lots of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy). He sang both parts for the couple’s opening song for their Summer Of 69: No Apostrophe tour, with “pudding blaster” being my favourite new term I learned. A song I’m going to just refer to as “The Day We Taught Jesus To Bone” was a good follow-up before Offerman rattled off some of the couple’s favourite sexual positions/acts. Favourites include: “The Cosby Show”, and “There Will Be Blood”.
Offerman went through the story of how their met and the blossoming of their love and how they’re just an ordinary couple who have fights like anyone else. A fight about whether or not to cut down oak trees block a view on a property had Offerman comparing the view with the trees vs. without, to something ordinary like Kevin James vs. the face of God had me laughing harder than anyone in my immediate vicinity. A song that was his wedding vows was followed by his own version of Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel” which was lovingly blocked from his special by her lawyers though thankfully not from being performed live. Some BC references were thrown in there which some people probably appreciated but I’m all about the Galactus reference.
The show was starting to come to a close as Offerman played their outro song. Apologies were once again made for the lack of Mullally and the moustache and someone in the crowd decided to be a genius and yelled out, “How many pounds of money do you have?” This elicited a request from Offerman for the heckler to please submit the material to Offerman’s website in the Awesome Comedy Writers section.
And on that note, the night was ended in the best way possible, which probably wouldn’t have happened if Mullally hadn’t gotten sick.
Offerman played “5,000 Candles In The Wind”.
And it was perfect.
This is a brief overview of personal highlights, given the unscheduled changes for the evening but even without Mullally, the night was great. Nick Offerman more than held his own on stage and made a good mix of solo and couple material. He said that the two would be doing this tour off and on for the next 2-3 years and that they would be back, so hopefully, we can the full show next time around. In the meantime, either see the show in another town or watch the American Ham special until they sweep back.