Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson, did a back-to-back show at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, MA on October 17, 2015. Although, he is portrayed as a comedian, he is actually more of a humorist versus a typical stand-up/comedic performer. He has a very different brand of humor, and surprisingly portrayed some through song, which I was not expecting in the least. When most people think of Nick Offerman, they probably expect his material to be similar to his Parks and Recreation character, Ron Swanson, however this is not the case. One thing the two do in fact have in common however, is woodworking, which he talked about a little in his show.
He started off the show talking about his wife, and how a lot of comedians use their spouses as targets for their comedy. Nick, however, told us how he could do that, but he chooses not too because he truly loves his wife, Megan Mullally, and wouldn’t want to put her down at all. Originally, these two shows were supposed to be an act between the two for the “The Summer of 69” tour, but due to unexpected circumstances, she was not able to partake.
Nick Offerman sang a couple of songs, which were a bit crude, but pretty funny, and had to do with him and his wife and other random things, and I was honestly not expecting his to sing as much as he did. It was funny though, some of the lyrics and rhymes he came up with.
After talking and singing about him and his wife, he got into his passion of woodworking, and said how he decided he wanted to make his own guitar, but soon realized how much work that would be and decided to start of making a ukulele instead. He brought out the ukulele to show us, and said how it could’ve been better and didn’t sound the absolute greatest, but it was a start, and then played us his ukulele song.
He talked a little more about woodworking after the ukulele skit, and mentioned how he is currently working on creating a set of songs based on Johnny Cash songs, but related to woodworking and some humor, and then played a couple for us. I love Johnny Cash songs, and Nick Offerman’s remakes were pretty hilarious.
Apparently, Nick Offerman also has a big fuss about one of Carrie Underwood’s songs called “Jesus Take the Wheel.” He complimented her a couple of times, and gave her props for her performance in the live Sound of Music show not too long ago, but how he feels no one has ever called her out on this one song. So he went into a bit of a rant about this one song, stating how the girl in the song shouldn’t just take her hands off the wheel during a skid and hope Jesus will take the wheel, but rather keep her hands on the wheel and turn into the skid like you’re supposed to do. He felt like this part of the show was a real downer, but stated it was something he just had to say.
Since most people know of Nick Offerman because of the show Parks and Recreation, at the end of the show he mentioned the show, and decided to play a special song for us from the show. The song he played was the famous “Goodbye Lil Sebastian” song, and ended the show with that.
I honestly didn’t really know what to expect before going to his show. He even told the audience that he wasn’t a comedian, but decided to give his best try at being a humorist, and just wanted to make people enjoy themselves. He performed for a little over 1 ½ hours, and actually sang quite a few songs, many more than I actually expected he would. It was a little odd having him sing so much because it wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was still funny, and a good time to watch. Overall, I am extremely happy that I was able to watch Nick Offerman’s show, and hope that I will be able to get tickets for Megan Mullally and his show, “Summer of 69,” next year when they intend to come back around to the Wilbur theater.