Nick Offerman

  • Aired:  10/28/13
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"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman shares his love of woodworking and remembers an ill-fated Budweiser audition. (5:40)

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A STAR OF "PARKS AND RECREATION."

HIS BOOK IS CALLED "PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE."

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM, NICK OFFERMAN.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]WELL DONE, SIR.

[CHEERS & APPLAUSE]WELL DONE, SIR.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE SCOTCH.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WE ALWAYS LIKE TO BE

HELPFUL.

THIS IS THE BOOK HERE.

"PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE."

ONCE AGAIN, I'M OFFENDED BY SOMEONE PEDALLING HOLLYWOOD

VALUES SUCH AS HARD WORK AND LOVING YOUR WIFE.

>> WELL -- >> Jon: WELL, PEOPLE READ THIS

BOOK AND LIVE BY THE CODE OF OFFERMAN.

HAPPY, HAPPY LIFE. >> IT'S SMUT. IT'S RIFE WITH

FLANNEL SHIRTS.

>> Jon: YOU'RE A RENAISSANCE MAN.

>> I'M A MIDWESTERNER WE CALL IT.

[LAUGHTER]SADLY THESE DAYS IF YOU KNOW THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER AND A STANDARD HEAD,

YOU'RE A RENAISSANCE MAN. >> Jon: THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING.

THIS CANOE, IS THIS THE ACTUAL CANOE THAT YOU BUILT?

>> THAT'S MY FIRST CANOE.

I BUILT THAT IN A SHOP IN REDHOOK BROOKLYN, ACTUALLY.

WE WERE LIVING IN TOWN.

MY WIFE WAS DOING A BROADWAY SHOW AND I WAS BORED.

[LAUGHTER]SO I BUILT MY FIRST CANOE.

>> Jon: NOW WE ALL HAVE THEM SINCE HURRICANE SANDY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WE ALL HAVE TO LEARN HOW

TO BUILD CANOES.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START -- BECAUSE WOODWORKING -- WOULD YOU

SAY YOU KNOW HOW TO DO MANY THINGS?

WOODWORKING IS MAYBE THE PASSION.

>> SURE, YEAH, IF I HAD TO PICK ONE THING BESIDES WORKING AS A

CLOWN, IT WOULD BE MAKING THINGSOUT OF WOOD.

>> Jon: YES.

WHAT IS IT -- BECAUSE I ALSO -- I HAPPEN TO DABBLE.

WHEN DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN WOODWORKING?

HOW DID IT BECOME A PASSION?

YOU MAKE YOUR OWN FURNITURE. >> WELL, I GREW UP USING TOOLS.

MY FAMILY ARE THESE GREAT FARMERS AND MY DAD IS AN AMATEUR

FURNITURE MAKER THROUGH MY YOUTH.

AND THEN I STARTED BUILDING SCENERY PROFESSIONALLY FOR MANY

YEARS BECAUSE I COULDN'T GET GOOD PARTS IN THE PLAY.

>> Jon: YOU CAN NOW. >> CAN I BUILD THE CASTLE?

>> Jon: AND THEN IN LOS ANGELES,TURNS OUT THERE WASN'T A GREAT

THEATER COMMUNITY LIKEIN CHICAGO SO I STARTED

BUILDING WHATEVER I COULD.

I HAD SORT OF AN EPIPHANY THAT ILOVED MAKING OLD SCHOOL HEIRLOOM

FURNITURE PIECES. >> Jon: BEAUTIFUL STUFF.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR THING?

>> MY DEVICE?

>> Jon: YOU GOT TO SEE THIS THING.

IT IS -- FOR SOMEONE THAT HASDONE

WOODWORKING -- I MADE MY SON'S CHANGING TABLE WHEN HE WAS BORN

AND I LOOKED AT THIS THING AND IFELT INCREDIBLY BAD ABOUT

MYSELF.

YOU GOT TO SEE THIS.

CAN WE GET THIS?

WHICH IS THE GOOD CAMERA?

ONE?

LOOK AT THIS BAD BOY.

HE MADE THIS.

TELL US WHAT THIS IS.

>> THAT'S A REDWOOD BENCH.

I RUN A SHOP -- I WAS -- >> Jon: SO BEAUTIFUL.

>> I DESIGNED IT AND WORKED ON IT. BUT I HAVE A LOT OF GREAT

HELP.

FOR ME TO SAY I MADE THESE IS RIDICULOUS.

ABOUT 16 OF US MADE THIS.

A GREAT OUTPOURING OF LOVE.

IT WAS A DONATION TO MY ALMA MATER, THE UNIVERSITY OF

ILLINOIS.

IT WAS EMBARRASSING WHEN YOU SAID I MADE THIS.

>> Jon: BUT YOU MADE THE TREE.

HE MADE THE TREE.

>> I DID.

I GREW THE TREE.

>> Jon: NICK OFFERMAN MADE THE TREE THAT THAT TABLE CAME FROM.

>> REALLY YOU JUST PLANT A SMALLCONE.

YEAH.

CONIFERS ARE EASY. >> Jon: AND YOU WAIT 300 YEARS

UNTIL IT GETS OLD AND SICKLY.

AND THE ONE THING I TRULY IDENTIFY WITH, YOU TELL A STORY

OF WHEN YOU REALIZED THE DIFFICULTY OF LIFE IN ACTING

WHEN YOU WENT ON A BUDWEISER AUDITION.

>> IT WAS A HORRIBLE DAY.

>> Jon: A HORRIBLE DAY.

BUT NOT HORRIBLE BECAUSE OF THE CALIBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE

THERE WITH YOU.

>> YEAH, IT WAS -- SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE DOES.

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE TRYING TO GET ABREAK.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO IS GO AUDITION FOR ANY COMMERCIAL.

YOU REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, I COME FROM A -- I'M A CLASSICALLY

TRAINED THEATER ACTOR AND YOU'RESITTING IN A ROOM WITH A BUNCH

OF YAHOOS BECAUSE ANYBODY WHOCAN MAKE A FUNNY FACE CAN GET

THIS JOB.

THAT'S WHEN I NOTICED THE GUY WHO PLAYED OGRE ON REVENGE OF

THE NERDS. >> NERDS!

>> YEAH.

A HERO OF MINE. >> Jon: A HERO.

>> GOD, EVEN THAT GUY HAS DONE ALOT OF GREAT MOVIES.

ACROSS THE ROOM, I SAW CARMINE, FROM LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY.

>> Jon: THE BIG RAGOO. >> I FELT LIKE A GREEN HORN.

I THOUGHT EVEN CARMINE NEEDS TO MAKE HIS RENT.

>> Jon: YES.

JUST HAVING BEEN ON SOME OF THOSE AUDITIONS.

I CAN REMEMBER IN THE EARLY DAYSOF PEEWEE HERMAN.

HE WAS THE BIG THING.

EVERYBODY WOULD SHOW UP AND HAD ON THE RED BOW TIE.

YOU THOUGHT, I'M SUCH A [BLEEP].

IT GOES CRAZY.

BUT YOU STAYED WITH IT AND NOW LOOK AT YOU.

WELL, IT'S FINE LIFE LESSONS FROM THE RENAISSANCE MAN.

"PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE."

NICK OFFERMAN, EVERYBODY.

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