Nick Offerman talks woodworking, genitals and organized religion on his Full Bush tour.
At the State Theater in Minneapolis on Thursday night, Nick Offerman’s set started off rocky to say the least. Offerman kept referring to the University and stating that they had asked him to clean up his act. It was a funny bit, but it went on for so long that audience members began to wonder if he knew were he was performing.
The humorist, as he dubs himself, told stories and jokes as well as played music over the course of two hours. A little long, sure, but it was entertaining the whole time.
Although audience members were concerned that Offerman wasn’t aware of his surroundings, he made some pretty good jokes about the situation. Including a joke about the birth of the PG-13 rating coinciding with his own sexual awakening as a thirteen-year-old. This was not the last time that Offerman referenced his sexual adventures.
More than once, Offerman referenced his well-known wife, Megan Mullally. It was a nice change of pace from many comedians of this generation, who will many poke fun at their wives habits or just ruthlessly pick apart their marriages. Offerman worshipped Mullally on stage. One of the best stories of the night was the story of Offerman and Mullally meeting for the first time.
They met on the set of a play that Offerman was doing carpentry for as well as acting in. When Offerman was reading his Mullally assumed the part was not cast and Offerman was standing in.
“Wow the plumber is pretty good, they should just have him do it.”
Offerman told stories about starting off in really difficult field where he had to work as more than an actor on a production and it was cool to hear about those humble beginnings.
Offerman stuck out his woodworking career and still makes things in his shop in Los Angeles. If there is every an apocalypse, Offerman plans to use his skills to meet up with former co-star, Chris Pratt and survive off of the land.
His woodworking served him well during this set in particular. He wrote a song about making his own ukulele and played it on the ukulele that he made. Anyone who thought that he had not made the ukulele, and Offerman states that there have been some, clearly did not listen to the song, in which Offerman states that he made the ukulele.
Although Offerman presented material that was unique and quite different to the character that most people know him from, Ron Swanson, his best bit of the night came early on and had me in tears. Everyone loves a good Christianity joke, but it’s even better when part of the bit is just pronouncing Jesus Christ slightly wrong.
Hearing Jesus Christ pronounced phonetically is so beautifully simple and endlessly hilarious. Offerman didn’t use the premise of Christianity to be pious or holier-than-thou. He used it to ridicule the fact that some people believe that they are better than others because they believe a different set of wack stories. As he was referring to the bible as though it was a New York Times Best Seller, Offerman compared sins to spilling.
Offerman miming shooting hoops with paper towel for people to wipe up their spills with Oprah Style: “YOU GET A PAPER TOWEL!”
Offerman proved himself as a comedian and as a singer-songwriter but most importantly as more than Ron Swanson, a man we know and love.