Come Friday night, Ohio State students will get the chance to see a fan favorite for the second time.
Nick Offerman, best known for his comedy roles, including Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit show “Parks and Recreation,” will step foot onto OSU’s campus for the second time in the last four years because of efforts made by the Ohio Union Activities Board. While he may not bring his guitar along like his last visit, fans and audience members are sure to witness a show.
Tickets were free to students starting on Aug. 31, but as of last week, tickets were sold out.
“He was extremely well received four years ago and sold out this time, so he has definitely gained popularity since 2011,” said OUAB comedy chair Rania Khamees, a third-year in neuroscience and biology, in an email.
While Offerman’s crowning role came from “Parks and Recreation,” he is no stranger to all things comedy. Having been featured in blockbuster hits like “We’re the Millers,” “22 Jump Street,” “The LEGO Movie” and the recent “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl,” Offerman has played a wide range of comedy characters.
When asked why Offerman is so special amongst college students, Jackie Shreves, the vice president for OSU’s Sundial Humor Magazine, said it’s because of his uniqueness.
“He’s kind of like a bridge in the gap between our generation and the last one,” Shreves said.
Offerman’s latest projects include writing a second book. His first book, “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living,” became a New York Times bestseller. Offerman has also been busy touring the country on his comedy tour “Full Bash,” which students are likely to get bits and pieces from.
“He will be performing a new stand-up routine,” Khamees said.
Fans of Offerman already know his real persona isn’t far off from his “Parks and Recreation” character, but during his last visit, audience members were introduced to a romantic and faith-based man. While Offerman can sometimes talk about very personal and controversial topics like his love life with his wife, comedic actress Megan Mullally, Shreves said that’s sometimes a good thing.
“I think he’s pushing the boundaries in the right direction,” she said.
When asked what fans can expect, Khamees said, “great laughs and a night to contribute to the incredible experiences created at this university.”
The OUAB event “Nick Offerman LIVE!” is set to take place in the Mershon Auditorium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.