You’d have to be in a state of serious and tragic life-denial to not know who that is in the picture: Ron Swanson, a man of estimable tastes and non-variable facial expressions, a man of bacon and deviled eggs, a man who’s spawned no shortage of internet adoration, whether it be calls for his election to state government or whole websites devoted to cats who so happen to bear a resemblance to the mustachioed bossman of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department. Despite this profound fame, few know much about the man behind the man, the true-to-life inspiration named Nick Offerman, a longtime performer who has found a niche perfect for his persona. Offerman, a man who has a way with words, is a skilled woodworker, and he isn’t afraid to shed a tear. In advance of Offerman’s appearance at the Moontower Comedy Festival, we called him up to discuss his man vs. beast fighting preferences, the nature of real masculinity, and how it feels to sail down a river in a canoe you made yourself.

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