7 Things I Learned about Parks & Recreation and the Cast at PaleyFest 2014

Alec and I went to the Parks & Recreation panel at PaleyFest this week at the Dolby Theater, and it was a pretty great way to spend a Tuesday evening. If you can get tickets to a fun panel, I suggest trying it, if only to see a new episode of the latest show a few days early. (But no spoilers, which co-creator Mike Schur requested). Oh wait, I have to mention that it was moderated by freaking Patton Oswalt and he was a hilarious genius, of course.

1. Amy Poehler is hilarious and clever and cute all time, especially two glasses deep into a nice white wine, which she had on stage and didn’t hesitate to pour for other cast mates.

2. Nick Offerman’s favorite guest star on P&R was Megan Mullaly (obvs).

3. Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) and Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate) are often asked if they are brother and sister in real life because they look so much alike. Alas, they aren’t.

4. Mike Schur, P&R co-creator, insisted that if Jerry (Gerry or Larry)’s work life was going to be so pathetic, than his home life had to be unexpectedly better than anyone’s. Hence, Christie Brinkley.

5. Back to Nick Offerman, who, with a full-grown beard (and just a bit of silver fox mixed in) is extremely handsome, especially in a well-tailored suit. Also, he’s done full-frontal (in Deadwood) and all the shots on the show of him wood-working are done in his personal wood-working studio at his home.

6. Amy Poehler was blown away by the amount of love fans started offering once the mic went to the crowd and almost teared up on stage.

7. Also, more Amy Poehler stuff: She said she felt like she and Leslie are almost the same person: “I love her exuberance. I’m a little lazier and more cynical and more checked out than she is,” Poehler said. “She tells everyone all the time what she’s feeling. What’s cool about her is there’s nothing cool about her.” Poehler also said that the P&R season finale was “bonkers” and would have “a lot of change.”

Can’t wait to find out about that tid-bit!

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