Nick Offerman: American Ham – TBS Just for Laughs Chicago

Last but not least, I took in Nick Offerman: American Ham on Saturday night at The Vic. This was another show where coming in I had no idea what to expect. I love Nick as Ron Swanson, but I wasn’t sure what kind of a live performance I was about to see.

Nick’s wife, comedic actress Megan Mullally, opened the show with her band by singing a few songs. Offerman took the stage with no shirt on, as the show is billed to have brief nudity.

He isn’t much of stand-up comedian, nor did he try to be. He used the show to highlight his ten tips for life. Tips ranged from “say please and thank you” to “use intoxicants.” For each tip he had a humorous story or viewpoint that helped move his point along.

As Ron Swanson is in Parks and Recreation,  Nick Offerman is a man’s man. He suggested people stop spending so much time playing with their machines and learn a craft. He thinks social media is crazy, citing the fact that McDonald’s wants you to be their friend on facebook. It wasn’t all serious philosophical advice though. He played songs about always having a handkerchief and getting high with Jesus.

This site has somewhat of a love affair with Ron Swanson the character, but after seeing American Ham, it’s good to know that we feel the same way about Nick Offerman the actor.

 

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