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Parks and Recreation 10th Anniversary Reunion at PaleyFest LA 2019: Full Conversation

May 31, 2021
good evening I come to you tonight from the place where I am standing which is here and I did not forget my microphone the story of tonight's event is that it is happening and what is happening is this the cast of a television show is getting together and that TV show whose cast is reuniting is the late night writer I'm just kidding just kidding that was a joke I made and not a serious answer the serious answer is Parks and Recreation I'm waiting for your applause and it looks like it's over and so I'll continue talking now that The entire cast is here, which is appropriate because they were the people who appeared on the show, so that's true, and now, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, let's bring out a different person, a person who will be your host. of the night and that person's name is Patton Oswald Thank you, perd hapley ladies and gentlemen, oh my goodness, thank you all for coming.
parks and recreation 10th anniversary reunion at paleyfest la 2019 full conversation
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panel Bailey let's bring them up. We, like April Ludgate, welcome Aubrey Plaza. Wow, he did it luckily like Andy Dwyer. Chris Pratt Someone Gets Their Fitbit Points Tonight as Tom Haverford Aziz Ansari as Ann Perkins Rashidah Joan as Leslie Knope Amy Poehler as Ron Swanson Nick Offerman as Ben Wyatt Adam Scott as Donna mEagle Retta as Chris Traeger Rob Lowe Co-Creator Showrunner and Producer executive Michael Shure and like Jerry gergich Jim o'heir you guys already know how much of a fan I am of this show, how much I loved watching it basically and I've said it before, this show is like watching a perfect free Tom McCarthy movie that's 22 minutes each week on network television, it was such a richly drawn world.
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Am I clearly referring to Michael when you started? Did you know you were going to expand and create the kind of universe you had? What was this your goal obviously when you started the program or were you going to keep it contained and then? it just kept growing well, first of all, this is amazing, thank you all for coming, no, obviously, we didn't know, we certainly didn't know that we were going to expand it to the level that it expanded that we thought we were getting. canceled like all the time the goal when Greg Greg Daniels couldn't be here tonight he has a little note that we'll read later he couldn't be here he's a Pisces in Vancouver shooting but when he and I set out to create the show the idea was that there was adapted the office and the office was a fictitious business, so we decided to do it.
parks and recreation 10th anniversary reunion at paleyfest la 2019 full conversation
There was a private sector, so we decided to make a fake public sector and then immediately it was like, oh, if this lasts a while, it can be a whole world if we're going to invent a fake city and we'll have a fake government and we'll have fake people who will come to these meetings and we will have news anchors who will be perd hapley. guys and so it was the dream, the dream was just to build it and keep seeing the same people in a cycle, we never imagined that it would last seven years and that we could actually do it and When we finished, we had all these hundreds and hundreds of people, it was like it became like The Simpsons, where there were these minor characters, yes, at any time you can go, this is perfect for Joan Callamezzo or whoever, to come in.
parks and recreation 10th anniversary reunion at paleyfest la 2019 full conversation
The fact that we actually made it to the show stayed up in the air long enough for us to get to that point. It's just a crazy fever dream. I can't believe it happened. Yes, in some ways it's almost even more than the Simpsons you have. the geography of this city in your head and at one point you would see the sewage dump character from Oh Kirk Fox, he must be dealing with the consequences of this scene, I'm like who's going to have to deal with the soap I want. To start with Amy on this and then talk to everyone, how much input did you have on your characters once they were written and once you started playing them, you guys clearly kept bringing different things to these characters, they're all so alive?
And it's real, how much input did you have in that sense? I think we all had a lot of freedom to play and expand and go deeper into who we were playing, I mean, but I think we also brought a lot of ourselves to the table. I think about a lot of these characters because we really had to play pretty real things, since it was like a documentary style, so I think there's a real combination of characters that are already on the page, thought out and written, and then who was wearing costume. I filled it out, you know, but I'm totally overwhelmed.
We thought about 40 people would come here, like Katt Williams, later. I mean, if I remember reading an interview with you, Nick, where you said that you met someone who based on Ron Swanson was something that you saw interviewed or interacted with who was basically Ron Swanson and you kind of brought a lot of that, it was a guy who didn't like the government or work or something like that or not. Mike Mike and Greg, when they were creating the show, they met with a government official in Burbank and that's all I can say is who's name is Julie Julie, yeah, that's knowing you'll find her.
Her name is Jay Stephenson. They found a city official who was a libertarian and who hated the government and that was the impetus and interestingly enough she was a woman and that was the impetus for Ron Swanson's stance, well we said we did a lot of research and he told this woman , let us ask you a question like we have this design of a character who is in the government but he is a libertarian and he literally wants to take down the government like literally the level of like at one point run What is the talking head like where he says he wants to get rid of the traffic lights?
So we said who we were, we're crazy, she's too crazy and she said no, I'm a libertarian and we said really and she said, yeah. I'm aware of the irony, well, I didn't exist and that's all we needed, but to your question, I would say especially for both of them, those two in the middle, like that, their characters, their Venn diagram of who they are. as people and This is true for everyone, who they are as people and who their characters are. It's not a single circle, but it overlaps a lot and you know that Ron Ron Swanson became Ron Swanson because the writers took a trip to Nick's woodworking shop in real life, where he was doing things with him with him he just liked it. do things they do and and and like he was like well here's the canoe that I just built early and we all felt very weak we felt very weak and fragile and you know this gentleman here when I met with him to talk about his participation in the show, he had just been part of a group of people who had shopped at Miramax libraries and I said, how does that happen?
How do you become a person who is the kind of person who can buy Miramax and what he said he said I'll tell you the story I was literally on a yacht in Cyprus at the time Chris before that sentence Chris Traeger didn't exist and then he said I was literally on a yacht in Cyprus or whatever he said. My mind went blank and then that's what Chris Traeger was when I finished the show. Mike gave it to me as a big gift and I have it framed in my office and it's your notes that Mike wrote after that first meeting with me and I always wondered how much of Chris was me and how much of Chris was Mike and in your your notes it's , it's, it's my, look, Alma said it, he says, he says literally well.
So there's a question for you, Robin and Bradham Scott, you came on the show later, in a very established universe and with a lot of established relationships, so what was that like? This is one of the most deeply realized groups of characters and then for you. fit into that world the way you did, they had, what was that process? It was crazy because I remember very clearly we were waiting outside the doors of the parts department down the hall, Rob and I were waiting outside the doors to be queued to get in. because when we walked in and we started pointing, our first scene was our first scene, Amy and Nick and stuff, and I remember waiting there for the PA to tell us to come in and just being like holy, okay, okay, Rob Lowe is. standing there like on this show I like, I watched the show so now I was inside the show I just had to get out of my head and stop thinking about Rob Lowe and being inside a TV show now was really scary, Chris and Aubrey.
April and Andy are so real and organic and you also know Rashida from the beginning. I'm talking about it like it's people that I knew like, oh my gosh, you get down with him, but do you know how organic that process of yours was? guys realized that, oh no, those characters were going to go in the direction they were going, it almost felt like those characters went off script and were living their own lives. It was really interesting to see that in general on the show and do it. Do you remember what that was like? You're talking to me?
Yeah, well I do remember there was an episode where everyone was hunting, yeah, and that was and I couldn't go and we had to stay back and there was no Actually, it was the B story that they were cutting back to, since you know that they were all in this hunting lodge and I think some of them got shot and it's very funny, but they kept cutting back to us, just running the


department and stuff. and it was really like we had it, it was like a chemistry read during the making of the show, so I don't think we really got along and it was like this cat in dog title. relationship and you know it was my idea that's true now and I know you just like your character this is like watching a tape of the show as far as I remember and I don't really remember anything there was an episode before I think it was the end of the first season where we were hanging out or eating cake, yeah, maybe for sure, and there was something about you trying to write the kind of music and the whole time I was saying: I'm into this, whatever. whatever he's saying, I'm into this, I understand exactly what he's saying and all the other characters were like, I don't get it, yeah, I think the idea came like maybe the instinct was that you know Andy's music.
It was so terrible. No one should like him and in the spirit of irony that dominates her personality, I think she chose to be like no, I really like him, that's the last thing you would expect from me is to like this guy or his music and then and then I said : "It's cool, she likes my music, you know, it wasn't hard for April, oh yeah, and now two things about the show that must have felt very surreal to you while you were doing it were the things that were some." of which were almost finished are throwaway jokes that have entered the vernacular and have entered reality, treat yourself, yes, and Galentine's Day.
I even think there are certain people that I see on Instagram that are these weird fitness gurus and it's all, it's just Chris Traeger. They are the ones who see the curtain fall. I'm going to and they're building multi-million dollar empires. How does that feel when people like something and Swanson's pyramid of excellence? How does it feel when that slips away? and it becomes the reality that people live in so I've been doing this for a long time and it took me being on the show that I finally got a catchphrase so I was so excited it's like it was my version of what You talking about Willis, yeah, yeah, I think someone told me that again.
I almost said it, they literally changed, you know, they had to change the definition, yeah, oh, yeah, this is true. Webster's Dictionary changed the definition of the word literally not to meaning literally or figuratively, those are the two definitions of the word letter that claim I've known you for a long time since college and what bothers you the most is when people use ' I literally don't know how you feel' Poehler but I think we're all very proud of the idea that Galentine's Day is something we already know, but this, for some reason, this year put me off a little bit because I was going on Twitter and Sean like Hey ladies, this Galentine's Day, why not share a Mountain Dew Code Red with you?
I was like: what does that have to do with Galentine's Day? I feel like trying to go into Target and everything you see, get yourself, you don't get it, you two should literally get like 31 cents every time, yeah, it's disgusting, a mug like with an owl on it and it was like and then the something else beyond those things. of the show leaving the show and existing in the world now is and I'm sure you've been interviewed about this all the time because I've seen articles all the time about how horribly predictive this show was for our modern day.
Is the situation a nice feeling or is it, oh God, maybe you know, how is it possible? If you basically called the 2016 election for God's sake, thank you, the Cubs were the bright spot, you just know if we had Bobby Newport in it. Yeah, I mean, someone asked me on that press line about Leslie Knope, you know, we need her now and I feel like we don't, she's like the Spider-Man of public service, she's a little bit, she feels a little bit. like you're looking at the sky like Leslie we're like a real person you know she fights for the underdog and believes people can work together and treats them with respect,That's all like that.
It's her motto and her creed and it's like I wish she were present but she couldn't have any access to the White House. I don't know, I think she went and remember we started the show after Obama. It was a very optimistic time for many of us, believing that change could happen because you know our president's face was very different, our world was going to be different and that's why we started that show in such a different way. At that point it would be really interesting to start it now, I don't know, either we're great or the same, I'm not sure, but hmm and then of course the other big thing I'm sure a lot of us think about. watching the to fire fest documentaries there were Tom Haverford and jean-ralphio, it's Santana and forgive me, it's literally your company, but it's very strange that there are so many things like when I say, oh, that seems like something from Mike and the They would have invented jockeys like Tom and John Ralphie, oh, we're definitely friends with Billy Magnifico.
I liked it, I was reading a bit like that the other day, college admissions scandals like that, it's an Eagleton thing. Oh, one of the fire festival documentaries. used clips, oh yeah, it was just the two of you, ding-dongs, in a big white room, like playing basketball with Detlef Schrempf and I'm sorry, I have to say this, it's literally 70s entertainment. I remember when we started filming in the entertainment offices 720, there was like a video. from a yacht I was like what is this? This is like just pictures of a yacht. That's what those guys did.
Yes they did it. It was as if they had seen the episode. here's the plan oh my god yeah if Tom and John Tyrrell feel like they could have gotten ja Rule yeah they could have found their way to ja Rule we're golden we got this now Jim maybe the most zen character on the television, literally, literally, absorbing and levitating through the abuse was just I loved it there's an episode where we're so nerdy for the show. I'm so sorry, but there's an episode where Ron Swanson and Chris Traeger cook the two burgers and they revealed that Jerry has a Jer, you have a boy that you abused Kyle, yeah, yeah, and you're like, will you shut up later?
Oh he has a person, imagine Kyle's life, horrible, yes he was great, he is married to Cindy Crawford, yes there were moments one. This particular time with Chris, I remember you saying, I don't know if I wanted to do this because it was a big hit from Jerry and let's be real, people love them. You were feeling bad because the man has a huge heart that you really should be examined because I'm sure there's something, remember how you say no it's okay just the paychecks are the same everything is okay now you guys would always do something called fun, would they do the scene a few times?
Bun run was that from the beginning you would make the fun races yeah from the beginning the idea was always that you know you block out a certain amount of time to film any scene and we filmed the show in such a simple way with two cameras you know what which is called cross coverage, which means you're shooting everyone, everyone is facing the camera all the time instead of just shooting in one direction, so someone has their back to the camera, they're not really in the scene and the idea was always the The last five minutes is like you're trying to finish the take with the scene with five minutes left and then you're like "do whatever" and it's like it's usually good, it's a disaster, that's where a lot of mistakes came from. , but if. that was always the goal was to set aside five minutes for the actors to do whatever they wanted and sometimes things happen that we'd say oh wait, let's see that and we'd do another


take of the scene with a new line or a new joke or something, I tried to carrying that technique into the next series I did, I did a CBS procedural called 731 just didn't translate in some ways, it's not for every show, yes, for every show, but it turns out how many iconic and memorable moments came from.
The fun though was where you were really surprised, oh this is now part of the show or stop pooping, it was fun. I would say that I feel like I owe something every time we all get together. I feel like I need to tell the story that was. It wasn't really into background management, the other thing we did was save the actors, like there were certain jokes where it's like this is what we wrote, but do something different every time and, like with Aziz , it would be as if it were us. I wrote a reference to some rapper or something and it was just a sign to him that this man changes this every time, but in one of those moments, Chris Pratt improvised the biggest joke we've ever told.
I have to tell the story even though it bothers me deeply because I'm a writer and I should be able to write things as good as this, but I've never gotten that thing, but it was when Leslie had the flu and Adam was leading. she left the office and Norma he, who was on set at the time, said to Chris, you know, as we walked by, you say whatever you want in the story is that he was free and he was filling in for Ron's assistant. And Ron liked that because he was so profoundly incompetent that nothing was done and so they passed him and Leslie like the fluid, she's miserable and she's bundled up and as she walks next to Chris she says, hey Leslie, I wrote your symptoms on the computer. here and it says you have, you might have network connectivity, really and then it got Jurassic World and those two things now, wait before you do that, although we told the story of what you filmed when you were backstage when we did this. videos where you were backstage at the show and you made a joke, it's cool, this is the crazy story that comes out of this show, okay, so this is Wow, I'm really going to date myself at the show, it was like before they had iPhones.
This is called inverted video, right? And remember it was like a look, it was like the camera feature on your iPhone, but on a separate handheld device, kids, someone came up to me and said, Chris, would you do anything behind the scenes for parks and


? website, I mean, everyone here said no to this day, so it got to me and I thought great, this was good. I was making a video on my trailer. I'm covered in dirt and I was just improvising. Right now and I and I, while we were doing the phone, I got an actual text from whoever it was at the time and it rang and you could hear it on the video and I was like, oh, they just texted me and this was five or four, maybe four years before.
I got Jurassic World maybe even six years or something and I was like, uh, just and you can watch this video online if you watch it online, it's going to be a lot cooler than this story, but I think I'm going to continue, I said, I basically said it's Steven Spielberg here we go, that was crazy, or give me a job and I said I'll have to get it, but I'm in the process of making Parks and Rec and I'm making this behind the scenes video and We'll get back to you about Jurassic Park for success Submit and then, like five years later, this show predicted things, now you know, all the funny things, all the great comedic moments, you know, but then there were really surprising and heartfelt moments, not just touching ones.
Moments but serious, oh, maybe I should rethink the moments in my life, the one that was most surreal to me. I remember watching this, it was the episode where John Larroquette guest starred and gallons by gallons, yeah, and it's Leslie that was dating. Justin casts the character and there's this whole thing where he's going to reunite Leslie's mom with this kid who in that's John Larroquette's character and it's a huge disaster and Justin saying "Oh my God, that was so funny, how horrible it was." and what a great story, and Leslie and it begins.” to realize this guy is kind of shit but he's not that good and out of nowhere Leslie and Ron Swanson have one of the deepest


s about where he's going, he's a tourist, he's just here for the stories, he doesn't care What I destroyed and It was kind of like, you know when you're writing a scene like that?
How do you fit into that? Because then you return to the comedy and the comedy also takes you to that moment. Is it a struggle because? It felt so natural and I didn't really feel like it was worth grinding the gears to get to this moment. It totally followed where the characters were going and was pretty impressive to watch. Honestly, it was part of the design of the show and this came up. of Greg Daniels in the office it's like he said look, it's not easy to do this because it's like sincerity and honesty and clinginess is like the opposite of coldness, you know, and and and greg always said that we're going to carve, that We're going to take a little bit of time on each episode of The Office and just break it down and say there's not going to be any jokes here, there's going to be some kind of heartfelt emotional thing between the characters and it's hard to do because it feels tacky, it feels like the People will think I'm not cool if we write these things, but it was so obvious for that show that he said that's why people still watch that show.
People still see Ross and Rachel's friends and they still see Jim and Pam's office, so from the beginning that was just the design that we did with Leslie and a lot of Hult, the show, yeah. The show was like Greg and I pitched this show as a show about female friendship with Leslie and that was the core of the show, so the pilot is about their meeting and I think the saddest thing I felt on set was the episode in which Chris and Ann left and moved partly because it was the end of an era and also because Rashida and Amy were very good friends in real life and Rashida was going to take this great, crazy job writing Toy Story 4. which was really cool and everything was like yeah everything was like everything was happy and great but like this scene when you look at that, if you look at that shot that's in the episode, it's just two really good friends saying goodbye. others even and they're happy and they're crying and it's like let's not overwrite this, let's not try to spin this, just have these two women in this nice scene together and it's devastating, I mean, I.
That was the saddest thing I've ever felt saying goodbye to you, she's you, I didn't care, well that was going to be my next question for Amy and Rasheeda, that was one of the best representations of a real friendship, Emmitt, they they are not. completely in sync and in agreement and all that, but they love each other so much that the things they will never agree on actually improve the friendship. If they were careful to know, make sure it wasn't so perfectly connected. pieces of the puzzle, they were real people who will disagree on things and have real fights and then real makeup and stuff, and yes, like Mike said, there's a Venn diagram of real people and characters and because Amy and I are very close and We've been friends for a while, I think that really helped inform and shape that relationship, but you also know things like Leslie thinking and like the best, the smartest, the most beautiful, but, whatever you know , naive moths that break the rules, I mean, there's something that's so cute and It's sweet to me because in some ways it was like she was fine and she and she just reinforced her a lot as a human being and to me that's the core like all my girlfriends and we talk about it. this all the time this is how we interact with each other this is how we actually interact instead of you know, you know, these two types of caddies, you know, diametrically opposite women, most girls have friends who are like that, that's amazing, you're cool, like how can I? help you, how can I support your life and make you a better person? or what can we talk about, you know? to make you feel better about your own life. play because there really aren't many opportunities to do that, there's not much like this team and you know, I just want to tell you that if I ever hear you talk about something like that, she's perfect and perfect, I'm sorry, I think I'll say this, I think potential pop I think the best episode we've ever done may have been the one that Amy wrote in season 3 called the fight, first of all the B story of that episode is snake juice and on top of that the whole talking head everyone's tower, which was almost all improvisation, including Adam Scott, he just said Baba that the pitch for that episode was for Leslie to have her first fight, that was it, it was a whole story and Amy and Rasheeda walked into the bathroom of the terrible club in which we were. in Hollywood, very close to where we are now and they just experienced a fight between those two characters and we just cut pieces, they were almost completely improvising, right?
I think Poehler, I don't remember, yeah, I don't remember. I remember, I remember I loved doing that scene that day, it was fun, just tearing each other apart and then when we did it we just came together like chunks, so they were like the most real moments I think we've ever filmed. the show because he was just you two being like, this is what would happen if we fought, it wasn't calculated writing and trying to move the plot forward, it was like these two women who love and care about each other. The others are very drunk, Perry, at each other and then you're talking and it's so funny because you think you were going to come back the next morning and Anna is so hard I thought Rasheeda is my comedy queen.
It was my thing. favorite, yes, in theshow, you're wearing a sweater and it should also be noted that that episode had Ron Swanson dancing in a little hat, which by the way, the gift is my most received gift when one of my friends is. happy about something just dancing like oh there's a new oh there's a Deadwood movie like so me that's the dance and happy like I got that gift twice today family There's no explanation for the taste Amy also directed that episode and everything and she cleverly brilliant You created this contest because the best thing about working on the show was that if you had a self on the monitor it was making me laugh, right?
Yeah, you created a contest where everyone could spin around to try to make Amy laugh and that's where all Those came from Oh, look at this Aubrey, give me your hat, Janet Snake-Hole, that's right, the C story of that episode is Bert Macklin. Janet Snake-Hole was a winner. Now we talk about how sincere and surprising the relationship between Adam Scott and Amy Poehler is. characters, it's too political, awkward nerds who have found each other and are so blatant about how much they love each other and that the proposal seen was I remember reading the Onion Ad Club, did they do it?
You know they would do the show recaps and then they did another whole article about the scene where he proposes and how it went, oh, but yeah, it's so real and emotional, how many takes was it, how many, I mean, it felt like If it were real, I was sweating. You were so nervous and we were nervous too, it was a big deal, yeah, and we thought no, it really was a big deal because I remember the hiatus before that season. Amy and I talked over the summer about how Ben and Leslie liked their people and talked. about how we wanted them to get married, we cared so much about them and then I remember hearing that, Mike, you told me that Mike was writing a proposal scene and it was the happiest thing.
Mike called me and said, oh, I just wrote to Ben. and Leslie's proposal scene and then I was like, you think you're a nerd for the show, you know, what's so cool is even now like all of you young people who just found the show long after mine. I just had a woman today that I was working with. I remember, I remember I was in college and my boyfriend and I were watching this show and we proposed to Leslie and it was Hurricane Sandy during Hurricane Sandy, and we wish we were inside, the weather was really bad. and we saw that proposal and I thought, oh, what happened to you?
She said, oh, we're not together. I wonder what the experience will be for people who, especially when you said this, this younger generation is coming up a lot. of which have experienced a lot of this show in giveaways on Twitter or out of context, but and by the way, they're all very, very enlightening and do the job of capturing emotional moments, but then if you go back and really feel and watching the show and seeing how everyone I wonder what that experience would be like for someone so young to watch that and because there's a it's so, oh God, I don't make any sense, it's so universal, how, oh, I remember when Ben Wyatt, really I identify with everyone, I loved little Sebastian, except Ben Wyatt.
I've been there where everyone is going crazy and I have to go. I'd better not say it. I don't know what's going on and it's so real, especially now. I think it's a very, very real experience. I think a lot of people have to deal with that. It was so real it was funny but it was very real. suddenly I will see that little Sebastian is trending, yes that little Sebastian survived beyond the show, yes one of the things he should show too. I want to thank Dean Holland, who directed like 30 episodes. Dean Dean became. He was thinking about that. because you were talking about the proposal and the show had this weird thing where we had very strict rules, it's supposed to be a documentary and the cameras are supposed to use your actors play real people who are aware of the cameras and then, every once in a while we would just go, now it has to look good, so I changed all the rules and like that scene, that proposal scene.
Dean just did this really beautiful job of just moving the camera in the wide way that he was left behind. the proposal then he would adapt to the cameras and when they kissed we gave Dean all our important episodes that we needed like something really special, he was a very important part of the show that I talk about like he's dead, he's not. dead is probably here it's Dean here no I just got a text he's dead Jim who texted you what I know a lot of people Mike a lot of people I by the way Jim I remember flying from New York to LA and you sat in the back with me the whole time and I didn't realize you were there until we landed and it was a damn perfect Jerry moment.
I think I posted a picture of us on Twitter. All deserted like fucking Jerry Lee. I listen to damn Jerry all day. I heard thanks for ruining the Harvest Festival. You know, it was a lot of fun once we started. There was a moment where we thought about the show, oh, maybe they wouldn't cancel us and you also know they nominated us first so we had to go to the At the Emmys it was so fun to hang out and their two Emmy parties and they had like a photo booth and we took a photo and Jim had the photo on his um you know you know that hugged her and he said you guys he comes up to us and says I just got the best photo of us and he He says, oh damn, he had forgotten to give us the best chance at life, so have any of you ever visited Indiana?
Have you been there? Have you been in town? I got us, I mean, sure, I got us into the Colts. Yes, we actually filmed twice. Yes, we filmed. We went to Indianapolis at least twice. Yeah, I went to Indiana University and they have murals. yeah, it was cool, but they have Neuros that are aw


y similar to mirrors, so it's allowed, this is not cool, what is this? There are some things in those murals that I got, they didn't show up well, for a very specific reason there with them, I mean. The thing that the massacre is covered in is a little darker.
I remember how amazing that was. Where are those murals and they just throw them away? I didn't really order them. They were huge. They were about 10 feet tall and about 20 feet. long and so there was no place to put them, I mean, the day after the show ended, literally the day after the show ended, I was editing and Morgan Sackett, our longtime producer, and he He said, hey, they're demolishing the set, do you want to go? down and look oh that was like Oh no, definitely not, that's horrible, most of it, I mean most of the set was just them, that's what they do, they just get on with it, it's a soulless business, but Nick Offerman is worth mentioning.
Without telling anyone, he salvaged all the doors on the set, we had these big oak doors, he took all the wood from all the doors and made us canoe paddles, oh my gosh, they have the Pawnee seal on them, so they're beautiful, that is beautiful. It was yeah, one day about a year later, I just bought a canoe, this is a side door, okay, okay, thank you. Oh, perfectly fine, I've never done it again, just today, HBO announced that the Deadwood movie will premiere on May 31 if Ever a show was rich enough to support an actual narrative film, it's this world like if it was this one, but it's very, very strange because in the final episode you moved forward and showed where everyone ends up, but you moved forward.
In the future, you know, in a couple of years, especially these ones. I would love for you to get comedy out of the characters who are positive and try to help each other so that those characters have to live in these times, it would be very, very interesting and I think funny, I don't know, but if you guys made a movie about Parks and Rec, oh my gosh, I think that would be amazing. I think you know in the world that we live in now nothing goes away everything comes back and cycles again and you know I would just say I think we would all be in this scenario and six other people would have to feel like there was a story that needed to be told as if there was and part of what I personally felt I wouldn't speak for anyone else, but what I felt was that the show had a plot to present and the plot was about teamwork and friendship and positivity and being optimistic and Don't become cynical and believe that. the people who can do good and believe in the power of public service and believe that if you work hard and put your head down and have good people around you who are part of your team, good things are possible and you can achieve the things you want. you want to achieve and I don't feel like we left anything on the table, you know, I feel like the show made its argument and so did we, and maybe this was like a preventive measure or something.
We jump to the year 20 74, yeah, it was like we saw Jerry's funeral. He died peacefully at the age of one hundred in his sleep, holding the hand of his wife Christie Brinkley, who looked exactly the same. Oh, look at that. It gave me little wrinkles, I look like a cork, so I mean, you know there was nothing I loved more than working on the show, it feels like you know, it felt like the most important thing you know I would do in my life. and that's why I would never ever say never, no, I mean, the opportunity to do it again, if it arose, would be incredible, but I think we would only do it if we all felt that there was something compelling us to do it.
I don't want to do it just to like it, it's tempting just the way it is. I don't want to just do more episodes of the show or anything I would like. If literally everyone, I would make it like everyone in this scenario has a veto. Because? Are you all looking at me? I would say I would say we would literally, everyone has a veto. If even one person says no, then we would do it, whatever it is, we wouldn't do it. I feel very strange. right now because we could ask this a lot because the reboots have become pretty fast but true, and my new answer is because of what Mike just said, that's why the show was so good and yes, yes, I want to, I want to move on.
The story with Rob is an era. Is there any aspect of your character's personality that from the show you have brought into your life and can use in your life? Yes, I think I will live to be 100 years old. You are a computer chip. microchip yeah yeah Retta um I mean the obvious thing is to treat yourself yeah I'm an online shopper and I'll spend money anytime but I do I mean friendships are very very important to me and I feel like that's exactly what the show shows. It's kind of like that, but I mean, I feel like they were important to me before, but if anything reflects my life in the parks, it would be it.
Yeah, honestly, I wasn't the first time. That's why I talked about Game of Thrones, I actually hadn't. I haven't seen it seriously go back go back and watch those episodes you can't say I haven't seen them I don't want to brag but it's no big deal but after mentioning it a couple of times on the show I started watching it and couldn't be more interested in it game, on the contrary, after the program I cleaned up my diet, there were some habits that I had to get rid of and the interest of longevity, but there was an inexorable force in the entire world of the program that I resisted as best I could and finally gave in.
He realized that he simply had to give in to Tammy's powers to Amy. You know, the other day, a couple of years ago, there were teachers on strike here in Los Angeles and I guess I'm the daughter of two public school teachers and I drove by, the teachers were on strike and me and I honked in support while they were asking us to do science and a woman was holding up a Leslie Knope sign and I honked at her and she said and it was just a great example of how that character has come to represent so many things that I think are way above which we never would have imagined it would be, so I know having Leslie was really good for my mental health. physical and mental health she really played with it, being able to come in and tell everyone how great they were and also be able to boss everyone around the combination of those two things was like it really extended my life.
I think she really did. I really believe it. She did well, obviously, and Leslie always survived the show completely, but I think also, and Perkins went in the direction of positivity, I mean choosing Chris Traeger as a partner and she always tries her best to get things done Well, even if they're not okay and a lot of times they weren't okay, I mean, she basically went out on dates around town just to make things right and I feel like not particularly in that way, but in other ways I'd like to think that I'm a person who has embodied some of Ann's adaptability in the world and ability to remain positive even in the face of some twisted animals but also animals, you know when Mike described the mission of the show and the ideas of teamwork. and working hard and staying positive and dealing with negativity and just putting your head down and doing the work, it made me realize how much I internalize those ideas in my life after Parks and you know you work on a lot of different sets and we've all moved on and we've done different things and you know Alan and I, one of the Parks writers, and then we went on our show and reallyWe try to capture, but you know, we really try. to capture what we take from the parks experience and it's really true, if you follow those things, you can do great work with great people and have a wonderful time in your life and do something that you're proud of, so I think Mike That's why and I thank all these people for influencing me in that way.
I think this program has three things, one, skating. I was thinking about the day I felt like I needed him. roll together like I saw these roll these guys skating back and forth in Santa Monica, I was so jealous I was like, oh, I'm going to burst, but that's probably not the most important thing, but that's one thing, a second thing is my relationship. with the FBI in real life is legit. I think maybe I don't know, maybe even especially now. I think they're very happy to have someone in the zeitgeist who says, "I love the FBI.
I want to be in the FBI like me." I'll go to a city I'll go to a city and I'll go to a hotel room and the FBI will have put together a care package and they'll leave me a care package at my hotel, man I don't know how they got in. there the FBI, I think it's the FBI, but they have FBI hats and mugs and FBI things that they don't like the things that they use, but it has their logo and things that they could use, but that's number two and then the third . The third thing, the third thing is that there is a technical thing, actually, like making a show that is a multi-camera show that is constantly rolling and is digital.
You learn the value of freshness. You learn the value of making each take slightly different so as an actor in the future, I really learned that I feel like it was something that I was, it was a really good format for me when I started on the show like not. I had some experience, but not that much experience and it really addressed my strengths, I think as an actor and I carry that with me now and in every job, as you know, I feel completely comfortable speaking in colloquiums and making the dialogues my own and I really learned that at home, at this very moment. specific format because you can't do that anywhere else and it can be a pain for people like editors and stuff who hate it because they say I can't edit this together, you said nine different things, none of them are in the story if I could wasting everyone's time, but I'm too old to say goodbye, and also saying that it was great for a moment, we got to see what it would be like to see Andy Dwyer use the colloquial word, well, he's never done it.
I felt like April and I had too many similarities, but I feel like I've done some things that she would be proud of recently. I did a satanic ritual on live television for the Independent Spirit Awards. I think she would have liked me to talk her into it too. Jim to do a video on that show where I had to say I even had to question it, I was literally in the writers room saying I have to find someone to do this video and I texted him and said I'm going to need that you do it.
Make this video and I'll send you the monologue and you'll have to memorize it in two days, we're filming it and he just did anything for you, ah Bri, and then he did it on live TV and it was really nice. You made out with me on national television so I don't know the dark arts that I carry with me and I think just April's general philosophy of life is that nothing matters and we're all going to die in my case you know life. and the art combined the episode where the doctor said he had the biggest penis he had ever seen, you know, I have no pride, come on, no, seriously, Jerry it's like you meet such a sweet boy and I there's a little of you I know in my life where I'll think, you know WWJD, what Jerry would do and I mean it because I can be Jim o'heir, I can be a little hot headed here and there and I try, I try to think. about that, I don't know, you go to universities and they do questions and answers and stuff and a lot of times we go, oh, you weren't as nice as I thought, you'd be number one, but I think Jerry.
You know, boy, if much of the world were Jerry's, it would be a sweeter place and a much worse fall for Mike. Okay, you really put on such an amazing show. I couldn't be a bigger support for this show. this universe and these people, I don't know, I mean, and there's all these. I don't want to just sit here and throw all the nerdy questions at you and I want to talk about the cones on people's t-shirts someone developed, someone didn't reverse engineer the game by just watching the episode or something and then they never ended up understanding it all.
Professional board game makers made a version of Dunshire Cones just for us, yeah, yeah. I always feel like I have to tell this story to Dave King, one of the writers was the guy who wrote that episode and he's a board game enthusiast and a woman named Julian Robinson was directing it and I got really excited about the Dunshire cones which was like our cold, open, deadly factor in the reading, it was about how Ben was losing his mind and he was like and and like a joke, but also kind of serious when we sat down to talk about the episode, I said Julianne, No I don't know you very well, this is the most important thing we've ever done, that's right, and I was joking, but I don't think she totally knew I was joking, so one day I went to work and they were filming that scene. and I got a note saying Amy wants you to come to the set and I went to the set and I was like, hey, what's going on and she said we've been filming this scene for like four hours, I don't know what's going on. but we can't and Julianne said nervously I need to make sure I do this right because and I said oh no, I'm sorry, this is nonsense, these cones, so when you move to the right and I said what I have to know things.
I was 100 percent but it turned out really good, yeah, my goodness, that's what the philosophy of the show is in a nutshell, right there it says, "You know what," that's a perfect place to end, ladies and gentlemen. The cast of Parks and Recreation thank you very much guys.

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