11 Best Moments From The 'Parks And Recreation' Cast At PaleyFest
After seeing the way the Parks and Recreation cast members and creator Michael Schur interact with each other in real life, it's no wonder why the NBC comedy has been so successful. At the show's PaleyFest panel on Tuesday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the crew (full of chemistry and love for each other) cracked jokes, shared behind-the-scenes stories, and refilled their wine glasses on stage. Plus, comedian Patton Oswalt was moderating, so you know the laughter was dialed up to 11. LAist attended the panel and picked out our favorite moments:
1. The Parks and Recreation folks all know how to make an entrance: Adam Scott moon-walked on stage while Nick Offerman feigned a strip tease by taking off his blazer before immediately putting it back on, and Aubrey Plaza flipped off the audience.
2. Amy Poehler's crazy eyes: Oswalt noted how Poehler's Leslie Knope character is the complete opposite of her "slightly psychotic, on the edge about to crack kind of characters." Poehler gave the best response: "You have to work with raw materials and I have really crazy eyes. For a long time I put them to good use."
3. The proposal scene between Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope: When the cast were walking up the steps to shoot the scene with Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. in Season 5, they had just found out that Parks and Recreation wasn't being nominated for an Emmy. It led Schur to go back to his hotel room to write the emotional proposal scene between Ben and Leslie.
4. How Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope have made out: Ron and Leslie are definitely the father and mother characters in the comedy. However, Poehler said that every year they shoot a gag reel where they both have to make out with each other. "We never put it on the gag reel because it’s super disturbing," Schur said. "It’s like watching your parents go at it super hard."
5. On writing fart jokes for Jerry/Garry/Larry's character: Schur said when they were writing a million fart jokes about Jim O'Heir's character, who is the "punching bag" of Parks and Recreation, he wanted Jerry to have the best home life (by having him be married to Christie Brinkley and having three beautiful daughters) because it was the only way Schur could "emotionally cope" with what they do to him.” When writers wanted to change the story to have Brinkley divorce Jerry, Schur wouldn't let them.
6. On how Nick Offerman's a nerd: Aside from Offerman doing woodwork in real life just like his character Ron, there are more things that run parallel with the actor and his character. When Schur told Offerman about the Duke Silver saxophone-playing alter ego for Ron, Offerman replied, "Perfect. I played the saxophone."
7. Amy Poehler and Retta are awesome: During the panel, Poehler and Retta mentioned how they needed a refill on wine. A man came on stage and handed Poehler a bottle of white wine and she filled up the glasses for both of them.
8. The cast knows how to handle hardcore fans: An overly excited fan asked the cast some hilarious questions. He questioned Retta if she was like her Donna character and would be all like, "‘Oh, damn! Bitch!?” Retta jokingly responded: "“I don’t know what you’re talking about! I’m not like that, okay? Shit! Fuck!” He also asked O'Heir if he was a klutz like Jerry in real life, in which O'Heir promptly fell out of his chair. The cast even gave the fan a standing ovation, which we're pretty sure made his year.
9. On what Amy Poehler wants for Leslie Knope in the end: "I’d like to think that when the show ends, which I’m still in denial it ever will," Poehler said, "I would like to have a happy ending for her. I don’t even want to think about the ending, but it’s coming. Her progression is deliberately slow. I love that Leslie’s dreams are big but her power is small. She’s met the love of her life and that’s sometimes enough."
10. Amy Poehler tells it like it is: Poehler called out a fan who said being able to ask a question to the cast was "the tits." She told him not to use that phrase and also pointed out that only male fans were getting the chance to answer questions. She pointed to a female fan and demanded she get next.
11. On what Aubrey Plaza thinks about April: "My favorite things about April are her priorities and her love of Andy because I feel like she has a really great approach to life," she said. "[She's] a responsible, smart woman, but she will drop all that the minute she can fuck something up, do something weird, or disrupt something. I just think that s a really great approach to life. I admire that about her and am inspired by that. I also love that she has the ability to love the stupidest man on earth."