FUNX3 with Parks and Recreation: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman

Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones may have flown the Parks and Recreation coop but everyone else will be back for the sitcom's 7th and final season on NBC (image via HitFix (c) NBC)
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones may have flown the Parks and Recreation coop but everyone else will be back for the sitcom’s 7th and final season on NBC (image via HitFix (c) NBC)

 

I know someone, somewhere rather sagely once noted that all good things must come to an end, and while I appreciate the logical sentiment embodied in this, let’s be fair, rather obvious observation (no points for originality there buddy) and its universal truth, it still saddens me to think that of the things I love that will soon no longer be around and those that have already shuffled off this merciless chronological coil.

One of the hardest things about this maxim is that it applies to my favourite TV shows which, if I had anything to do about it, would continue on and on and on to, and here I borrow liberally from Buzz Lightyear without shame, infinity and beyond! (much like the ad breaks which sandwich their eternally golden scenes).

Saying goodbye to people you have come to know and love is hard; even more so when they’re scripted entities who don’t demand birthday gifts, late night phone calls and hand holding at important times in their lives (kidding: I love all that stuff … mostly) and who effortlessly amuse, inspire, freak out, delight you on a regular basis.

Even worse though than this final televisual goodbye is to simply have these characters disappear thanks to the flamboyant swirl of an accountant’s pen without the chance to properly farewell them; which is why the fact that one of my favourite sitcoms EVER, Parks and Recreation, is coming back for a 7th season (albeit one with just 13 episodes) fills my heart with L’il Sebastien levels of gladness.

Granted Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones have left the show, and there has been a jump three years into the future, but Tammy II is back (Megan Mullaly) tangling possibly with Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser), legendary Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch is appearing in at least one episode, and teases star Chris Pratt (Andy) “We’re going to be in the national forest office walking around sleek like the f***ing West Wing.”

So lots to look forward to, and even better, until the show is back on our screens (no date specified that I can locate at this point), we have a season 6 blooper reel to keep us chortling away, waffles piled high before us, with L’il Sebastien back from the dead and reincarnated as all the characters (is there nothing he cannot do?! NO), slip-ups by all the actors and even an ad for Tom’s Bistro.

And remember, as Ron (Nick Offerman) always says, “Live your life how you want, but don’t confuse drama with happiness.”

(Actually this is not really relevant to anything; I just really, REALLY wanted to put a Ron quote in there somewhere.)

 

 

AMY POEHLER

 

Amy Poehler channels the black-garbed art dealer type with effortless, hilarious ease (image via Old Navy YouTube channel (c) Old Navy)
Amy Poehler channels the black-garbed art dealer type with effortless, hilarious ease (image via Old Navy YouTube channel (c) Old Navy)

 

Whoever it was in Old Navy’s marketing department that decided Amy Poehler should be the hilariously snarky face of their ad campaign should be a given a raise and a promotion, an all-expenses paid holiday to Australia so I can thank them personally, and yes, a whole new wardrobe naturally.

It is quite simply an inspired decision.

Whether she is channelling a spelling bee moderator, lawyer or sports coach (and yes a burrito server), she is never less than laugh-out-loud funny, and so persuasive about the merit of the brand she’s helping to advertise that I would quite happily jump on a plane just to buy their jeans (assuming I could stop laughing long enough to do that).

You know assuming, of course, that the piece of clothing I wanted was “aggressive … dangerous … stupid” and was TOTALLY OK’d by Poehler’s black-clad arbiter of cool.

Which naturally it would be.

 

 

CHRIS PRATT

 

Chris Pratt is a complete and utter delight, one of those refreshingly down to earth stars who isn't letting his stardom define him (image via TIME)
Chris Pratt is a complete and utter delight, one of those refreshingly down to earth stars who isn’t letting his stardom define him (image via TIME)

 

All hail Star-Lord!

Fresh from saving the galaxy and channelling a pretty but dangerous purple Infinity Stone into the bargain, in Guardians of the Galaxy, the amazing Chris Pratt who can do wrong and is as adorable and down-to-earth sweet as they come, is now making the lives of sick kids just that little bit, OK a LOT, better.

He recently popped up, in full Star-Lord “Ravager” regalia at The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as Samantha Grossman at TIME points out, it’s just another reason to love the rising star:

“We already knew Chris Pratt could rap, French braid, be hot, be hilarious, and be adorable with pugs.

Oh, what’s that? That’s not enough for you to have a mega-huge crush on him? Well, here’s something he did that is even more amazing.”

Oh and he looks awesome in a suit.

Just sayin’.

 

 

NICK OFFERMAN

 

Nick Offerman delivers Reddit's impressively insightful Shower Thoughts with all the Ron Swanson gravitas he can manage ... which is quite a lot since he is, you know, Ron Swanson (image via YuoTube (c) Mashable/Reddit)
Nick Offerman delivers Reddit’s impressively insightful Shower Thoughts with all the Ron Swanson gravitas he can manage … which is quite a lot since he is, you know, Ron Swanson (image via YuoTube (c) Mashable/Reddit)

 

When you’re in a need of a laugh, and let’s face it who isn’t at the moment what with the world currently going to hell in a rather bloodied hand basket, who better than Nick Offerman in full Ron Swanson mode to offer inspiring words of wisdom, drawn directly from Reddit’s inspirational Shower Thoughts, and recorded for posterity by Mashable.

What makes all these pearls of practical wisdom, and wry observation all the more compelling, is that Shower Thoughts is raising money for Charity: Water, an innovative, transparent non-profit organisation with a mission to deliver clean water to as many communities worldwide as possible.

If that’s not a good reason to get creative in the shower, and put your thoughts on Reddit to Nick Offerman can intone them in his most thoughtful poses, then I don’t know what is!

Soap up people – Ron Swanson is waiting!

 

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