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by Ben Travers
March 19, 2014 1:53 PM
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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Make Out Every Season and Other Fun Facts from 'Parks and Recreation' at Paleyfest

"I'll take Megan Mullally...in about 45 minutes."

Nick Offerman naming his favorite guest star on "Parks and Rec" as well as who he'll be having sex with within the hour, a joke that earned him a handshake from comedian Patton Oswalt.

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott at Paleyfest 2014. Kevin Parry/Paley Center for Media

Why Poehler and Adam Scott think Leslie and Ben's relationship works:

"We had this great season where we had this secret that was so exciting to play and in real life we were excited, too," Poehler said. "Then, what I love about the show and about the writers is that they didn't just extend that [romance] for seven seasons. It would have been like, 'Just tell her you love her. Fuck.' They kiss. They fall in love. They got married. The way life happens. The writing of the show is so powerful and progressive and active. Things happen and no one's afraid of them happening."

"It's a real testament to the writing that once we got together and got married there were no spaces," Scott added. "The relationship is still so alive, and we're continually throwing obstacles in each other's paths and overcoming other obstacles together. It really is just the writing."

The cast's favorite aspects of their characters:

Billy Eichner: "What inspires me about Crazy Craig. I’m not going to lie it’s a tough question. I’ll say this: he’s not repressed. That’s a nice quality. You won’t find him on ‘Downton Abbey.’"

Ben Schwartz: "What inspires me about Jean Ralphio [...] I’ll have to dig real deep for this one because he has so many layers. I would say [...] he does exactly what he feels even though it gets him into trouble, and he makes terrible mistakes. He loves life. Like, you got into a car accident but you made $5. And he's like, 'No way! $5!' He always looks on the bright side."

Jim O'Heir: "He can all let it roll off his back. [...] His priority is his family."

Retta: "Outside the amount of ass Donna gets, she really loves her friends."

Adam Scott: "He’s just a hard worker and is always going towards something better. Now he’s kind of found it [with Leslie], and they’re kind of doing that together."

Amy Poehler: "I like that Leslie gets to face everybody here and tell them that she loves them. I get to do it once every other episode. [...] Also, I like she gets to tell everybody what to do."

Nick Offerman: "I’m told at my job to eat a great deal of bacon and then also eggs and steak and drink scotch, and not say anything. [nods]"

Aubrey Plaza: "I have two favorite things. 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's like a responsible smart woman, but she will drop all of that the minute she can fuck something up or do something weird or disrupt something. I think that's a really great approach to life. [...] I love that she has the ability to love the stupidest man in the world. She just saw him and was like, 'I'm going to love him,' and didn’t give a shit."

Chris Pratt: "Knowledge is very dangerous," Pratt joked. "He’s just incredibly innocent and full of joy and bliss."

On the upcoming season finale:

"The last episode this year," Poehler said before bursting into a fit of laughter. "The stuff that happens in that last episode is bonkers. I do not envy [the writers]. You have to figure out how to make it work!"

"I got chills when we got those final pages," O'Heir added.

Amy Poehler on possible endings for Leslie Knope:

"I like to think that…[fans shout out “president”] I like to think that when the show ends -- and I'm still in denial that it ever will -- but when it does I would like to think about what happens to those characters [is] you can picture what they do on the weekends. [...] I would like to have a happy ending for her. I don't want to think about the ending [...] but it’s coming. Her progression has been effectively and appropriately slow. I love that her dreams are big and her power is small. I think that she’s met the love of her life, and that’s sometimes enough."

3 Comments

  • Hugh Betcha | March 26, 2014 4:15 PMReply

    So pissed that I missed the free live stream! I wish this was archived somewhere online. Parks and Rec is one of the few actually funny comedies on TV . I can't believe what passes for sitcoms nowadays...

  • Chelsea Heath | March 19, 2014 7:27 PMReply

    Aziz Ansari was 'inexplicably absent'? Probably because he's on his comedy tour. Duh

  • Ann | March 19, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    Sounds like a fantastic panel. Must have been a fun evening. Of course, how could it not be?
    What a loopy, unexpected, delightful comedy (Parks and Rec)!