Don’t expect Nick Offerman to be competitive with his wife Megan Mullally when it comes to winning Emmys. Ever chivalrous, the “Parks & Recreation” featured player readily admitted to senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, “I don’t think I could ever overtake the champion that is my wife.”
Mullally prevailed in the first and last of her seven consecutive Supporting Comedy Actress bids for her over-the-top portrayal of Karen Walker on “Will & Grace” and she could be a contender again this year for guesting on her husband’s series. She appeared twice this season on “Parks and Recreation” as Tammy #2, the second ex-wife of Offerman’s character Ron Swanson.
His first ex is Tammy #1 (she is set to debut next season) and Ron’s mother is also named Tammy. For that role, Offerman offered a couple of suggestions: “My first choice would be Ernest Borgnine as Tammy Swanson. Or maybe Joe Don Baker if Ernest is busy.”
Following up on her second season guest spot, Mullally returned in “Ron & Tammy: Part Two.” She causes the usually self-controlled parks director to go off the rails as he falls for her and lands in jail. Part of his pining included getting an unusual hairstyle. “The cornrows felt like a delicious massage,” explained Offerman. “They told me it was going to hurt, but it just felt fantastic.” If he earns a Supporting Comedy Actor nomination, he said this will be the episode he submits to the judging panels. “It didn’t take much thinking. (They) are the greatest opportunities to show a range of where Ron Swanson can go.”
The couple first appeared together on TV when he guested on the season four Thanksgiving episode of “Will & Grace” as the plumber Karen kisses to test whether she will stray while her husband is in jail; she decides to stay faithful. As he recalled working together, Offerman said, “She has been my hero for so many years; she’s such a comedy legend. My wife is an incredible clown, and to be a Laurel and Hardy team with her … there’s nothing better.”
For him, “Watching my wife make ‘Will & Grace’ all those years, I felt like a little kid thinking someday I’d like to get a big boy job like my wife has. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve won the lottery in that regard.” Citing the caliber of talent on “Parks and Recreation,” Offerman said, “Our cast is a ridiculous team of home run hitters. Anybody you send up to bat is going to hit it out of the park. We just have so much fun trying to make each other laugh.”