Sasquatch! is great for music but don’t forget: there is comedy, too!
And this year everyone in the comedy tent on Saturday agreed, we all love the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” Cult hero status was bestowed upon deadpan libertarian hedonist comedian Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on the show), who had about 3,000 people laughing to his 10 rules to being a prosperous person. He told jokes and then did music, and while he mainly played countryish comedy songs, he also rapped the Cypress Hill song “Hits From the Bong.” For the finale or “dessert” of the set as he called it, he was joined by his wife, actress/singer Megan Mullally, who plays his ex-wife on the show.
“Parks and Recreation” is one of those shows that’s too good to be on TV, so it has relatively low ratings. It always seems like it’s on the brink of being cancelled. And that’s sad. But do you know the song “Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian”?
It’s a funeral song from the show, for a mini horse called Li’l Sebastian who is a mascot for the town of Pawnee, Indiana. Offerman played it, with accompaniment from Mullally’s band “Nancy and Beth” (who also played earlier in the day). Everyone in the tent swayed to a big arena rock beat and sang along. That moment of communion was the opposite of sad, even though the song is about death, and the show is proof that in life, to borrow a phrase, some things are too beautiful to live.
Offerman was preceded on stage by the comedian Kyle Kinane (very funny in a sleepy eyed way) and Joe Mande, also funny (made fun of his own “b***h face”), who is a “Parks and Recreation” writer.