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  • -My first guest tonight is a very funny

  • and talented actor. He voices one of the characters

  • in the new animated series "The Great North,"

  • which you can see Sundays at 8:30 p.m., on Fox.

  • Here's Nick Offerman, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Ah, it is great to see you, buddy.

  • -Nick -- -Hello. The, uh --

  • Hang on. Let's let the applause die down.

  • All right. Go ahead, Jimmy. -We can put it in post.

  • Nick, it's good to see you. Last time we talked on our show,

  • you were on the set of "Making it,"

  • your reality show, which will be back on NBC in June.

  • And since then, you've also filmed this series for Netflix

  • with Ava DuVernay. You're a busy, busy, man.

  • How does it feel to be working back on shows again?

  • -It's incredible. But here's the thing.

  • You know, we've been in this pandemic for a year,

  • and we're all sort of locked down

  • and sequestered in our homes.

  • And so to get to go to work and shoot, you know,

  • an eight-episode season of something

  • and look at a crew of 200 people,

  • all wearing masks and face shields

  • and getting tested every day, which allows us to work

  • and for, you know, a couple of months at a time

  • and get this work done and pay our rent and feed our families,

  • I just am filled with such gratitude toward the people

  • that are behaving like grown-ups and saying, "Okay.

  • This is, like -- This is an inconvenience.

  • e have to wear this stuff."

  • But if we do, we can go to our jobs, and we can be safe

  • and we can, you know, help stop the spread of this virus.

  • -I totally agree. And it's -- it's actually --

  • it's amazing -- everyone here, as well.

  • But it's all for entertainment, too, and to entertain people

  • while we're going through this stuff.

  • So, yeah, props to everyone who puts the work in

  • for any of this entertainment.

  • I wanted to ask you this question.

  • I was going to e-mail you,

  • but I think you must've changed your e-mail

  • or you've never given it to me. But a few months ago,

  • it was announced that break dancing

  • would become an Olympic sport in 2024.

  • We've talked about this on the show before.

  • You used to be a break dancer.

  • What did you think when you saw this?

  • Well, I mean, as, you know, an activist --

  • I don't think it's too strong of a word --

  • my whole life has been devoted to seeing this happen, you know,

  • to seeing break dancing recognized

  • as an international sport, a world-class sport.

  • Break dancers are clearly the greatest athletes on the planet.

  • And so to see my work pay off, the work of me and my cousin,

  • Tick Tock and Flip Flop, to see everything that --

  • -Tick Tock and -- which one was Tick Tock and who was Flip Flop?

  • -Hilarious, as if you don't know.

  • My cousin was amazing at doing flips,

  • so he was Flip Flop, and I was the popper and locker,

  • so I was Tick Tock.

  • And, you know, I mean, that's -- that was --

  • that was what the decades of our youth were all about,

  • seeing break dancing become an Olympic event.

  • So this is a big day in my house.

  • And now we can, you know -- now we can focus on

  • on other world problems --

  • hunger and clean water and stuff.

  • Did you -- Did you break dance --

  • Did you ever compete?

  • -[ Scoffs ] Did I ever...

  • -That was the funniest joke you laughed at

  • out of all of my jokes? -Yeah, I --

  • I did compete, Jimmy,

  • at the Shannahan Skating Rink. Two times we competed,

  • and one of the times, we got third place.

  • So, yeah, you could say, you know,

  • that I'm a lauded break dancer.

  • I'm a decorated break dancer.

  • -Wow, that's unbelievable.

  • I want to talk to you about "The Great North."

  • This is from the creators of "Bob's Burgers,"

  • and they chose the right man for the role.

  • I do love your voice. There's a character named Beef

  • who doesn't necessarily look like you,

  • but he also does not not look like you.

  • But here's a photo of Beef.

  • -I feel it. -Yeah.

  • How much input did you have in creating this character?

  • -Well, no -- Zero direct input,

  • but I've known the creators for a long time.

  • -Oh, there you go. -Wendy and --

  • Wendy and Lizzie Molyneaux are two sisters.

  • That write for "Bob's Burgers."

  • And Wendy's husband, Jeff Drake, is also very funny.

  • And Megan actually met them.

  • You probably met them and didn't know it a long time ago.

  • They used to write promos for NBC.

  • And so Megan met them, and she had a talk show

  • on NBC a while ago. -Yep.

  • -And so she hired them to write on her talk show.

  • And we all started screwing around together.

  • And -- And so...

  • You know, by that, you can deduce that Megan and I

  • are responsible for "Bob's Burgers"

  • and "The Simpsons" and really all of Fox Animation.

  • You can trace it back to us. -Yeah.

  • -[ Laughs ] -The character Beef

  • is the captain of a fishing boat in Alaska.

  • It's very, very funny.

  • Do you fish? I'm assuming you fish.

  • Have you ever been chased by wild dogs while fishing?

  • -I never have. There is a lot of wildlife.

  • We go to Minnesota every summer, and --

  • -Timberwolves?

  • -They're probably --

  • There are timberwolves and coyotes around,

  • but they know better than to mess with my family.

  • My sisters are very intimidating.

  • One is a librarian and one is a schoolteacher.

  • And especially when I go to the national parks

  • where there's bears, I bring my sisters, and those --

  • You know, we've seen bears approaching from a distance,

  • and they're like, "The Offerman girls?

  • No, thank you, sir," and they run the other way.

  • "The Great North" is picked up for a second season.

  • Congratulations on that.

  • I want to show everyone a clip. Here's the very funny

  • Nick Offerman in "The Great North."

  • Take a look at this.

  • -Whoa! -Dad, you could've died!

  • Or ripped the banner. -What's all this about?

  • -Brian called last night.

  • He's coming up from Anchorage for the weekend

  • to have dinner with a client. -Uncle Brian's coming? Sick!

  • -It is very sick.

  • And I want everything to be perfect.

  • It's been a full year since he moved to that urban hellhole

  • to launch his hot-tub business.

  • Poor guy. I'm sure he can't wait to hang out with me

  • and do all our old favorite activities, like fishing

  • and then talking about how fishing went.

  • -Nick Offerman, everybody. "The Great North" airs Sundays

  • at 8:30 p.m., on Fox. There he is, the creator

  • of all of Fox Animation, Nick Offerman.

-My first guest tonight is a very funny

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