'Parks and Recreation's' Nick Offerman on 'Paddle Your Own Canoe' and being a Renaissance man

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"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman stopped by "The Daily Show" Monday (Oct. 28) to talk about his new book, "Paddle Your Own Canoe," which host Jon Stewart says peddles "Hollywood values" like "hard work" and "loving your wife." Heh.

"It's rife with flannel shirts," cracks Offerman and he adds, when Stewart calls him a Renaissance man, "I'm a Midwesterner, we call it. Sadly, these days, if you know the difference between a Phillips screwdriver and a standard head, you're a Renaissance man."

Offerman says of the canoe he's sitting in on the cover of the book, "That's my first canoe, I built that in a shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We were living in town, my wife was doing a Broadway show and [ laughs] I was bored, so I built my first canoe."

Stewart also asks him to tell the story of how he realized the difficulty of working as an actor when he went on a Budweiser commercial audition -- "It was a horrible day," giggles Offerman.

"You're trying to get a break and one thing you can do is go audition for any commercial. You realize, 'I'm a classically-trained theater actor' and you're sitting in a room with a bunch of yahoos. ... That's when I noticed the guy who played Ogre on 'Revenge of the Nerds,' a hero of mine, ... and then across the room I saw Carmine from 'Laverne & Shirley' -- even Carmine needs to make his rent," says Offerman.

"Parks and Recreation" airs Thursday nights on NBC.
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