“To be honest, all you need is a considerable pair of testicles.”
Comic actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, with their respective signature facial hair and high octave voice, are a couple to be reckoned with. Through their constant banter and a love so strong they signed out of this interview with overtly affectionate “I love you’s” the pair have collectively graced our TV screens for more than 30 years. With two shows at The Wilbur this week (combining Offerman’s stand-up and Mullally’s music), there are several chances to witness their unholy union.
How are you looking forward to performing in Boston?
I’m a little nervous combining the incredible sexual power of Megan’s band, Nancy and Beth, with the bucolic arena of my own show.
Megan Mullally: We’ve combined forces before to great effect; you can rest easy, my darling. Last time we were in Boston, I was walking down the street with friends, and four fine gay guys were sashaying side-by-side down the park. We stopped them, like, “Oh my god! You’re amazing! You’re like Sex and the City right now!” And on our Nancy and Beth Facebook page, they said they’re going to be at our show this time, so I’m excited.
You met while you were working, which is the number one thing not to do on the job. Was it worth it, and do you recommend it?
NO: It’s always a dangerous proposition, but sometimes the forces of Dionysus and Cupid ensure you have little choice but to follow their beckoning.
We talked about it, and decided it would be mature to wait until we weren’t working on something together, but then we started making out immediately.
Nick, you’ve described yourself as being in a “student-teacher relationship.” What’s changed from then to now?
NO: I’ve matriculated considerably under Megan’s tutelage. Thanks to her, I’m dressed in a much more palatable manner. I’ve got table manners now. For example, my mastery of eating utensils, such as a fork and spoon, has garnered me a lot of compliments all over the country.
Megan will always be years ahead of me in her work, so it’s one of the luckiest things that I have her. I have to keep busting my ass. I’m only halfway to where Megan is.
I keep trying to work harder so she’ll think I’m competent enough to sing with her. My ultimate goal is to deserve that stage.
MM: I also discipline him with a ruler now. I use simple commands. And a cane.
NO: I can be commanded with a sharp glance.
Do you ever bring your characters home? I imagine the facial hair is tough to leave at work.
MM: We just did a two-person play, and we drove to and from the theater together every day and didn’t talk about the play once. When you come home, you’re at ease, leaving your work at work, and [can] still be total jackasses. But we do a lot of bits with each other. We’re always making each other laugh.
If you could liken yourself to any famous duo, who would it be?
MM: Barnum and Bailey. We settled on them years ago.
We actually remind ourselves of Pam Anderson and that Mötley Crüe guy, what was his name?
MM: Tommy Lee, yes! Oh my god, yes, let’s go with that!
And what is the secret to an epic, long-lasting love?
NO: Communication and humor.
MM: Liking each other and then making each other laugh is a given. You have to enjoy spending time with the other person.
To be honest, all you need is a considerable pair of testicles.
MM: Yes, that works for both parties.
NICK OFFERMAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST MEGAN MULLALLY
SATURDAY 8.31.13 & MONDAY 9.2.13
THE WILBUR THEATRE
246 TREMONT ST.