Nick Offerman has loaned his manly pipes to a variety of animated Fox shows—Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, Axe Cop—but his crowning vocal achievement will be heard this weekend when he pops up on The Simpsons.
In the episode (Sunday, 8 p.m.), relations between Homer and Bart reach a nadir over a serving of broccoli, prompting Marge to ship them off to sea—specifically to the Relation Ship, where conflicts between fathers and sons can be worked out while they learn to become sailors. The Parks and Recreation star voices the man in charge of that vessel, Captain Bowditch. “Not only to just be on The Simpsons, which is the crazy manifestation of a lifelong dream, but to do so as a sea captain was so dreamy for me because I love old seafaring novels and any lore of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, all the Horatio Hornblower books and Patrick O’Brian novels,” raves Offerman, an accomplished woodworker who has built two canoes and a rowboat, written a book called Paddle Your Own Canoe, and subscribed to WoodenBoat Magazine. “This fits right into my nerd pocket.” READ FULL STORY