“Parks and Recreation” has one of the strongest ensemble casts in recent memory. While the show ostensibly stars Amy Poehler, scenes are stolen on a weekly basis by any number of characters: Chris Pratt’s Andy Dwyer, Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, Aubrey Plaza’s April Ludgate, Rob Lowe’s Chris Traeger, and, of course Nick Offerman’s Ron Effing Swanson, to name a few. And as if that embarrassment of riches wasn’t enough, the show also consistently picks up great guest stars, from Louis C.K., to Megan Mullaly, to, awesomely, Detlef Schrempf. (I don’t think I’m being unreasonable when I say that every TV show could be substantially improved by the inclusion of people who were in the arcade version of NBA Jam. Exhibit A.) So it should come as no surprise to hear that the show will be adding another terrific guest this season: America’s best friend, Paul Rudd. Vulture and EW reported yesterday that Rudd will be joining the show for multiple episodes beginning January 19th, likely as Leslie Knope’s political opponent.
I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes me. “Parks and Rec” is one of my favorite shows, and I like Paul Rudd so much that I could watch him sit on a bench and eat a bran muffin in complete silence for an hour. The man is a delight. His contributions to dance alone are worthy of a Genius Grant, and you are an insane person if you disagree.