Live from Pawneee, Indiana, it’s Saturday Night Live! At least it’ll feel that way this fall when Fred Armisen reunites with Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation.
In an episode that begins shooting this week, Armisen will play Poehler’s counterpart from Pawneee’s sister city — but there’s a twist. “Leslie arranges for [Armisen and his colleagues] to come for a visit, but they’re from a city in Venezuela,” explains exec producer Michael Schur. “They’re very confused because in Venezuela the government is so powerful; their parks department travels with military escorts and motorcades and stuff. They have all the money in the world because of their oil and they [don’t understand] why Pawnee’s parks department is so rinky-dink.”
Schur says Armisen and his fellow Venezuelans “take a real shine” to Nick Offerman’s Ron “because they value his mustache. They call him El Jefe the whole time. They revere him and they present him with all sorts of gifts and stuff.”
The whole thing sounds just silly enough to work. Thoughts? (Reporting by Tim Stack)