With his hidden stockpile of gold bars, reluctance to disclose his home address, hatred of electrical codes, and suspicion of the very government he works for, Ron Swanson could easily be a cardboard caricature of a libertarian.
Thanks to the well-rounded writing of NBC's "Parks and Rec," Swanson is instead a cult figure, beloved for his libertarian streak, fundamental goodness and old-fashioned sense of manhood.
Actor Nick Offerman shares a few traits with Swanson, such as his love of woodworking. The Midwestern farm boy went to college for theater and found more success in the scenery shop than on stage. After his acting improved, he went to L.A. and eventually began making furniture.
In addition to his film work, he's written three well-received books, "Paddle Your Own Canoe," "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers," and "Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop."
In interviews, Swanson functions as a cool uncle turned self-help author, encouraging people to make things (anything really) for the personal benefits. With his wife, the actress Megan Mullally, he's developed a new show and advocated for the benefits of middle-aged sex. So expect a wide range of topics when the humorist brings his, ahem, "The Full Bush Tour," to Missoula. The show takes place at the Adams Center at the University of Montana on Saturday, Sept. 30. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $33 to $53 at GrizTix outlets.