Getting to Know the Man Behind Ron Swanson
He’s from a small town in Illinois called Minooka. Don’t mistake it for Pawnee. “Pawnee would be more like a Joliet,” he says.
He has a BFA from the University of Illinois.
Don’t arrive late for his new show: it features minor nudity right at the top. “Yeah, it really packs ’em in.”
It also features anecdotes, woodworking tips and songs. But it’s not stand-up comedy. “I consider myself more of a humorist.”
He lived in Rogers Park in the mid-’90s. He knew Amy Poehler. But he had never seen an improv show until his mid-30s.
His key to a good mustache: “Rub a dollop of animal fat into your whiskers. Then comb. Repeat.”
He sells furniture and mustache combs on his woodworking website. The mustache comb is his best seller.
He can also build you a canoe.
The one place he’d take Ron Swanson for a night on the town in Chicago: Gibsons.
Where he’d take himself: Moody’s Pub for a cheeseburger. “It has a great courtyard. It feels halfway to Middle Earth.”
He makes it back to Minooka a couple times a year. “My family still treats me like the jackass I am.”