one of my favorite moments by andy


PERALTIAGO APPRECIATION WEEK | Day 2: Favorite Funny Moments
That’s one of my least favorite roles that women fill on TV shows — the killjoy who tells the goofy fun guy to knock it off. We consciously tried to avoid that dynamic — we had them like each other, treat each other like peers, seek advice from each other, and (maybe most importantly) we made them both screw up a lot, albeit in different ways. Melissa and Andy make it easy, though, by playing their scenes not like “fun-time Charlie and his mean schoolmarm watchdog” but like two real humans who tease each other. - Michael Schur on Amy’s relationship with Jake

TMGB WOY Original Theme Song Demo (6-22-12)
The Two Man Gentlemen Band
TMGB WOY Original Theme Song Demo (6-22-12)


I found this little treat while backing up an old hard drive.  It’s the first theme song demo we submitted to the Wander Over Yonder folks back in 2012!  Music by me, lyrics by Craig McC, performed by The Two Man Gentlemen Band.

The band was on tour when Disney first reached out to us to submit some ideas for the theme song.  We didn’t have time in the tour schedule to get into a recording studio so we sang this into my iPhone in a hotel room somewhere in Virginia.  Lo-fi wins again!

You’ll probably notice right away that this isn’t the tune that ended up being the theme song.  But, we did get to use it in the Little Guy.  And I’ve snuck the melody into the score a few times, too, usually when Wander and Sylvia are having a “friendship” moment.  It’s one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written.


-Andy Bean

Andy Karl recalls his favorite moment in Wicked (aka BIG MOOD, ANDY, ME TOO)

“What’s my favorite Fiyero moment in this show? It’s in “As Long as You’re Mine”. I bring Mandy Gonzalez on stage with me in “As Long as You’re Mine” and we kneel down and she just starts to sing and her voice just sort of is like a cascade of wonderment and she’s so beautiful too. I mean, just staring into her eyes, it’s kind of like, one of my favorite moments.”

Without giving anything away, there’s a moment in the back half where [Jeffrey Dean Morgan] and Andy [Lincoln] have that thing. Like a serious thing, and I was watching in video village, by the monitors. I was jumping up and down and I threw my headphones in the air, there’s one moment coming up there, one of my favorite, I think.
—  Norman Reedus at Walker Stalker Con talking about being excited for a moment between Rick and Negan in Season 7B (x)
Newsies Chicago

(I realized that I had never shared any of my Newsies experiences with you all, and I decided that today is the day! It’s really long, so I’m going to try to put a divider thingy below. Enjoy the story of the second and final time I saw Newsies on Tour!)

When we tried to have supper before the show, I couldn’t eat. I was too excited. I’d try to swallow, but my stomach was a swirling mass of butterflies. We got changed in the car, and I tried to make every detail of myself look beautiful, from the toes of my boots to the brim of my “Newsies” cap.

We walked to the theater, the Cadillac Palace, and I almost cried when I saw the marquis with “NEWSIES” written in bold letters. The doors of the theater were locked because we were so early, so we stood outside and waited. There were slips of paper on the ground announcing that “at this performance, the role of Romeo would be played by Julian DeGuzman. The roles usually played by Julian DeGuzman will be played by Stephan Hernandez.”

I began watching the “Newsies” ad play on a screen on the front of the theater. I began naming all of the actors that I saw, when my mom put her hand on my shoulder and spun me around. “Is that Josh?” she whisper-yelled. My mouth dropped open, and I felt faint. It was indeed my favorite newsie actor, Josh Burrage! He was wearing his grey shirt with his maroon shorts and backpack. I almost chased him down, but I didn’t want to be super creepy. I watched him until he turned the corner to get in the stage door. Then Mom and I began looking for other newsies. I saw two others, Anthony Zas and one other who I couldn’t place and can’t remember.

Then the doors opened. My heart was already beating out of my chest with the pure exhilaration of it all, but now it fairly flew out altogether. A smile had plastered itself across my face. The theater was elaborate and plush. Many people complimented me on my newsie boots. I didn’t know it was possible to be so happy. My mom let me pick out a few things from Merchandise, and I picked out a souvenir program and a “Newsies” sweatshirt. The saleswoman almost asked me if I wanted a “Newsies” bag but stopped herself halfway through her sentence, seeing that I already had one.

After that, I dragged my family behind me to the doors where we supposed to go to find our seats. My brother had his knee scooter, so we had an usher take care of that. At long last, they gave the actors their warning that the audience was about to enter. The doors opened, and I rushed inside, again almost crying at the sight of the three story towers of the set. We found our seats, which I helped pay for so we could sit on the floor. I was extremely antsy, so I dragged my dad up to the very front of the theater, where we peered into the orchestra pit, which was covered with a net. I had him take a few pictures of me with the set and then simply stared in awe at it.

When we went back to our seats, my brother asked what the slips of paper in our programs were for. Without taking my eyes from the beautiful projections on the set, I rattled off, “At this performance, the role of Romeo will be played by Julian DeGuzman. The roles usually played by Julian DeGuzman will be played by Stephan Hernandez.” My mom stared at me in shock and asked, “Did you read that?” I told her no, it was memorized. Before she could reply, I squealed in delight, “Mom! I just saw one of them in the wings!” I could name each actor as a saw his face or costume, impressing my entire family. I’m not sure they knew how deep my obsession truly ran until that moment.

When the first notes of the “Overture” trumpet solo sounded, I think I told the entire theater to shut up. A huge, cheesy grin was cemented on my face for the entirety of “Carrying the Banner.” I swear a few of the boys looked at me and smiled bigger when they saw my excitement. I laughed too loud at all of the jokes and clapped too loud for all of the songs. I watched for some little things, like Jack tying Crutchie’s shoe. Those seemingly little things are what make the show what it is. We were so close, I could see Jack spit during his strike speech. Seize the Day was epic. Josh’s flips are amazing, and Crutchie’s hop is so cute. Also, Crutchie and Les failed to rip their paper, and I saw a moment of panic pass between them. My heart bled when Crutchie was taken away. I almost bawled during “Santa Fe.”

Before the lights even came up after the last notes of “Santa Fe,” my dad and brother were shoving me into the aisle. I had told them that I needed to get out to get papes before the show even started. They had remembered, and I quickly reached the front, where papers littered the net over the orchestra pit. I stretched for a front page, but someone snatched it out from under my fingers. I almost cried, but quickly secured the paper that I had seen Katherine crumple up and throw. No one was trying to get the papers where I was, so I reached for another. Then, a guy with a grabber came out onstage and began handing out papers. He handed one to me, and then he got another. No one was around to take it, so he offered it to me. I was ecstatic with my three papers. As I walked back to my seat, I noticed many envious glares from other girls directed at my handful of newspapers.

I shook with excitement, waiting for the second act. Once more, I laughed too hard at the jokes and clapped too hard for the songs. I cried during “Letter from the Refuge.” I got overly excited for Spot Conlon and the Brooklyn newsies coming in to save the day. I rejoiced when Crutchie was reunited with Jack.

And then it was over. The actors took their bows and exited the stage. But I asked my dad if we could go to the stage door to meet the newsies. To my surprise and delight, he agreed! He even agreed to take pictures of me with all of the actors.

Iain Young was the first newsie I met. I really can’t tell you what I said or did because I was so excited to actually be meeting one of them!

Sky was the second newsie I met. I was so excited that to each of the actors, a string of words would fall out of my mouth. I told Sky that I loved his Albert, and he was so happy with me that he gave me a side hug.

Jordan was next, but he wasn’t so friendly. After he finished with the line, he rode his skateboard in the street.

When I saw Aisha (Medda), I freaked out. I told her that she was amazing and that I loved her song. She said, “Thank you, honey, but I didn’t write it!” We laughed, and I told her that she sang it amazingly. I think she liked me.

Next I saw Meredith Inglesby (Hannah). I told her that I loved her Hannah. She said she really enjoys playing her.

Steve Blanchard was next. I told him he was a great Pulitzer. He was SUPER nice. He asked if it was my first time at the show, and I’m pretty sure he called me sweetheart. He gave me a tight side hug.

Morgan Keene was the next person in line. She was AMAZING. That was the first thing that came out of my mouth. “You’re amazing!” I can’t even remember what else I said to her, I was THAT excited.

When I saw Josh, I could not contain my excitement. Mom and I had seen him come into the theater. He was wearing his grey shirt and maroon shorts and backpack. I almost fainted then. So at the stage door, I told him that I had seen him then, but I hadn’t wanted to bother him. He said I should’ve said hi and that I wouldn’t have been bothering him. I asked for a hug, and he was super sweet and gave me a nice, long, tight hug. I then got a picture with him. I thanked him at least ten billion times. I think he liked me.

I turned around from finishing with Josh, and there he was. The Jack Kelly. Joey Barriero was standing right behind me. I almost screamed. I don’t remember half of what I said, but I told that “Santa Fe” was my favorite song, and he said he hoped he had done okay. I told him that he was AMAZING! I also told him that he was an amazing Jack. He gave me a nice side hug, too. When he walked away, he rubbed my back a little, and I almost passed out.

Andy came next. I like Zach better. But I told him he did good anyway and that Crutchie is my favorite.

Nick was great too. He seemed so happy. We had one of those awkward moments where you don’t know which way to go when we were taking a picture. I saw him enter the theater as well.

Kaitlyn was awesome. She plays Sniper, the girlsie. I don’t even remember what I told her.

Anthony Zas was amazing. He’s less than an inch taller than I am! Nick photobombed one of his pictures. I told him that I loved his Spot. He said he loves playing him. I had seen him enter the theater, too, and I swear he looked at me from the stage.

Anthony Norman pushed his bike through the line. He’d ride it home to his parents after he was done with each show.

Julian was the last newsie we met. I waited a long time, hoping someone else would come out. He was so happy and full of energy. He asked how I was, and I said amazing and asked how he was. He said good, tired, and sweaty! I told him, “No wonder, after doing all that!” He thought that was pretty funny.

And that, summed up, is my amazing Newsies experience.

I meant to draw a bunch of my favorite moments from Parks before the show ends later this month. But due to a lot of stuff happening, I only got to finish this one. So here you go, one of the funniest scenes of all time.

Tony Denison Facebook Chat

So, now that RL is actually giving me a break I finally had the chance to watch Tony’s facebook chat with Duff before last week’s episode. I really enjoyed listening to Tony. Here are some comments on the chat.

1. OMG, I have to start off with didn’t Tony look delicious! I’d love to have Andy wear that purple plaid shirt on MC–especially with the cuffs turned up the way they were in the chat. Very, very sexy.

2. Save the date! We have an October wedding! What a lovely time to get married. And that leaves us with an eight month engagement which I think is pretty perfect timing. And shock of shocks according to Duff Sharon and Andy will be discussing the size of the wedding–unless of course since this is Duff, he means they are going to do their usual discussion of important things off-screen and then just allude to whatever decision they came up with as if we were actually privy to that conversation.

Tony was so cute saying that Flynn is boastful and will want to invite the whole LAPD while Duff said Sharon will be looking at something a little smaller and more intimate–just family and the dept. Looking for a compromise here as I hope it will be a little more than family and MC dept or it will end up only being about 15 people–then again, since they haven’t really been allowed to have any friends there probably wouldn’t be that many people even if they added friends. Happy the wedding will be in episode 5 so we’ll get several episodes of Mr. And Mrs. Flynn, and Duff did say we’ll see it, but again who knows with him, it could be a 30 second shot and he’d say  we got to see it. Yes, my blood pressure seems to be rising with all this salt…

2. “Not being able to be there for my teammates and for the woman I love as a colleague and as a bodyguard” Oh my freaking GOD, Andy Flynn actually referred to Sharon Raydor as “The woman I love”. Oops, no sorry, that was Tony speaking about his character, but hellfire, it still made me giddy–imagine what would happen if the unimaginable happened and he was actually allowed to utter those words on MC.  So Duff, you were sitting right beside Tony when he said it so a. You know he thinks Andy loves Sharon, maybe that’s why he asked her to marry him…DUH and b. Tony can physically say the word “love” so there is no damn reason on earth WHY you haven’t let Andy…or Sharon…utter the words I LOVE YOU to each other!  And, oh geez, how sweet was the “as a bodyguard”. He wants to be there to protect Sharon and can’t be. I now so want to see a scene where Andy actually gets to be that bodyguard. Not that Sharon wouldn’t be a fighter, as they said, she is no damsel in distress. But Sharon has gotten to the be the badass let‘s let Andy have a shot. Maybe with Stroh? Here’s hoping.

3. Emily Raydor will be back–I’m figuring probably for the wedding. Yay! Duff isn’t sure about meeting Rusty’s baby sister. GOOD. Let’s hope we never do. I absolutely despise Sharon Beck and hope we never have to see her again. That said, Tony looked totally lost when they mentioned Rusty’s baby sister then kind of laughed when he finally got it and said under his breath “Oh yeah“. Bet he was thinking “Holy shit, is Sharon pregnant? Is Duff writing one of those fanfic babyfics?” LOL.

4. Tony actually brought up my head canon! In my head canon when MC is over, Andy and Sharon will open a PI business together and will pull Provenza out of retirement to help out. Tony mentioned it being four years or so down the road when MC is over he and GW will start their own PI business. Interesting concept. New head canon. By then he and Sharon are married of course, Sharon is the Asst. Chief, Andy retires cause he’s sick of being left behind and wants to be back out in the field so he opens a PI business, pulls Provenza out of retirement to help, and he and Provenza get in all kinds of scrapes and sort of get in Sharon’s way at times, while helping her at others. Just a quick thought that came to me.

5. “The camera loves Tony, he looks good in anything.” Oh YES Duff he most certainly does!

6. Tony agrees, he’d like to have Andy save Sharon from an abduction. WRITE THIS MC writers!

7. Andy didn’t get that the boys were behind his annulment because he was just so happy that it was happening. He only realized it after Sharon’s comments to them, but again, the end result was a good one so he doesn’t care.

8. MC is not coming back until September. Can’t believe I have to go the whole summer without Shandy. That sucks.

9. So, Duff says we are going to get to hear Andy and Sharon say I love you! Should I hold my breath? I can’t remember if the question was phrased “to each other” or not, because Sharon always tells Rusty “I love you.”

10. LOL someone asked if Andy could take Rusty out on the terrace and throw him off. I’m surprised Duff didn’t blow a gasket.

11.There will be more Andy/Rusty father son moments. I liked it when Duff commented on Rusty not being so keen on the whole “my mother and Andy are lovers” deal and yet Andy never backed down, thinking “you don’t get to decide this kid.” LOL. So, while Andy was respectful of Rusty and accepted that Sharon was a single mom and that she and Rusty were a package deal he also was NOT going to let Rusty dictate he and Sharon’s relationship.

12. One of Tony’s favorite scenes is the recent one with he, Ricky and Rusty in the condo because he got to delve into Andy’s backstory a little bit. See, it’s not just us. These actors are DYING to know more about their characters!

13. Interesting to hear Tony talking about going to a party in Sharon’s condo building and thinking “I’ve been here before.”

14. A question was asked about any new women being added to the cast and Duff yes, there would be new women added to the cast next season and with the look he gave I’m thinking that means my nightmare comes true and we are going to be stuck with that bitch Winnie Davis as Sharon’s boss. I’m so gonna hate that.  

15. “I know there is a part of Andy that wants to put that guy down.“ Tony’s answer to the question about how Andy feels about Stroh coming after Rusty and Sharon. YES YES YES, PLEASE YES!!!

16. Andy as a father figure for Rusty. “Every time Rusty has had a male come into his life it has gone badly for him, but this time it’s going to be different.” Aww….

17. The rule breaker marrying the rule maker. Cute way of describing Shandy. I love how Tony talked about Andy’s attraction to Sharon first coming professionally then as he got to work with her more thinking “Hey, she’s okay, she’s really okay” That really sounded pretty hot. According to Duff Sharon is Andy’s first real adult relationship and Nicole‘s wedding was the turning point in their relationship.

Guess that’s it. Tomorrow I’ll tackle Shockwave Pt. 1

Richonne Party 7x12

Wednesday: Favorite kiss

Wow, wow, wow.  How is this question even possible?  We’ve been so blessed.  Each kiss has been, what’s the word–? Satisfying? Perfect? Satisfyingly perfect?  Well. After a lot of deep thought (about 13 seconds), my favorite kiss goes to…

Like.  What else is there to say?  Out of all of their moments of lip locking, I always somehow drift back to this one.  I mean cuz I think it’s safe to say that WE ALL REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE when Rick said, “Have your mints” and the two of them had that lingering stare and then before we knew it… our very souls lit fire.  This kiss marked history for us!  We’ll always remember this kiss!  And nothing I could have ever imagined for a fiery first kiss came CLOSE to what Andy and Danai created because daaaaayyuuuuuum!!  I apparently can’t handle straight fire!

Title: The Wonderlands // Author: Stylinsoncity @alienproof // Rating: Mature // Word Count: 150520 // Chapter - AU Famous Louis / Single Dad Harry // Completed: 06/26/2017 

Actual Summary: "Somewhere between chaos and control — these are the wonderlands.“Harry’s daughter, Andy, is signed to Louis’ girl band. Her path to success is marked by competition, chaos, and for Harry, a love affair.

Green’s Summary: Harry is a single dad to Andy, a budding rock star. Louis is the producer of her all girl band. Harry and Louis have a pretty immediate attraction to each other but Andy has made her father promise that he won’t go after Louis. A lot of pining and sexual tension ensues. 

Hi! It’s Green here with another review. I can’t believe I actually finished when I said I was going to. The Taming of The Shrew who needs that when I can read Stylinsoncity’s The Wonderlands. Guys, I’m obsessed with this fic. I’ve literally just finished it (at work!) and I cannot even think straight it was so amazing. Every chapter – every page – was so much better than the last one. THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. THE DECLARATIONS OF LOVE. I feel like I’m not even processing anything right now. My brain is just screaming: incredible, beautiful, amazing, talented. Picture me as Lady Gaga in that interview right now. Anyways, I guess I’ll stop screaming and we can get into the grit of this fic yeah? Here is my review for Stylinsoncity’s The Wonderlands.

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I think Rocket would totally do this just to mess with Peter, because Peter gets WAAAAY too excited sometimes.

GotG / Parks and Rec mash up!!   From one of my favorite brilliant Andy moments with the tackling of a possum

My favorite quotes from movies:

Cloud Atlas

“Sixsmith. I climb the steps of the Scot monument every morning and all becomes clear. Wish I could make you see this brightness. Don’t worry, all is well. All is so perfectly, damnably well. I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.”


fall out boy + music videos 

the youngblood chronicles favorite moments - young volcanoes

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anonymous asked:

What's your favorite April/Andy moment?

There’s so many cute ones!!!!

My favorite is probably in Season 7 in the Johnny Karate Musical Explosion Show where Andy comforts April and basically tells her that he’s happy wherever she is and is super sweet and ugh it’s adorable.

The Runner up is Andy saying “I like you in a romantical kind of way”

Yes Please by Amy Poehler: My Castmates and Friends

RASHIDA JONES (ANN PERKINS): Rashida is my old friend and chosen sister. She is my wife for life. I loved the scenes where it was just Ann and Leslie figuring out a problem. I would go sit on a fake apartment set and be friends with Ann and then go sit in my real trailer and be friends with Rashida. It was so easy to play being in love with Ann because next to my mom and my possible future daughter, Rashida Jones is the prettiest person I have ever met. She is also beautiful inside. We had so many deep conversations about our real lives in our fake offices. Rashida can speak on everything from Rodarte to Rodin to Rhodesia. I am so proud of the real friendship that Leslie and Ann had on-screen. It was important to both Rashida and me to show two women who supported each other and seemed like they would actually be friends.

  • My favorite moments on set: Rashida and me singing and dancing between takes.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Rashida shares my obsession with miniature fake food.
  • I laughed the hardest: The time Rashida and I (Ann and Leslie) had to try to pin Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) down and feed him medicine in the “Hunting Trip” episode.

NICK OFFERMAN (RON SWANSON): I met Nick Offerman in Chicago in 1997. He had dyed his beard bright orange and his hair was shaped into two devil horns. He looked terrifying. He was doing a production of A Clockwork Orange with some cool theater company. Nick has real theater training and complete control over his instrument. This is why Ron Swanson is one of the best characters ever to be on television. He can do stillness like no other. He is incredibly professional but also giggly. We both talk about how much we love our jobs at least five times a day. He adores his wife and takes nothing for granted. He is someone I would run to when the zombies attack because he can build a boat and is great company.

  • My favorite moments on set: Blocking scenes with Nick in Ron’s office.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Nick is crazy for his two poodles.
  • I laughed the hardest: The time Ron Swanson tried to push Leslie up onto a podium while the entire cast was slipping on ice in the episode “The Comeback Kid.“

AZIZ ANSARI (TOM HAVERFORD): Aziz was a UCB wunderkind who had already had his own sketch show, Human Giant, before he joined Parks. He is a keen observer of the human condition and a lot sweeter and quieter than you would imagine. Like Tom Haverford, he is a total foodie and part-time culture vulture. Aziz and I spent a lot of time together building the world of Pawnee in those first couple of seasons. We stood together in a dusty pit and did our first television promos with a bunch of wild raccoons. We once shot a scene where Aziz had to run the length of a golf course and he barely broke a sweat. He has the stride and work ethic of a long-distance runner.

  • My favorite moments on set: Hearing my kids call Aziz “turkey sandwich.” I think it’s because he was eating a turkey sandwich once? Either way they think he is hilarious.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Aziz went to business school.
  • I laughed the hardest: The night Aziz and I spent shooting in a van during the episode “The Stakeout.”

AUBREY PLAZA (APRIL LUDGATE): Aubrey is my devil child and my girlfriend in crime. She will do anything for me, and me for her. She was an NBC page and made up facts during her studio tours. She was an SNL intern and smoked cigarettes with the set painters. Her great work as April Ludgate turned what could have been a one-note performance into a deep character study. Both the character of April and person of Aubrey are secret softies. When I was going through my divorce and sad about coming back to Los Angeles, Aubrey dressed up as an alien and surprised me at the airport. She is a big-hearted warrior and a good and loyal friend. She speaks Spanish and gets the most sleep of anyone on our show.

  • My favorite moments on set: Hugging Aubrey and asking her if she was eating enough.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Aubrey has a shrine to Judy Garland in her house.
  • I laughed the hardest: The scene in the “Two Parties” episode where April discovers that the illuminated penis hat she is wearing is helping her as she digs to bury stolen artifacts.

CHRIS PRATT (ANDY DWYER): Chris had the best audition I had ever seen. No one knew his work and he came in and crushed. He is a comedy savant and a natural actor in a way I have never really seen. Each take is different and hilarious and completely unexpected. His character was only supposed to be on the show for six episodes, which seems ridiculous now. There are long discussions in the writers’ room about how much Andy knows and doesn’t know. Chris is exactly how you would expect him to be in person: friendly, open, and very strong. When we were going through tough times we would text each other, “How’s the weather?” He also likes hunting and country music. I’ve learned a lot from watching him. He constantly reminds me to stay loose and have fun.

  • My favorite moments on set: Watching Pratt do physical comedy. Nobody falls like Pratt. Nobody does pratfalls like Pratt falls.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Chris actually plays the guitar and has helped write Mouse Rat songs.
  • I laughed the hardest: Any time Andy got distracted in the middle of listening to important instructions, like in the episode “The Trial of Leslie Knope.

ROB LOWE (CHRIS TRAEGER): I can’t believe I am Rob Lowe’s coworker, let alone his friend. For the first few weeks after I met him I hounded him with questions about his movies. The scene when Sodapop comes out of the shower in The Outsiders was a very important moment in my adolescence. Rob gives wise advice and loves to talk about show business. He joined the show at a time when our status was very shaky and he helped keep us on the air. He is a committed father and has great wisdom about raising two boys. He delighted in the rigorous physical challenges we put him and his character through. He played Chris Traeger as a wide-eyed lunatic and loved every minute of it.

  • My favorite moments on set: When Chris Traeger would have to go from standing still to a full sprint in less than five seconds.
  • A lot of people don’t know: We have a nickname for Rob. It’s RoLo, and he loves it.
  • I laughed the hardest: When Chris Traeger played “air banjo” in the backseat during the “Road Trip” episode.

RETTA SIRLEAF (DONNA MEAGLE): Retta can sing opera and cry on cue. She is a very warm person who does not suffer fools. The character of Donna Meagle has grown because Retta keeps adding small details in the fine work she does. I love how Donna is the only character who really holds her own against Ron Swanson. I love how she has nothing in common with Leslie Knope but tolerates her anyway. When we were rehearsing in the first few weeks of the show, Greg Daniels had me give a tour of the office and introduce everyone to camera. Retta, whom I barely knew, was sitting at Donna’s station pretending to be on the phone. I came over and checked out the stuff on her desk and noticed a yellow leaf pinned up on a bulletin board behind her. I asked her where it came from and she deadpanned, “Outside.”

  • My favorite moments on set: Retta talking about anything she loves or hates.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Her aunt is the president of Liberia.
  • I laughed the hardest: When Donna Meagle cried after a bullet hit her Benz in the “Hunting Trip” episode.

JIM O’HEIR (GARY/JERRY/LARRY/TERRY GERGICH): The character of Jerry is allowed to be such a loser because Jim the person is such a winner. He is sweet and funny and has the best timing of anyone on our show. He is a fine actor from Chicago who made what could have been a bad one-joke character into someone you root for and against. In real life, teasing him is okay because we all love him. In the show, Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry is married to Christie Brinkley and has a gigantic penis. He is my parents’ favorite.

  • My favorite moments on set: Everybody making fun of Jerry.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Jim has a huge tongue.
  • I laughed the hardest: When Jerry suffered a “fart attack” in “Halloween Surprise.” Jim played it so real and it was ridiculous.

ADAM SCOTT (BEN WYATT): Adam is my TV husband and I couldn’t ask for a better partner to fake come home to. The characters of Ben and Leslie have gone through so much together and I feel so lucky to have had Adam by my side. The fact that people cared about our TV love story is because Adam is a tremendous actor; he listens intently and always makes me better. Ben-and-Leslie scenes were exciting and nerve-racking to shoot because we all cared so much about making them work. Adam is a kind person who loves his family and cares about the people he works with. He also speaks slowly and tells really long and boring stories and someone needs to tell him to cut the shit. Adam always has fresh breath for kissing scenes and a very dry sense of humor.

  • My favorite moments on set: Any time Leslie and Ben kiss.
  • A lot of people don’t know: Adam grew up in Santa Cruz and insists it’s totally acceptable to drive barefoot.
  • I laughed the hardest: When Ben had a kidney stone and lost his mind on morphine in the “Partridge” episode.
  • I cried the hardest: When Ben got down on one knee and proposed to Leslie.