Sameer Rao Sameer Rao is a Philadelphia-based freelance journalist and former City Paper intern whose works predominantly focus on music, art, theatre, comedy, education, activism, arts communities, gender, race, society, and where all of those things intersect. His writing so far has appeared in City Paper, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, APIARY Online, and the Good Men Project. Look for upcoming pieces in CRED Magazine and WXPN's The Key.
I got a few minutes on the phone with Nick Offerman last week, in advance of his solo comedy show at the Tower, and he made me a promise: "American Ham is guaranteed to contain minor nudity." (Read the whole interview at City Paper's revamped Naked City blog.) Now, he isn't talking about resurrecting his career as a nude model, or, uh, the nudity of minors but, well, we're not sure who or what will be naked Tuesday night. It could be Offerman — best known to the world as Parks and Recreation's mustachioed libertarian meataholic Ron Swanson — himself (hot). It could be somebody in the opening act, Nancy and Beth, featuring his lovely wife Megan Mullally (also hot). Regardless, American Ham will definitely deliver unyielding displays of patriotism, unsolicited woodworking advice and uncensored instructions for living life as it should be lived. Sit back and relax — you just might learn a thing or two. Nudity.
Tue., Sept. 3, 8 p.m., $34.50, with Nancy and Beth, Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, 610-352-2887, thetowerphilly.com.