Andrew Seraphin
The Wilbur Theatre

Nick Offerman: Gumption Book Tour Comes to The Wilbur

WHAT: On Friday, May 29th, 2015, Nick Offerman is coming to The Wilbur in Boston’s historic Theatre District.

In his bestselling first book and comedic memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sycamore leaves, and embrace good old-fashioned elbow grease. In his new book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman has turned his focus to twenty-one notable personages, past and present, whose lives have inspired him and whose contributions have helped make America the great country it is today.

So who is on Offerman’s list of Great Americans? After deciding that George Washington should be first for obvious reasons, Offerman based his other selections upon achievements which he considered to be great in scope, from leaders of men and women, to activists, artists, musicians, muckrakers, and some who are in categories of their own. What other list could be as far ranging and all-encompassing as to include Teddy Roosevelt, Wendell Berry, and Yoko Ono?

In addition to enlightening the masses about these heroic figures whose contributions helped shaped our common history, GUMPTION considers some examples of the ways in which we Americans have used the powers of freedom bestowed upon us to become more decent as a people and of course, some instances in which we have not. In the words of Offerman himself, “please enjoy my mixtape of twenty-one great Americans, which I sincerely hope will affect you in a way that makes you recognize your own God-given gumption and react accordingly, so that we may all end up with a little more decency and several more chuckles.”

Nick Offerman is an actor, humorist, and woodworker. Formerly a star of the hit TV show Parks and Recreation, where he played Ron Swanson, he has also appeared in the films 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, The Kings of Summer, A Walk in the Woods, and the upcoming Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. He spends his spare time touring as a humorist and running the Offerman Woodshop, where he has built canoes, tables, and one ukulele (to date). Nick is married to the most beautiful and talented actress working today, Megan Mullally. They live in Los Angeles, California, with their poodles and an impressive collection of assorted wood clamps.

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WHEN: Friday, May 29th, 2015 – 7:00 PM

COST: $37.00

WHERE: The Wilbur | 246 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116 | 617.248.9700

TICKETS: Visit, or call the box office at 617.248.9700

About The Wilbur:

Celebrating 100 years, The Wilbur, nestled in Boston’s historic Theatre District, is the premiere destination for comedy and music in Boston, MA. Built in 1914 by The Shubert Brothers, The Wilbur opened in 1915 and was named for The Shubert Theatre’s manager A.L. Wilbur. Recently revitalized by former Comedy Connection owner Bill Blumenreich in July of 2008, The Wilbur has become a first-class venue showcasing A-list comedians and musicians. A Comedy Central verified venue, the theater has attracted the best of the best in comedy including Aziz Ansari, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Jim Gaffigan. They also boast award-winning musicians from all genres such as Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill, Lyle Lovitt and Smoky Robinson. Offering an intimate show setting, The Wilbur provides the perfect environment for enjoying comedy sensations and chart topping artists in the heart of Boston’s historic Theater District.
The Wilbur is located at 246 Tremont Street in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit, or call 617.248.9700.