THE PARKS AND RECREATION STAR AND CARPENTER SHARES HIS PERSONAL BEST
Favourite SF/fantasy film
The first film that took me was Explorers. These kids end up constructing a spaceship to go into outer space and it’s kind of like a sci-fi Stand By Me. It explores that notion of if you have a weird idea that grown ups don’t believe, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. And sure enough you and your friends can get to outer space. Because you’re special [laughs]!
Favourite SF/fantasy TV
On and off I’ve loved a lot of Doctor Who. I was like, “Oh, here’s the weirdest thing most likely to get me beat up on the playground. So guys, let me tell you about a TARDIS…”
Favourite SF/fantasy book
After a lifetime of scotch and marijuana it’s interesting to try to dive into the card catalogue, but I’m going to pull out a title that’s a little more obscure and that is the Illuminatus! Trilogy. It’s really trippy and openminded political sci-fi trash involving the Illuminati and the New World Order. It’s quite funny but also deadly serious.
Favourite SF/fantasy games
I played a lot of D&D as a kid and that was a gateway game. When I got to theatre school, I met these good friends of mine who now have this amazing company, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. We started playing a role-playing game called Cthulhu Lives and suddenly we just came into our manhood as LARPers. It was the most terrifying and thrilling thing I’ve ever been involved with.
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman is out in November from Dutton.