Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter to discuss their reality show ‘Making It‘. They talk about how the idea for the show came about, why they only wanted to be hosts and not judges, what did they learn from season 1 and much more. You can read the entire interview in our press library.
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman were first seen onscreen together on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, but they met many years earlier, in 1996 in Chicago, where they were both fixtures on the comedy scene. In July 2018, they debuted their newest collaboration, Making It, NBC’s reality competition about crafters competing for a $100,000 prize. Poehler’s (who produces the show through her Paper Kite Productions) and Offerman’s hosting duties include interviewing the contestants as they create ambitious works ranging from Halloween costumes to handmade forts; the pair also performs interstitial comedic bits ranging from pun-offs to a running gag about how they don’t want to send any contestants home, ever.
Emmy-nominated for outstanding host (they’re competing against RuPaul Charles, James Corden, Ellen DeGeneres and Marie Kondo), Poehler and Offerman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about making a nice reality competition show, why they aren’t judges and what they learned from the first season.
How did the idea for this show come about?
NICK OFFERMAN I’m going to defer credit to Amy and her gang of powerful lady producers. They are the brains behind the operation. They came up with the idea, and I think truly it came from Amy, the sensibility of, “I don’t want to make anyone cry.”
AMY POEHLER I had been asked to host things in the past, but I don’t like a lot of tension in my unscripted series. Even stuff where it’s like a race for money or are they going to make a million dollars — it’s just too stressful for me in these times. [Executive producer] Nicolle Yaron had this idea of taking advantage of what the creative process looked like and celebrating it. It’s really where Making It came from. Immediately I thought, “Well, I have to do this with Nick.” He’s pretty much the only actor I know who I would turn to when the shit goes down. He knows how to make a canoe — he really spends all day making things.
Ahead of the Women in Film Gala tonight, Amy Poehler talked to Variety about her recent projects such as Wine Country, Duncanville, and Making it. She also talked about Paper Kite (her production company) having different projects. Read it below!
Golden Globe-winning actress-writer-producer-director Poehler is receiving the Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award, which celebrates the ongoing achievements of an individual whose work nurtures the advancement of their female collaborators.
Poehler says she’s “delighted, especially since I’m sharing the evening with so many impressive women.”
And in Hollywood’s rapidly changing social landscape, Poehler has certainly noticed recent positive change.
“More women of color are telling their stories and more women are behind the camera,” she notes, as well as “the changing faces and broadening minds of the ultimate gatekeepers.”
Tonight, the cast and creators of ‘Russian Doll‘ – including Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, and Charlie Barnett – have attended Netflix’s FYSEE Event for ‘Russian Doll’ in Los Angeles, California. Pictures from the event have been added to our photo gallery!
Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne and the writers of ‘Russian Doll‘ attended the Inside The Writer’s Room Of ‘Russian Doll’ Panel Event at the Writers Guild Theater last night (June 5) in Beverly Hills, California. Our gallery has been updated with photos from the event!
Updated on June 25, 2019: The full conversation has been released in audio format and you can listen to it below!
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman were interviewed by Deadline to talk about ‘Making It‘. They discussed the positive side of the show, how they came up with the idea, teased the upcoming Season 2, and much more. Read the interview below!
Comedic powerhouses with incomparable rapport, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman recently ventured into unfamiliar territory with Making It, their first unscripted series. Spearheading the project through her Paper Kites shingle, Poehler’s pitch for the show was beautiful and succinct. “I think she said, ‘We want it to be a hug of a television show,’” Offerman recalls.
Hosted and executive produced by the Parks and Recreation alums, NBC’s crafting series centers on incredibly talented individuals working in various disciplines, who share a penchant and a gift for making intricate works of art by hand. A breezy and good-hearted reality competition series, with little actual emphasis on competition, Making It was crafted like any of the works on display—with a lot of thought, hard work and heart.
From Poehler’s perspective, the show was exciting because it felt unique, like “its own animal in the world of unscripted.” A craftsmen himself—who oversees a Los Angeles woodworking collective, in between other jobs—Offerman brought a lifetime of experience to the table, and found the project equally stimulating, approaching Making It with a specific mission in mind. While engaging in “tomfoolery” with his longtime friend, he wanted to illustrate the magic of crafting, and its considerable value —not only to the individual, but also to the world at large.