Nick Offerman, Chicago-area native actor, stars in new scotch ad campaign


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Friday, December 5, 2014
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Nick Offerman

CHICAGO -- Ron Swanson is selling scotch.

Joliet-born actor Nick Offerman stars in a new campaign touting two Diageo whisky brands.

The "Parks and Recreation" star, who graduated from the University of Illinois and came up through the Chicago theatre scene, plays a guitar and sips on scotch whisky as he sings about all the things he can't do while drinking said whisky - including playing guitar, woodworking, and horseback riding.


"You can't play a song and drink whisky

Whether in that or in this key

It could all be so grand if I had a third hand

But my doctors declared that too risky"

The My Tales of Whisky YouTube channel from the Scotland distillery, currently only features two videos.

Offerman tweeted about his new song Wednesday

Diageo produces single malt whiskies, including Lagavulin and Oban. Daigeo says Offerman is in fact a scotch enthusiast.

The channel promises the song is just the beginning.

"The storylines range from an epic transcontinental journey in which Offerman proves his love and knowledge of scotch, to a mockumentary on how Oban scotch gets made by the most gorgeous people on earth. There's even a helpful rhyme on responsible drinking," the channel's summary explains.

Offerman, 44, who grew up in southwest suburban Minooka, has starred in NBC's comedy "Parks and Recreation" since 2009 playing boss Ron Swanson. He's been married to "Will and Grace" star Megan Mullally since 2003.

Diageo is the world's largest producer of spirits - its brands include Johnie Walker, Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Ketel One vodka, Don Julio, Guinness, Tanqueray and many more.