Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally made it clear, just 10 seconds into our phone conversation, that they were skipping the foreplay and diving right in.
Asked where they were calling from, Mullally – showing the sass she injected into Karen Walker for all those years on “Will & Grace” – joked: “We’re at a swingers club in central Illinois.”
“We’re in a massive vat of pudding. Butterscotch,” added Offerman, employing the delightfully deadpan delivery that fans of “Parks and Recreation” laughed at for seven seasons. “Whoa, slow down! You can do that, but go slow.”
This, by the way, is the type of humor (softened here for slightly more general audiences) that you can expect in the husband-and-wife comedy duo’s “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.” The touring show, which includes a variety of songs and skits based on the couple’s marriage and sex life, comes to Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
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In our July interview, Offerman, 46, and Mullally, 57, discussed “Summer of 69” as frankly as they could without getting me into trouble with my editors.
Q. So, how much can we say about this show that’s OK to print in a family newspaper?
Offerman: Are you allowed to use the word vagina?
Q. Maybe. Depends on the context.
Offerman: Oh, then plenty.
Mullally: How about the word (vulgar slang deleted)?
Offerman: No, huh? Um... well...
Mullally: Well, it’s gonna be a short article.
Q. Let’s at least give it a shot. Go ahead and describe the show for me.
Mullally: It’s very educational.
Offerman: It’s full of husband-and-wife comedy, with some wonderfully ribald songs and a great many descriptions and variations on the way in which babies are made.
Q. That’s good. That we can get away with, I think. So how did you come up with the idea for the show?
Offerman: We were actually in this very vat of pudding a few years back, and we were performing these songs together about our body parts, and we said, “You know, people might like to hear these songs.” We’d both been touring separately – me as a solo guy and Megan has this great band called Nancy and Beth. It was a lot of fun, but we were missing each other. So we said, “Let’s engineer a way where we can have our cake and eat it, too.” And by cake I mean the section between the navel and upper thigh.
Mullally: We like road trips, and this is sort of like an extended road trip, where we get to see a lot of America, but we also get paid to do a comedy show.
Q. Have people who didn’t realize it was going to be so raunchy walked out of the show? Even though it’s pretty much spelled out in the title?
Offerman: A lot less than we initially thought.
Mullally: Less than we had hoped.
Offerman: Yeah. I guess we’re gonna have to up the blue quotient, if we want to get the walk-outs that we strive for.
Q. How long is the show?
Mullally: It’s like four hours and 15 minutes?
Offerman: Yeah, there’s a 90-minute intro, at which point the tantric sex portion of the show commences. And that can go anywhere from four to 17 hours...
Mullally: We’re actually in a tantric sex position right now. We’ve been holding it since midnight last night, right?
(Editor’s note: The show runs about 90 minutes.)
Q. What’s the secret to being able to work together so well while still managing to get along so well when you’re not performing?
Mullally: We really like each other – that’s a big element of it. We just enjoy each other’s company, and we’re both creative, and we both have skills that allow us to do a show. So why not do something together?
Q. I’m pretty impressed. I mean, it seems like most celebrity marriages don’t last.
Offerman: Actually, I feel like the celebrity divorce rate is probably similar to the general American divorce rate.
Mullally: Yeah, the ratio of celebrity divorces is probably about the same as non-celebrity divorces, it’s just that the non-celebrity divorces don’t get a lot of public scrutiny, normally.
Offerman: There’s probably a great deal of married couples working in entertainment that are just nice couples, so they don’t make the news. We don’t hear about all of the happy relationships, we just hear when there’s a messy divorce.
Mullally: Plus, I’m from Oklahoma, and Nick’s from a small town in Illinois. If I had picked a guy to marry who builds motorcycles and is covered in tattoos and his last girlfriend was a porn star, then we might be having a different conversation right now.
Q. Well, so how much longer do you think your marriage will last?
Mullally: Until I meet a guy who builds motorcycles and is covered in tattoos and whose last girlfriend was a porn star. That’s what I’m looking for. Nick is just a placeholder.
Offerman: I’m just hanging on for dear life.
In this 2014 clip from “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally answer fan questions about relationships:
Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally’s Summer of 69: No Apostrophe
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Where: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Details: 800-745-3000; www.ovensauditorium.com.
More Offerman: His third book – “Good Clean Fun,” about woodworking and his L.A.-based Offerman Woodshop – due Oct. 18. ... He’ll co-star alongside Michael Keaton in the movie “The Founder,” due Jan. 20.
More Mullally: She’ll co-star with James Franco and Bryan Cranston in the Dec. 25 movie “Why Him?”