Music & Nightlife

Review: Offerman, Mullally offer up raunch, with a dose of sweetness

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman brought their husband-and-wife comedy show – titled “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” – to Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium on August 10.
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman brought their husband-and-wife comedy show – titled “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” – to Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium on August 10. Live Nation

They’re like rare birds by Hollywood marriage terms: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have remained wedded more than a decade, and Wednesday night they gave the Ovens Auditorium audience a raunchy, musical eyeful into their lives between the sheets.

Crass sex jokes were the main entree, but there were also a few side dishes Wednesday night as Offerman, best known as Ron Swanson in “Parks & Recreation” and Mullally, who was a scene stealer in “Will & Grace” as Karen Walker made their first of 20 stops in the 2016 “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe Tour.”

Newbies to Offerman and Mullally’s off-screen performances might have been surprised by the musicality of the show; most of the evening revolved around songs the two had composed with him playing guitar and she playing a small stringed instrument (Was it a mandolin? A ukulele? Hard to tell behind her music stand.)

One of the more humorous songs played up the couple’s Hollywood insider status, with their descriptions of A-listers’ sexual proclivities in the song “Hollywood’s Glittering Holes.” (“Affleck’s a crier.”)

They gave a nod to politics with a song lambasting Donald Trump, “All Hail, President Trump” one of the only breaks from sex talk in the program. (“All hail, President Trump. He’s the king of this smouldering dump.”)

Towards the middle of the program, they invited an unmarried couple from the audience, Julie and Colin, to join them onstage for a “compatibility quiz,” where they had the pair white board-answer multiple choice questions about groan-inducing topics as having relations with puppies and intercourse while skydiving. The only thing that saved some of the evening’s too-over-the-top jokes like these were Offerman and Mullally’s comedic timing.

Another song was an ode to a “three-way with Jesus,” with lyrics that could make some shift in their seats (“on that day we nailed more than a cross”) - a risky tune in the Bible belt, but one that drew loud laughs from the audience.

One of the best-executed bits of the night came when Offerman and Mullally asked the audience to proffer a ruling over a disagreement about whether they should have cut down a tree on property they once considered buying. As each gave their side of the disagreement, their comedic chops shined.

Offerman described the show as “an intense aphrodisiac”, but the pair were not dressed to impress: Offerman in a relaxed-fit navy button down shirt with jeans, and Mullally in an oversized printed T-shirt atop roomy pants, slip-on Vans and an unstructured jacket.

For all the physical and verbal crudeness in the show (at one point, Offerman faked an orgasm behind his guitar and asked an audience couple who had brought their baby for some wipes), genuine sweetness came at the end. Mullally and Offerman each sang a ballad for the other, his called “Queen of the Pixies,” and hers, “My Pop.”

“We’ll be together when we’re 90,” Offerman said, “because I love the crap out of this woman.” Then they danced, Snoopy-style, to the show’s last song, Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better.”