'Parks and Rec': It's all Jerry!

In just a few short hours, Parks and Recreationwill return to NBC with its fourth season premiere, which means, to borrow a phrase from Leslie Knope, "Yay! Making fun of Jerry is back!" Indeed, one of the many reasons to love this underdog local-government comedy lies in the portrayal of Jerry Gergich (played to resigned perfection by Jim O’Heir*), a human punching bag who has a true talent for botching words ("murinal"), bumbling into trouble (coffee, meet face), and just being the wrong person at the wrong time.

Perhaps it’s little surprise to learn that the Parks department employee who once bent over during a presentation to find his misplaced glasses, only to wind up splitting his pants andfarting, serves as prime humor fodder for the show’s writers. "Jim is a very likable actor, so it’s endlessly fun to take a completely inoffensive person and turn them into an object of complete and utter ridicule," shares executive producer Mike Schur. "More than any other kind of joke, we’ve had to take ‘Jerry is a moron’ jokes out of our scripts because it’s just too easy to write them. If we had allowed every Jerry joke we’ve ever written to be in the script, the show would be called Screw You, Jerry."  Read More...



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