How 'Parks & Rec' Lands Its Political Guests

In this week's episode (Monday, Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. ET), Amy Poehler, Mike Schur and the "Parks and Recreation" writers reveal how they land their political guests, including Vice President Joe Biden, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe.

"Occasionally ... I sometimes meet politicians who like and follow the show and kind of want to be on it, which is really cool," Poehler said in the exclusive clip above.

Schur said if the politicians haven't seen the NBC comedy, their staff has. In the case of Vice President Biden, Schur said the veep said he gets a lot of requests to do things, but "Parks and Rec" was the one gig he and his staff felt like he should do.

"He was so great. He was so fun," Schur noted. Poehler explained that she and Biden improvised. "He just kept going with it," she said.


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