Author: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly
Rating: 5 Stars
Dates read: 04 Apr 19 – 07 Apr 19
Publication date: 02 Oct 2018
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Memoir, Autobiography, Humour
At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle, all telling the smoldering tale that has fascinated Hollywood for over a decade.
The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress had agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter had said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal, she surveyed her fellow cast members, as one does, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning, the thought struck her: No dice. Moving on.
Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher. Then fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once it ignited, was . . . epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.
How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.
Eighteen years later, they’re still very much in love, and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they’ve learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they’ve completed, in a book. Featuring anecdotes, hijinks, interviews, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery, this is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally’s and Offerman’s fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.
I feel like this review is going to be short and sweet, because there is only so many ways that I can say that this book was brilliant and hilarious. I went into it expecting the book to be humorous, after all, Nick and Megan are both comedic actors. I don’t watch anything they’re in, so my only experiences with them has been on social media, and even though I did like them, I pretty much chose to listen to the book because I had heard good things about it and it fitted a challenge for OWLs Readathon 2019.
I love listening to memoirs because you get a real feel for people and extra weight to their stories. This was no different, and actually felt more like listening to a podcast than a book. There were sections where just one of the authors was reading from the book, which was great and an individual section written by them, but it was when they were together that they shone (something I feel like probably reflects their relationship as a whole). Their chemistry was infectious and their comedic and supportive timing was something that really made it feel like you were listening to a conversation, to a story being told at a local bar rather than from the pages of a book.
Many relationships, especially celebrity ones, either exude a feeling of forced brevity and happiness, or become intolerably touchy feely, yet somehow these have avoided that. Their love shines through not because they say it, but because you can hear it in the way they reverently speak about one another and when they talk about their careers and their partner’s careers. They have a great fondness for one another’s friends and family and clearly share so many similar values that you can feel how compatible they are instantly.
Hearing about their different paths within the same industry was fascinating. Hollywood is an industry that encourages the worst aspects in humans and these two have found a solace in one another and remained true to themselves and their values. They support one another unconditionally, and even when they have opportunities they maintain a 2 week rule that puts their relationship above work. I find this quite inspirational. I am not someone who has this level of commitment in my life, but Hollywood and acting is uncertain, and we are told of relationships breaking apart because work got in the way regularly, so to understand how they bridge their physical and emotional gaps when they’re working away was really interesting.
I also found the discussions about their relationship honest and enlightening. Their candid answers to questions clearly posed by editors and alike were equal part fascinating and heartwarming. Their age difference on the outside would seemingly have a large affect on them, but they are clearly kindred spirits and I like how their differing ages have no real effect on the way they work as a couple, if anything, it plays to their favour. They speak refreshingly honestly and normalise fertility struggles, and as its nice to hear that they would have had kids if it worked out ut actually they feel like their life has worked out because they didn’t have them. They’re dedicated pup-parents, and ultimately, doing puzzles and spending time together (often in technological time out) if their truly happy place.
It hasn’t made me want to watch more of their stuff, I won’t lie to you, but it really brought me joy listening to this book (and the ‘secret’ audiobook only chapter!). They were funny, as in laugh out loud funny; they were loving in a genuine and not vomit-inducing way, and ultimately, listening to their story was nothing short of a pleasure! When all is said and done, that title might be onto something!