Actor Nick Offerman: Minooka's lack of diversity 'drove me to the arts'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:29:02 AM. Actor Nick Offerman grew up in Minooka, and his family still lives in the suburb southwest of Chicago.

Actor Nick Offerman said in a new interview that his hometown of Minooka, a southwest suburb of Chicago, was “not accepting of people with different-colored skin or sexuality,” which “unconsciously drove” him to the arts.

“The town was incredibly conservative, and there was one popular accepted viewpoint and that was very white and (leaning) to the right,” Offerman, 47, in advance of his Cleveland tour stop scheduled for Sunday. “It was such a different time and now my little town has exploded with population because the commuters of Chicago have reached these farm towns where the school districts are amazing. Driving from Minooka to Chicago is the equivalent of driving to a grocery store in Los Angeles. It’s just 45 minutes.”

Offerman, whose late grandfather Ray Offerman served as Minooka village president from 1981 to 1986, also praised his conservative and bucolic upbringing as magnificent in many ways. He said he was able to ride his bike anywhere because there wasn't this modern sensibility of fear and crime. Offerman’s family still lives in the area and he seems to visit regularly.

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The “Parks and Recreation” alumnus is set to perform two shows Dec. 1 at the Chicago Theatre as part of his “Full Bush" comedy tour.

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