The Chicago Humanities Festival just got a lot funnier with the addition of two leading voices of modern humor: actor Nick Offerman and filmmaker Judd Apatow.
Offerman, the Minooka High School grad best known as Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” will read from his upcoming book, “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers,” May 28 at the Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. The book, available May 26, is the former Chicago stage actor’s second work of prose following last year’s well-received memoir/manifesto “Paddle Your Own Canoe.”
Before that, he’ll appear with his wife, Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), in a May 7 show at the Chicago Theatre setting salacious details of their marriage to song.
The Apatow appearance, June 18 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 230 S. Columbus, will focus on his collection of comedian interviews called “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” out June 16. Apatow is executive producer of HBO’s “Girls” and directed “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “This Is 40.”
Tickets are $38 (for the general public) to each show and include a copy of the book. They go on sale to festival members (at a discount) at 10 a.m. April 6 and to everyone else at 10 a.m. April 9 at (312) 494-9509 or chicagohumanities.org.