When Ron Swanson Came to Town

Believe it or not, central Illinois is a not just a bunch of cornfields. Though the Morrow Plots, a live science experiment next to our Undergraduate Library, is pretty cool!

Sometimes at Illinois, there are some really cool acts that come to town. Sometimes they’re even super cool alumni that went on to do big things in Hollywood. Nick Offerman, or who you may know as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, came to Champaign a few weeks ago and performed a comedy show.


Offerman performed at the famous Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign for a sold out show. The Virginia Theatre is where the annual film festival, Ebertfest, occurs. There’s a really cool Roger Ebert statue outside the theatre that many people were taking pictures next to.

Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Another cool thing about the Virginia Theatre is that it’s a renovated theatre from the 1920s, so the interior design of the place is really unique. It has a beautiful gold interior with it.


Offerman ended putting on a great almost 2-hour show. It was cool because he was talking about his college days here at Illinois. He was a Theatre major, so he talked a lot about the state-of-the-art Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He explained how Champaign-Urbana is a place that combines agriculture, innovation, and academics. There’s really not a town quite like it!

What was also nice is that he was giving us Chicago Cubs scores because it was World Series Game 6 during the show. He was a big Cubs fan and so were a lot of people in the audience.

The comedian also spoke a lot about the recent election and ended up singing a few songs about his life. He gave a shout-out to the beautiful Japan House in Urbana, where he spent a lot of time at in college.

Overall, I was thankful I was able to see a cool Illinois alumnus come back to his town and put on a great show for the students.


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