Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman accept the award for Best Comedy Guest Performer on behalf of Paul Rudd onstage during The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Second Annual Critics’ Choice Awards
Accepting for Rudd, Parks and Rec‘s Nick Offerman read a (fake) note saying, “If this is for that movie I did with Amy Poehler, it was awesome and all of the dudes were really handsome.”
INTERVIEWER: Amy, there this whole mysterious, fake, secret spin-off…let’s talk about Philly Justice.
AMY POEHLER: Okay, what do you want to know
INTERVIEWER: For the people in the crowd who haven’t heard of Philly Justice…
AMY POEHLER: And that means everyone!
MICHAEL SCHUR: I think we have a picture. This was a pilot that was made in 2003.
AMY POEHLER: Adam loves to scrapbook his…Adam’s a real big scrapbooker and he loves to put his achievements in a scrapbook. He came across that picture, it was a pilot we did in 2003 and what was weird about it, was Rudd didn’t really connect with the producers and was replaced after the pilot with Dylan McDermott.
MICHAEL SCHUR: This has been going on for weeks. This picture was shot four or five weeks ago. These actors, these five people got so into the idea that they had been in a fake show together and that Paul Rudd had been replaced by Dylan McDermott that Adam Scott created a fake e-mail address for Dylan McDermott and started e-mailing everybody about how excited he was to be on the show. Then, Adam would log out of his Dylan McDermott account and log back in as his Adam Scott account and e-mail back to “Dylan McDermott” himself like “Hey, man I’m excited too this is great.” He was writing messages to himself for a long time. And they all have character names and character backstories, and the funniest thing is that Rudd has been on set for the last three weeks shooting our last three episodes and they’ve been teasing him mercilessly about the fact that he was replaced in this fake thing that never happened!
AMY POEHLER: Paul has been sending us stills from the play he’s doing called You Can’t Take It With You.
MICHAEL SCHUR: Oh yeah! Paul Rudd from 2003 is “doing a play” version of You Can’t Take It With You at some crummy theatre in the north valley. His bit is he’s like, “hey totes no hard feelings guys!” but he’s clearly just devastated.
AMY POEHLER: I will say that it’s a really promising show. It’s on after Joan of Arcadia.
“This Josh and Tai thing was wigging me more than anything. I mean, what was my problem? Tai is my pal! I don’t begrudge her a boyfriend. What does she want with Josh, anyway? I mean, he dresses funny, he listens to complaint rock, he’s not even cute in a conventional way. I mean, he’s just like this slug that hangs around the house all the time! Ugh! And he’s a hideous dancer, couldn’t take him anywhere. Wait a second, what am I stressing about? This is like, Josh. Okay, okay…so he’s kind of a Baldwin. What would he want with Tai? She couldn’t make him happy. Josh needs someone with imagination, someone to take care of him, someone to laugh at his jokes - in case he ever makes any…Oh my god! I love Josh! I’m majorly, totally, butt crazy in love with Josh!”
#What does she want with Josh, anyway? He dresses funny, he listens to complaint rock, he’s not even cute… in a conventional way. I mean, he’s just like this slug who hangs around the house all the time. And he’s a hideous dancer, I couldn’t take him anywhere. Wait a second, what am I stressing about? This is like, Josh! OK, OK, so he’s kind of a baldwin, but what would he want with Tai? She couldn’t make him happy. Josh needed someone with imagination, someone to take care of him, someone to laugh at his jokes… in case he ever makes any.
Okay, press play, get to the fast part (0:57) and just watch Paul Rudd dance: