Thursday, March 19, 2009

Please Submit a Drawing of Your Raccoon Extermination Plan

All the good female comedians leave SNL and get better gigs, as the word on the street is that Lorne Michaels is a tightwad, egomaniacal bastard. OK, not true for Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks and Maya Rudolph, although Rudolph's new movie looks promising in an indie-arthouse-under-the-radar-selected-cities kind of way. I guess I'm only thinking of Tina Fey. And now Amy Poehler.

In a bit of well-done advance press for Poehler's new sitcom "Parks and Recreation," NBC has created a subtle and wry site that mimics well the small, Midwestern city government website. It's fictitious Pawnee, Indiana, complete with a fake city seal depicting dead buffalo and denuded forests courtesy of the white man. The comedy is scattered in lightly in that Onion-y way, making people like me (who used to read Mad magazine cover to cover and even in the margins for fear of missing a hidden joke) scour the whole thing for cheap chuckles. And of course you can follow the upcoming show on Twitter.

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  • One of those subtle jokes, on the off-chance that you missed it, is in the city seal itself; compare it to the seal of the State of Indiana: http://www.in.gov/history/2803.htm

    By OpenID parkrrrr, at March 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

  • Parkrrr - excellent. I of course missed that.

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at March 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

  • Two other subtle things that probably weren't intentional:
    - Indiana is only about 150 miles wide, with Indianapolis pretty much dead-center, so there's no way Pawnee could be 90 miles from Indianapolis and be located anywhere near where the star is on that map. The star looks to be near Muncie, which is about 40 miles from Indianapolis.
    - Those are some pretty impressive hills in the background of the picture of the kid playing Frisbee. There's nothing like that in northeastern Indiana, and particularly not in the vicinity of Muncie.

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