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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman to host real-life parks and recreation crafts series for NBC

You’ve seen plenty of evidence onscreen and off that Nick Offerman is as crafty as his character was on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Now you’ll get to see Offerman and his sitcom boss, Amy Poehler, celebrate craftsmanship when they host a new six-episode competition series for NBC called The Handmade Project.

The show will pit eight Americans against each other in a series of craft projects challenging them in different disciplines and themes, with a winner named at the end of the six weeks.

From the press release: “Participants of all ages – many of whom are eager to share their craft making skills on social media – will be featured on the series with skill sets as wide-ranging as woodwork, quilting, knitting, scrapbooking, cake decorating, metal work, doll making and general crafting. Artisans and makers of any type or any creative person who loves making things by hand are welcome.”

You can apply to compete inĀ The Handmade Project at

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating artists who make things by hand, and I’m looking forward to finally conquering my fear of paper mache,” Poehler said.

Offerman added: “People who make things are my favorite kind of folk. Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy and I have a strong tradition of tomfoolery so let’s see if we don’t have some good fun.”

“With millions of mass-produced products, a handmade item can be the most valuable treasure one can possess because it’s one of a kind and made with love,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. “We are thrilled that Amy Poehler’s first venture into the unscripted space is so refreshingly unexpected and original, and can’t wait to see Amy and Nick back together again!”


The Handmade Project will be executive produced by Amy Poehler, Paper Kite’s Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Paper Kite Productions.

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