Some days I feel like we could fill up this entire website just talking about how awesome Amy Poehler is. Yes, there’s her amazing work in tv and movies, but then she also does this. And remember this? And now, she’s helping fulfill a Parks and Recreation superfan’s dream. Poehler and company worked with the Make- A-Wish Foundation to fly college freshman Joshua Ritter out to the Parks and Rec set for a day.
The day was a dream come true for Ritter, a comedy fanatic who got to pick the brains of stars like Aziz Ansari — who stopped by to say hi even though it was his day off — and director Dean Holland and writer Matt Murray, both of whom chatted with Ritter in between takes.
Among the biggest surprises was Nick Offerman, whom Ritter says is exactly like his character Ron Swanson. One of the show’s producers told Ritter it’s hard not to laugh when Offerman calls from his car on the way to set, “because it sounds like Ron Swanson is calling.”
But really the best is:
Ritter says the cast and crew made him feel like “family” — so much so that he felt comfortable enough to perform a rap about Poehler he’d written in homage to Poehler’s Sarah Palin rap. Poehler liked it so much that she had someone record it on her phone.
Is everybody imagining Poehler sitting at home, listening to the rap on her phone and laughing? Because I am, and it’s amazing.
And just in case you were worried the story didn’t have enough good feelings, Ritter himself is getting in on the action:
Ritter has also given back to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he received medical care. In 2013 he raised $115,000 for the hospital through a direct mail campaign.
He’s hoping sharing his story might inspire people to donate to Make-a-Wish.
At least temporarily, my faith in humanity is restored.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter