The ‘Parks and Recreation’ Staff: Success leads to big things

Comedy Impact Report 2012: TV - Cast of 'Parks and Recreation'

“I’m 5’2″, so I don’t have a lot of experience with people looking up to me,” jokes “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler, whose idealistic sitcom character Leslie Knope was an election-role model. The Golden Globe and Emmy nominee has worked with fervor, wrapping three pics (“They Came Together,” “You Are Here” and divorce laffer “A.C.O.D.”) and producing a pilot (“Broad City”), all while continuing her role on “Parks and Rec.”

Don’t be surprised if all the attention finally affords Poehler the chance to write or direct a film of her own. “It’s going to be a real low-budget musical, financed by the gold industry, that’s four times as complicated as ‘Inception’ and twice as long,” she deadpans.

“Parks and Rec’s” success has boosted not only Poehler’s career, but also that of her co-stars, to whom 2012 brought big opportunities:

Aziz Ansari
The funnyman launched a hugely successful national standup tour (“Buried Alive,”), earned kudos for self-releasing his “Dangerously Delicious” special and contributed to a slew of projects, including animated “Epic” and all-star laffer “The End of the World.”


Nick Offerman
Winning the Television Critics Assn.’s comedy achievement award seems appropriate for Nick Offerman, who took a break from playing Ron Swanson this year to accept roles in “Smashed” (which preemed at Sundance) and “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (a SXSW discovery).


Aubrey Plaza
The former “Parks” intern engineered her crossover into film with a Gotham-nominated role in “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which won the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize at Sundance. Plaza hopes to extend that success as a sexually insecure high schooler in “The To Do List.”


Chris Pratt
The scene-stealing thesp demonstrated he could hold his own on the bigscreen, too, landing laughs as Jason Segel’s crude best friend in “The Five-Year Engagement.” Pratt aims to deliver that quality on new projects including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”


Adam Scott
The thesp’s work on indie comedies “Friends With Kids” and “Bachelorette” proved Scott could play likable and loathsome in equal measure, landing him roles in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and co-starring with Poehler in “A.C.O.D.”