How You Know Him:
As guest stars on about five million shows such as Party of Five, Six Feet Under, Veronica Mars, Children’s Hospital, and Eastbound and Down. Then starring in a few others like Tell Me You Love Me, Wasteland, Party Down, and Parks and Recreation. And appearing various movies like, the appallingly awful, Leap Year, Piranha 3D, and Step Brothers.
Why He’s Crushworthy:
There are those actors that you see a million times and vaguely recognize but can’t figure out that they played a corpse on CSI once. Adam Scott is definitely one of these actors for me. It was years before I could give him a name and longer before I accepted the fact that an actor would use one that was so boring. But still he kept cropping up and eventually it became apparent that he’s pretty damned funny. In that deadpan sort of sarcastic way. And I really enjoy dry wit.
But even after playing a student seducing teacher on Veronica Mars it was probably with Party Down that I finally took notice. Party Down was on Starz (in one of it’s bids to be like older and more glamorous sisters Showtime and HBO) for two glorious seasons and was about a group of actors, comedians, and screenwriters who work for a catering company, Party Down, where they have to wear pink bowties and consistently debase themselves for their nauseatingly obnoxious, and often famous, clients. Scott’s character, Henry Pollard, is arguably the lead in a generally ensemble cast and is best known for a successful beer commercial where he uttered the fateful tagline, “Are we having fun yet?”, that he just can’t manage to escape. He claims to have given up on the constant disappointments of his hopeful profession, but slides backwards several times when it appears opportunities may arise. Basically, this show was hilarious, heartfelt, and way prematurely cancelled. The sort that’s doomed to ride in the backseat of popular culture clutching hands with Freaks and Geeks and Arrested Development, while everyone whines that it should have gotten shotgun.
But with every disappointment comes new opportunities and now he’s on the ever endearing Parks and Recreation as Ben Wyatt, a state auditor that’s come to evaluate the city of Pawnee, Indiana, which is pretty much hemorrhaging money. When he was eighteen he was elected mayor of his small Minnesota town, inaugurating himself with the Tag Team classic “Whoomp! (There It Is)” and then bankrupting the town within a matter of months, a mistake he can’t escape though he’s been trying to work his way back into legitimate government from the bottom up every since. I’m also pretty sure he’s going to get it on with Amy Poehler.
There are probably a lot of actors that’s could pull off roles with this level of ridiculousness, while still believing them to be capable and actually rather responsible, but I don’t know who they are. And I suppose that’s what it comes down to, in the end, funny, and little absurd, but always realistic.