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Nick Offerman — the humorist, actor, writer and woodworker — does not want to build a chair onstage.

He says fans suggest that to him all the time. In an episode of “Parks and Recreation,” his character, Ron Swanson, is honored for his chair-making achievements. “That information is presented to you in two or three minutes,” Offerman says. “I have to keep you engaged.”

The slow-talking, thoughtful Offerman, 49, instead will present “All Rise,” a 90-minute show that includes comedy, music and soft-shoe dance. He wants to make his audience laugh, think and engage in the world when they leave.

Offerman and his wife, Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) visited St. Louis in 2015 for a quirky touring show about their marriage. He spoke about “All Rise,” and his other projects, from his home city, Los Angeles.

Q • You grew up in Minooka, Ill., outside Chicago, and attended the University of Illinois-Champaign. Did you have any connection to St. Louis when you were younger?

A • My most prominent memory is when I decided to pack all my belongings into a crappy little Subaru wagon and drive to Los Angeles from Chicago. I’m sort of a clumsy romantic; I decided to make this move on Christmas Eve. I mean, what a jerk — I left my mother crying in the driveway. She said, “Please don’t change your name when you get to Hollywood.”

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman brings his "All Rise" tour to the Stifel Theatre on Nov. 7.

Photo by Michael Gomez

I was approaching the Mississippi River in my crappy wagon, and the electrical system shorted out. People don’t generally send you to East St. Louis to have any services performed. Somehow I found a garage attached to a gas station, where a guy at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve fixed my electrical system and sent me on my way. It’s a great lesson that there are good people everywhere.

Other than that, we visited St. Louis as a kid. My parents were great at throwing all of us in the back of a Suburban and driving wherever. I’ve been up in the Arch and felt the terrifying sway of the architecture in the breeze.

Q • What kind of evening should people expect with your show? It’s not traditional stand-up comedy.

A • I really sit down and work hard on my writing. This particular piece is my favorite so far, based on all the rancor thrown around in the country these days. I thought the easier thing would be to stand on the stage and read a newspaper — every day there’s a story to be made fun of. I start off my show saying that’s the lowest-hanging fruit. We know all of that already. Instead, I take a step back as best I can to make fun of all of us.

Q • Tell me about “Making It,” the craft-making reality show you co-host with Amy Poehler. It’s returning in December for a second season. Were you surprised it did so well?

A • Anything I do, whether it’s an independent film or network series or anything across the board, I do my best to work with people I think have their hearts in the right place. And it’s a pleasant surprise when something does well. I’m glad that it’s on a show that is so positive, and I think that goes hand in hand with everything I’m trying to put across in my content.

One way or another, I’m encouraging people to be self-sufficient, rely on their own creativity and band together in their community to make objects out of raw materials and to bolster relationships.

Q • I think there’s a lot of people who think if they try to make something, they’ll stink at it. Any sort of pep talk you want to offer?

A • People will say all the time, “Oh, I tried weaving a basket once, and it was terrible.” But you absolutely should make mistakes. Michael Jordan didn’t put on his first pair of shoes and dunk a basketball. You only become a master of any craft or skill by screwing up many times. Even now, when I make a beautiful dining table in my woodshop, part of the process is that I buy cheap, crappy wood to try out measurements and my joinery. I assume I am going to screw up.

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman brings his "All Rise" tour to the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis on Nov. 7. Photos by Michael Gomez.

Q • When you go on tour, do you try to meet with people? You recently met up with a shepherd friend in England.

A • I’m a curious person who is constantly generating content. I’m working on my next book that has to do with a relationship with nature. I found him on Twitter of all places. He wrote a great book called “The Shepherd’s Life.” His name is James Tebanks. I read his book, and we became friends. When I was in Australia, I met with a wonderful chairmaker named Bern Chandley. I went to his shop; he went to my show. This weird embroidery that my life has become with woodworking, crafting and public speaking, and it’s all part of my trip. When a couple of years have gone by, I can say, “Oh, I can take all these ingredients and mix them into a stand-up show and a book or a Windsor chair.”

Q • Anything else you want to add about touring and the show?

A • The incredibly universal humanity is not limited to our country. I traveled to Australia, New Zealand, the British Isles, and in the English-speaking parts they have thankfully consumed “Parks and Recreation.” I could feel all of us yearning together to keep moving forward — to keep getting better as a species. I’m just grateful if I can help that effort rather than hinder it and making us laugh while we do it.

What Nick Offerman • When 7:30 p.m. Thursday • Where Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market Street • How much $36.50-$56.50 • More info