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The 5 Funniest Nick Offerman Quotes from the Nebula Awards

In between singing not one, but three songs for the attendees.

The 5 Funniest Nick Offerman Quotes from the Nebula Awards

Photo: Nick Offerman hosting the Nebula Awards

Every year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) host the Nebula Awards to recognize the best writing in science fiction and fantasy, from short stories and novels to movies. The event is attended by writers, editors, and fans, and this year, a special host.

The Chicago-based awards ceremony was hosted by none other than Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation‘s Ron Swanson, stand up comedian, and author of Paddle Your Own Canoe. He is also an avowed science fiction fan, and spent much of the night offering tribute–mostly musical–to his idols, from Madeline L’Engle to Philip K. Dick. If you want to see his entire introduction, including three guitar serenades, watch the video here.

But it wouldn’t be a ceremony hosted by a comedian without a few zingers. Here are some of the best Nick Offerman quotes from Saturday night’s event.


Welcoming the audience and honorees:

“The Nebula Awards: the most prestigious awards ceremony named after a cloud of dust.”


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On his failed attempts to be cast in a science fiction or fantasy movie:

“I was “too tall for Gimli” and I was not “Hugh Jackman-y enough” for Wolverine.”


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Anticipating the announcement of the winner of the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation:

“I appreciate that this is one of the few awards shows that honors movies that people actually like to watch, as well as the film Interstellar.”


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On why he is wary of George R.R. Martin:

“Does anybody just quietly pass away in their sleep in Westeros?”


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On his predictions for the future:

“A new Starbucks will open very close to you.”


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The night’s winners were:

Novel: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; Harper Collins Canada)

Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

Novelette: A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i, by Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)

Short Story: “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Love Is the Drug, by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)

2015 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Larry Niven

Solstice Award: Joanna Russ (posthumous), Stanley Schmidt

Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award: Jeffry Dwight

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