Director Bill Fishman and Producer Doug Dearth and Brett Kerr.
“The Decemberists have unveiled the silly new visuals for “Make You Better” starring Parks and Recreations’ resident steak-eating man’s man, Ron Swanson — er, sorry — Nick Offerman. Running for almost seven minutes, the Bill Fishman-directed clip plays out like a Between Two Ferns-meets-Anchorman spoof, where the band visits a ’70s-era German talk show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show. Offerman plays a bumbling interviewer who keeps screwing up everyone’s names, including the song title’s (“Make Me Butter”), while simultaneously trying to make amends with his blonde producer love interest. “Colon” Meloy’s white overalls and porn-star beard are pretty impressive, too.
Watch the clip above, and grab the Decemberists’ What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World on January 20.”
TIME MAGAZINE: Brief performance exists at the intersection of humor and pain
“We know Nick Offerman best as a man’s man, a man of few words whose stoicism rarely betrays the emotions within. And that’s why the times when he does express an ounce of sadness or regret cut a little bit deeper. In this video for the Decemberists’ “Make You Better,” Offerman gets laughs as a fumbling German talk show host interviewing lead singer Colin Meloy. But it’s his portrayal of longing and insecurity that makes the performance memorable.
Though he’s all moustache and bravado on the outside, Offerman’s character faces that familiar pain of unrequited love, and a nerve too weak to proclaim it. As he struggles to find the right words, the Decemberists play a song of need and regret to match the shape of his wound. The premise is funny, but the execution, a little bit heartbreaking.
“Make You Better” appears on the forthcoming album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which drops on Jan. 20.”