'Parks and Recreation': Amy Poehler announces that she wants Bill Murray to play the mayor of Pawnee

The inimitable Amy Poehler stopped by her old SNL castmate Jimmy Fallon’s show last night to chat about everything from her hilarious NBC sitcom — EW even got a shoutout for our Parks and Rec cover! — to Will Forte’s neck beard. While there, she also revealed a tidbit of information that might just cause an Internet explosion: She wants Bill Murray to guest-star on the show as Pawnee’s much-discussed but never seen Mayor Gunderson. Because the comedy legend is notoriously elusive, Poehler took this opportunity to address him directly, saying, “Bill Murray, if you’re listening, I will pay you $250 to do one episode of my show.” Who could turn down such a generous offer?

I, for one, certainly hope Bill happened to be watching Late Night on Wednesday; he’d be great guesting on any show, but I have a feeling he’d fit in particularly well on a quirky gem like Parks and Rec. Watch the clip for yourself below, then tell me: Are you on board with this idea? Or do you have someone else in mind for Mayor Gunderson?

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  • Sara J

    Oh that would be fabulous! Except I’d want him to play it more old-school, Ghostbusters Bill Murray and less modern, sadface Bill Murray.

  • Elizabeth

    If Bill says no, maybe Jim Gaffigan? He’s an Indiana native.

    Or get someone like Larry Bird, Peyton Manning, or Reggie Miller – an Indiana legend but no one realizes that the mayor looks exactly like that legend. (We need to see Detlef again…)

    • S

      I like the idea of Jim Gaffigan.

    • lmaodetlef

      holy crap haven’t thought about schrempf in years

    • orville

      Jim Gaffigan is an excellent idea. Another native Indianan who might–Letterman.

  • Petrie

    Screw Mayor Gunderson…when do we get to meet Rufus?

  • Monty

    Murray would fit right in with this cast. If Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t happen, this wouldn’t be a bad conselation prize.

    • Petr Kocanda

      What does these to do one with the other? Bill Murray is the only reason why GB3 hasnt happened years ago since he obviously doesnt want to do that. If he would accept Major Gunderson, that would be pretty cool and would fit great. if not, I could easily imagine Tim Robbins or John Goodman in the part.

  • tracy bluth

    That’s an awesome idea! I’m sure his scenes with Nick Offerman would be legendary.

  • Ash

    i could see it. Especially if Rufus was one of those little toy poodles or something. Please Bill Murray! I’ve actually heard this suggestion (hope?) before.

  • lisa

    I love me some Bill Murray!

  • Crystal

    I want this is happen very, very badly!

    • Crystal

      this *to happen . . . I don’t know where that came from.

  • Meredith

    I will contribute an additional $10 to Amy’s offer to make this happen.

    • James D

      Put me down for 10 also. Heck, I’d even do $20

  • jrs

    I’m in for $10, as well. C’mon on Bill!

  • Johnification

    I love this, especially the way it echos her and Bill’s old boss Lorne Michaels making a similar offer to the Beatles on SNL…and then George actually showed up to get the check!

    But seriously, I’m in for $10…lookit that, we’re already almost a fifth of the way there!

    • Mr. Holloway

      The best thing is that Bill Murray strikes me as the kind of guy whose just crazy enough to take Amy up on her offer.

      Would MUCH rather see this than “Ghostbusters 3.”

      • Apos

        Hear,hear! May Poehler’s will be done!

  • Muppet Baby

    Bill Murray is my favorite comedic actor. This would be all kinds of win.

  • Jeff

    Am I the only one who heard this about two weeks ago? The cast of Parks was at some event and Amy Poehler said the Bill Murray thing there.

  • DavidJ

    He DOES seem like he’d be a great fit for this show.

  • lisaP

    he could get flecks of pee on the possum. that was too funny.

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