Aubrey Plaza

“I’m not very smart to begin with, so I can’t overthink anything. If I’m thinking about something, that’s a big deal for me.”

I know I have the habit of being particularly philosophical or pensive in nature. I think a lot. At least, I think I think too much and that’s partly why I selected Rodin’s Thinker as the logo for Beyond the Rhetoric. While I value convenience and efficiency with a lot of the things that I do, I can fall into the trap of overthinking too. But that’s not the case for Aubrey Plaza… or is it?

Best known for playing April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza has a very distinct style of deadpan comedy. She may sneak out the occasional coy smile or awkward giggle, and she’s quick to utilize self-deprecating humor, but it quickly becomes apparent that she’s a lot brighter than she puts on. After all, she did graduate from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. That’s no small feat.

In some ways, you could say this is a funnier take on the “humble brag” that we see from individuals like Ronan Farrow. They clearly know they are rather exceptional people. Aubrey Plaza knows that it’s hardly a big deal for her to be “thinking about something.” But that’s a big part of her charm, as socially awkward or off-putting as it may be. That’s just the nature of deadpan comedy.

This is but another example of one of life’s most important lessons. You must be able to laugh at yourself, because life is far too short and precious to be so darn serious all the time. Sometimes, you just need a f&*%ing caramel macchiato…

Image credit: Gage Skidmore