St. Paul Central graduate to be on new series featuring TV scribes


A new Sundance Channel series that focuses on television writers is going to feature a scribe with a Minnesota background, the Pioneer Press reports.

Joe Mande, who graduated from St. Paul Central, will be featured on Monday night's episode of "The Writers' Room," which will highlight the writers from the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."

Mande will be appearing alongside the likes of "Parks and Recreation" star and co-writer Amy Poehler, as well as series co-creator Michael Schur.

In addition to writing for "Parks and Recreation," Mande also does stand-up and has appeared on such shows as "Conan" on TBS and "The Half Hour" on Comedy Central.

"The Writer's Room" is hosted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants"), who recently visited the Twin Cities with creative partner Nat Faxon to promote their latest film, "The Way, Way Back."

Both Rash and Faxon are co-stars on the NBC sitcom "Community," which Rash has also written for.

Mande isn't the only person with Minnesota connections on "Parks and Recreation." Virginia-born actor Chris Pratt ("Moneyball") stars as Andy Dwyer on the series and Minneapolis native Mo Collins ("MadTV") has a recurring role as Joan Callamezzo.

See a photo of Mande on "The Writers' Room" below.

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