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How Swede It Is

Greg Poehler is an international man of romance on the offbeat comedy ''Welcome To Sweden''

Welcome to one of the quirkiest and unlikeliest shows of the summer: Greg Poehler (yes, Amy’s younger brother) is the creator-writer-producer-star of NBC’s Welcome to Sweden, a semiautobiographical (and partially subtitled) comedy about a New York-based accountant to the stars who has found the Swedish girl of his dreams and is now moving to her homeland. (Season 1 recently finished airing in Sweden.) Before you enter the Poehler vortex, here’s what you should know.

1. The Show’s Premise Came From A Familiar Place: His Own Life.
”The first night I met my wife, she said to me, ‘Would you ever consider moving to Sweden?’ and I was like, ‘Yeahhh! I would love to!’ I was just trying to have sex with her. I would’ve said anything,” the former lawyer and current Stockholm resident recounts, laughing. ”I had to go home and look up Sweden on a map and figure out where it was afterward. I had to get ready for the second date.”

2. Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza, Gene Simmons, and Amy Poehler (Who Serves As An Exec Producer) All Pop Up.
”When I wrote what I wanted the show to be in the synopsis, I did put in ‘And the show is going to have American cameos,”’ Poehler recalls. ”I think [Amy] saw, ‘Oh, s—, I’m going to have to contact all my friends, so I might as well produce this thing.”’

3. You’ll Be Glued To The Bottom Of Your Screen. At Least Some Of The Time.
”I realized that Americans aren’t super-excited about reading while watching TV. Even my parents are like, ‘Awww, man — we have to read?’ So we tried to keep [subtitles] to a minimum. Still, it’s an interesting comedic device to have people talking in front of someone and them not understanding.”