Steve Coogan is a comic genius. And at 1 p.m. ET today, you can witness his unique brand of humor in Michael Winterbottom’s “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.” In the film, Coogan stars as himself, as he works with a cast and crew attempting to film Laurence Stern’s “unfilmable” novel “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.” The film is a subtly and surprisingly comic look at the making of a unwatchable movie within a very watchable movie.
But, Coogan really made a name for himself as the larger than life yet incredibly insecure radio host, Alan Partridge. Coogan has portrayed Partridge for close to 20 years and has become almost synonymous with the social climbing, awkward, and narcissistic character, since Partridge’s first appearance on BBC 4’s “On The Hour.” While Alan Partridge has appeared in two radio series, three television series and been a fixture in British pop culture for two decades, Coogan’s probably better known in the U.S. for his role in “Tropic Thunder”. In the interest of humor across international borders, here are a few highlights of Alan Partridge’s “career”:
Here he is talking about farming:
And here is his take on music:
Finally, the mentalist:
“Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” airs on IFC Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET; Saturday, Apr. 16 at 11:45 a.m. ET; Monday, Apr. 25 at 11:45 a.m. ET; and Tuesday, Apr. 26 at 4:00 a.m. ET