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The 10 Best Steve Carell Performances


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By Evan Saathoff

We all love Steve Carell, even when he’s bald and animated and robbing us of our moon. The sweet, funny, and occasionally mean actor has worn a lot of hats since becoming a star almost a decade ago with The Office. In honor of Despicable Me 2 (in theaters today) we look at the comedy actor’s ten best roles to date.

1. Brick Tamland – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Who doesn’t love a mentally challenged weatherman? In this now classic comedy, Carell’s Brick Tamland proves that you don’t need brains to be a meteorologist in the 1970s. You also don’t need brains to stab a man to death with a trident.

2. Andy – The 40-Year-Old Virgin

This crude comedy was one of the Steve Carell’s first roles to explore his unexpected sweetness. Like all Judd Apatow comedies, The 40-Year-Old Virgin is just as much about heart as it is laughs, but none of the film’s charm would have worked without Carell’s nerdy vulnerability. Carell also helped write the film.

3. Cal Weaver – Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Despite the bizarrely punctuated title, this sweet, two-tiered love story finds Steve Carell at his most downtrodden and adorable. Even people who despise romantic comedies should enjoy Carell’s down to Earth performance, which ties Ryan Gosling’s abs when it comes to this film’s greatest asset.

4. Evan Baxter – Bruce Almighty

Before taking the lead and growing a white beard long enough that it would shame both Santa Clause and Gandalf the Grey in Evan Almighty, we first met Steve Carell’s Evan Baxter as a smug reporter in Bruce Almighty. And while it may not be his movie so much as Jim Carrey’s, it’s nice to have a bit of Carell villainy on the list to help balance out all his “nice guy” roles. It’s a character type he excels at but rarely gets to show off.

5. Gary – The Ambiguously Gay Duo

A lot of people don’t know that Steve Carell has a little superhero experience on his resume thanks to this reoccurring Robert Smigel cartoon. For those in the dark, The Ambiguously Gay Duo highlights the crime fighting adventures of Ace and Gary (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, respectively), two superheroes who love fighting crime almost as much as they love each other.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.