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10 Hilarious Moments In ‘Dad Bod’ Cinema

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With “Dad Bods,” the fitness trend that favors bellies created with six packs of beer over six pack abs, all the rage this summer, we thought it was time to pay tribute to some of the trailblazers of the gut — comedy dudes. We’ve all laughed at their mighty guts for decades now, and it looks like they’re getting the last laugh. Check out these hilarious scenes that show off the magnetism of the Dad Bod.

1. Seth Rogen, Knocked Up –  The Morning After the One-Night Stand

Seth Rogen waking up comfortably naked as Katherine Heigl looks on in disgust and bewilderment in Knocked Up after their one-night stand is pretty much the “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” of Dad Bod movie moments. The shot of Rogen’s butt while you hear him blissfully snoring was a brilliant decision as his butt is like Steve Carell’s face — it has an everyman quality that you normally don’t see in post-coital scenes on film. Sure, Ben Stone was a slacker with a body that says “I’m not above standing at a Taco Bell drive-thru at 2 a.m.with the munchies.” But his sweet disposition (with a little help from his awesome sense of humor) eventually won over Katherine Heigl’s heart.

2. Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall – The Break-Up Scene

Jason Segel has been using his body for great comic effect for years on How I Met Your Mother where Lily always wanted to break off a piece of his no-pack stomach, but in Forgetting Sarah Marshall his Dad Bod becomes a sad bod. Segel spends the movie trying to get over his ex-girlfriend, played by Kristen Bell, who breaks up with him in this hilarious scene after he drops his towel in their apartment. The beauty of this awkward moment is that it turns the typical movie breakup scene on its head by having an honest moment with him refusing to put his towel on while crying.

3. Will Ferrell, Old School – The Streaking Scene

“We’re Going Streaking” may be the rallying cry in this scene but what makes Frank “The Tank” one of the greatest characters in comedy history is his comfortableness in his drunken Dad Bod. Forget streaking — you have to be filled with drunken confidence to call Snoop Dogg “Snoop A Loop.” Whether it’s his chest hair or his classic pudgy core, nobody has a better body for comedy than Will Ferrell.

4. Owen Wilson, Hall Pass – Coffee Shop

It has been said that clothes make the man, and if that’s the case then the right outfit definitely helped make the Dad Bod on Owen Wilson in Hall Pass. Nothing says “I’m a suburban dad” like a t-shirt tucked into a pair of khakis. In this scene he proves that a dorky dad living in the ‘burbs can be way cooler than a hipster douche living off his parents.

5. Michael Keaton, Mr. Mom – My Brain is Like Oatmeal

Back in 1983, stay-at-home moms were way more common than stay-at-home dads, so it wasn’t outdated to make a comedy about a dad who’s forced to take over the household chores after he loses his job and his wife goes back to work. Nobody does frantic and funny like Michael Keaton, and he is hilarious in Mr. Mom as he teeters on the brink of sanity while trying to take care of the kids while the sexy divorced neighbor has an eye on his growing Dad Bod. In this scene, he pulls off the flannel shirt and beard look decades before Brooklyn dads jumped on the trend.

6. Mike Myers, Wayne’s World – The Bedroom Scene

If there’s one thing we learned from Wayne’s World it’s that “a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in America – almost to the top – but it can’t get you everything.” Rob Lowe’s Benjamin had all of that going for him but he still lost out to Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who won over the heart of Cassandra with the help of his trusted friend Garth. You think Tom Cruise in his prime could’ve won a woman’s heart with a tighty whitey wedgie? As if! Wayne might not be worthy of Alice Cooper but he knew how to woo the women of Aurora. Game on, indeed.

7. Bill Murray, Stripes – You’re Going Nowhere, John

After losing his job, his apartment, his girl, his car and his pizza, the Army seemed like a logical next step for Bill Murray in Stripes. This hilarious scene in this all-time comedy classic shows you that you can have a beautiful girlfriend if you wear a grimy sweatshirt all day and generally look like a guy who can’t do five pushups without collapsing. You just better have everything else going well for you, or else she’s going to leave you with nothing but your Tito Puente albums. Murray, along with his buddy Harold Ramis as Russell “I’m a pacifist” Ziskey, have the last laugh as they join the Army and get into better but still pretty average shape. They even use their slacker charm to pick up two sexy female MPs and save their platoon in one heavily armed recreational vehicle.

8. Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own – Dottie Does the Lineup

There might not be any crying in baseball but there sure are Dad Bods, particularly in the dugout. Right before Tom Hanks won the Academy award for Best Actor in Philadelphia and then again in Forrest Gump, he gained weight to play Jimmy Dugan, the coach of the Rockford Peaches in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jimmy Dugan might be the quintessential Hanks performance as his comedic shouting rivals the legendary Gene Wilder in greatness. In this scene in which he rips up Betty Spaghetti’s baseball card in a drunken stupor, and mumbles incoherently in the locker room, he still manages to capture the attention of Madonna, even with a double chin.

9. Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation – Clark Meets the Girl in the Red Convertible

Clark W. Griswold might be America’s favorite comedy dad and it’s only fitting that he’s played by Chevy Chase, one of America’s most quoted comic actors, who happens to have an all-time Dad Bod. Chevy is rocking a polo shirt, a Member’s Only jacket and Cousin Eddie’s white shoes when he finally talks to Christie Brinkley’s definitive ’80s babe. The moment when he realizes that he’s “in deep” and jumps into the pool, he’s taking every male viewer with him.

10. Jack Black, Nacho Libre – Pretty Much Every Scene

Jack Black has never been afraid to rock out with his stomach out. Whether it’s in Tenacious D or as the hero Nacho Libre, Black has always used his Dad Bod to great comedic effect.

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How the Comedy Bang! Bang! Crew Spent Their Break

Watch the final season of Comedy Bang! Bang! Fridays at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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Comedy Bang! Bang! is finally back this Friday October 28th at 11P. Even though the show has been on break, the cast and crew have stayed very busy. After ensuring each of CBB’s final episodes will be the best yet and kissing each other goodbye, the Comedy Bang! Bang! family left the studio to try some new things. Catch up with what the CB!B! cast and crew have been up to during the break and then make sure you watch back-to-back episodes every Friday on IFC.

“Weird Al”

Weird Al keyboard
“Weird Al” Yankovic is probably best known as the Comedy Bang! Bang! co-host and bandleader. But, apparently he’s also a musical parodist and comedy icon. While season 5 has been on break, he’s been busy with a cross-country live tour. His live performances continue after the Comedy Bang! Bang! premiere with a headlining gig at Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme.

Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman is the Comedy Bang! Bang! host with the most. He’s also the host with the most jobs. According to the show’s IMDB trivia page, Scott stays busy with a podcast that has the same name as the TV show. He’s also a producer of multiple TV shows on SeeSo and recently helped his famous friend Zach Galifianakis interview Hillary Clinton.

Neil Campbell

When Comedy Bang! Bang! is in full swing Neil Campbell is busy writing Emmy-caliber puns and keeping the time as fan-favorite Maxwell Keeper. But given a short break he’s made the leap to guest starring on (and writing for) Fox’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s a classic cop swap.

Slow Joey

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Slow Joey is usually busy on set being one of Scott Aukerman’s best friends and playing his favorite game Caves and Chameleons. But did you know he’s also Hollywood actor Haley Joel Osment? He is.

Mike Hanford

CBB John Lennon
Mike Hanford is both a writer for Comedy Bang! Bang! behind the scenes and Mike the Boom Operator on the screen—but also kind of behind the scenes. While CB!B! was on break, Mike helped Comedy Bang! Bang! go international with the live CBB tour in Australia and Great Britain. He’s never been seen in the same room as John Lennon.

Sir Couchley

CBB Sir Couchley
Sir Couchley, the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch who occasionally talks, has been waiting patiently for new celebrity guests to sit on his plush cushions.

Get ready to say Comedy Bye! Bye! and watch the final season of Comedy Bang! Bang! Fridays at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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