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The 10 Funniest Rocky Moments

Catch the Rocky movies this month on IFC.

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Rocky is the story of a bruised boxer triumphing over everything up to and including the concept of international Communism. Over the course of seven movies, Rocky has made us laugh as well as cry. Take a look at some funny Rocky moments that happened between the knockouts and epic training montages.

1. Rocky’s Nose Job

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It takes a tough man to laugh at himself, but nobody’s tougher than Rocky. He could host an entire comedy roast on his own face — which would still be less damaging than the pasting he took in his fight against Apollo Creed.


2. License to Mock

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The hits keep coming directly into Rocky’s face. But, in fairness, that’s exactly what Rocky’s face is for. It’s taken more incoming enemy strikes than the Death Star.


3. Condominiums?

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A wealthy Rocky is approached by investment advisers, but doesn’t quite comprehend what the man’s suggesting.


4. A Man of Simple Desires

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Apollo Creed’s quest to force a revenge rematch at all costs in Rocky II backfires before the boxing even begins. The heavyweight champion of the world proclaims that the match will take place in Rocky’s hometown to really rub his nose in defeat. Rocky’s genuinely happy to be saved a trip, and in the process looks far cooler than the flustered champion.


5. Rocky Ain’t Chicken

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Expert coach Mickey makes Rocky work for a living with some unconventional training methods. None of which was more amusing than the chicken-chasing sequences. The scene is so memorable, Creed called it back to amusing effect.


6. Paulie’s Robot Girlfriend

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It’s a testament to Rocky IV that the birthday robot that Rocky gives to Paulie isn’t even the craziest thing that happens in the movie. Especially when you find out that Paulie reprogramed it to be female. (Fun fact: Stallone included the robot in the film after it was used to help treat his son’s autism.)


7. Paulie’s Snow Fail

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Paulie has always been the comic relief of the Rocky franchise, and by the time Rocky IV rolled around he was approaching cartoonish sidekick status. The sheer majesty of his fall while trying to walk down a straight path in an empty landscape is sublime.


8. An Obvious Mismatch

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Rocky was the only one to spot the serious discrepancies between a retired Apollo Creed and what appeared to be a Soviet Terminator.


9. Strong But Silent

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Apollo lands his only real blow of the fight in the pre-match conference. Apollo Creed, a joker till the end.


10. Rockypollo Bromance

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Apollo Creed spent Rocky III helping his rival learn everything about his personal style and success. The memorable training montage compressed an impossible amount of training into a few minutes, but the most-loved, most-shown, and most-mocked scene has to be the beach jog that turns into a manly embrace. It looks like Apollo has just proposed rather than trained Rocky to battle Clubber Lang.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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