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Jennifer Jason Leigh’s 5 Funniest Movies

Catch Jennifer Jason Leigh at the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Between her darkly funny turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and her Spirit Award-nominated role in the stop motion drama Anomalisa, Jennifer Jason Leigh is having quite a year. But anyone who has followed her career knows that she’s equally adept at both drama and comedy. Take a look at Jennifer’s five funniest movies below, and be sure to catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, starting at 5P ET/2P PT to see if she takes home an award. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area. You can also stream the ceremony live this Saturday with an authenticated IFC.com account.)

5. Easy Money

After making her feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh followed up the success of that comedy classic by playing the virginal “guidette” Ophelia to Taylor Negron’s hilarious Romeo, or Julio, in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Easy Money. Leigh’s thick Staten Island accent enabled her to fit right in as a daughter to Rodney’s loveable schlub, and her scenes with Taylor Negron are still funny. (You might remember Negron as the pizza delivery guy who brought a pie to Spicoli in Fast Times.)


4. The Anniversary Party

Leigh and Alan Cumming both starred in and codirected this look at a dysfunctional couple (even by Hollywood standards) who throw a party for their friends to celebrate their on-again, off-again relationship. Leigh proves that she is a triple threat in this film as she brings out the emotion and humor in her aging actress character. There’s also pathos and humor in the reunion of Fast Times pals Leigh and Phoebe Cates, particularly in a brilliantly raw scene where Leigh’s Sally admits to being a “possessive, fragile neurotic” and Cates’ Sophia laments how having children robs you of the chance to commit suicide.


3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Leigh’s feature film breakthrough was the teen sex comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In one memorable scene, she not only learns the proper way to eat a carrot, but the importance of a headband in cultivating the Pat Benatar look. Despite the fact that she was foolish enough to hook up with ticket scalper/philosopher Mike Damone before finding love with Mike “Ratt” Ratner, Leigh’s Stacy was the ultimate “girl next door.” If Jeff Spicoli had watched Leigh’s performance in The Hateful Eight, he’d surely say “Alright Hamilton!”


2. Miami Blues

The same year that Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts a star, Jennifer Jason Leigh played a much more realistic hooker with a heart of gold in the underrated action comedy Miami Blues. Leigh disappeared into the short haircut and Floridian accent she used to turn into Susie, the hooker who takes classes at Miami Dade and falls pretty easily for Alec Baldwin’s dangerous psycho posing as a police officer. Jennifer Jason Leigh goes head-to-head with Baldwin in full-on nutso mode, easily earning the film its cult status.


1. The Hudsucker Proxy

The Hudsucker Proxy‘s title refers to Tim Robbins’ dimwitted “aw shucks” simpleton, who is made the scapegoat CEO for the Hudsucker corporation, only to go on and invent the hula hoop. (“You know, for the kids!”). Ms. Leigh beat out Winona Ryder and Bridget Fonda for the role and captured the rapid fire, screwball comedy delivery of old-school Hollywood actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell. This Coen brothers’ film has developed a cult following over time, in no small part thanks to Leigh’s perfect portrayal of the “fast talking career gal who’s just one of the boys.”

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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