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10 Kids of Famous People Who Became Awesome

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Let’s be frank with each other: being born into wealth and fame tends to make you…Kim Kardashian. Or Jaden Smith. Well, sure, not all famous kids are like that, but most of them are. We’re all about keeping it positive here, though, so let’s spotlight the 10 scions of privilege that managed to grow up cool.

10. Mavis Spencer

Most kids of celebrities tend to follow their parents into the family business because it requires less effort, but actress Alfre Woodard’s daughter Mavis Spencer has other passions – most notably horses. The lovely 5’11” young woman is a nationally-ranked equestrian who has medaled in multiple competitions.


9. Max Brooks

The author of the flabbergastingly successful World War Z books is the son of actress Anne Bancroft and legendary funnyman Mel Brooks. Despite his father’s way with words, young Max struggled with dyslexia as a child. He overcame that to become a best-selling author, and his 2006 book was turned into a Brad Pitt movie. Sadly, his dad wasn’t chosen to direct the parody version World War Oy!


8. Laila Ali

When you’re the child of the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, it’s only natural that you follow in his footsteps – even if you’re a girl. Laila Ali started boxing at 18 and built herself into one of the sport’s most dominant forces, eventually retiring with an untarnished 24-0 record.


7. Abby Elliott

When your dad created one of the best sitcoms ever in Get A Life and your grandfather is one of the legends of radio comedy, you’ve got a lot of laughs to live up to. Thankfully, former SNL castmember Abby Elliott (daughter of Chris Elliott) keeps her family tradition strong.


6. Evan Ross

The son of legendary singer Diana Ross won the genetic lottery, inheriting a gorgeous falsetto voice that he’s put to good use. When he was growing up, he was mentored by none other than Michael Jackson (no jokes, please), and his singing style is definitely indebted to the King of Pop. Oh, and he also scored a role in the most recent Hunger Games flick, just for fun.

5. Zelda Williams

Being the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved comedians is no laughing matter, but Zelda Williams handles it with poise and grace. Her father Robin named her after the princess in his favorite Nintendo game, and she’s been a strong voice for the best in gamer culture as well as lending her talents to The Legend Of Korra and other projects.


4. Kyle Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been a huge jazz fan, so his son Kyle was immersed in the classics from a very young age. He started playing electric bass when he was in high school, and quickly became a musical force to be reckoned with. Since releasing his first album at the age of 20, he’s toured the world and played at Carnegie Hall.


3. Kane Kosugi

Sho Kosugi was one of the most famous martial artists Japan ever produced, mastering ninjitsu, judo, aikido and other disciplines before transitioning into an acting career. His son Kane has carried on the family tradition in grand form. He’s the only American to ever make it to the final stage on Sasuke (known as Ninja Warrior here), which is pretty crazy.


2. Rashida Jones

Daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has lit up the small screen on The Office and Parks and Rec, as well as penning the screenplay for indie comedy-drama Celeste and Jesse Forever. Throw in a comic book series from Oni Press and doing guest vocals on a Tupac tribute album and you have a famous kid who definitely doesn’t suck.


1. Colin Hanks

The oldest of Tom Hanks’ three sons, Colin Hanks got into acting without leveraging his dad’s famous name. He started out on cult TV show Roswell in 1999 and since has had memorable roles on Dexter and Fargo. He’s also on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11p.

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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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