10 of Joel McHale’s ‘Classic Wingers’ From Community

Jeff Winger

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Jeff Winger is a mentor. A life coach. No, a sage. He’s full of sound wisdom and isn’t afraid to share it with those in need…no matter the cost it might inflict on his pupil’s, shall we say, ego. As he admits in one of his “classic Wingers,” he’s “an exceptional narcissistic.”

It’s often difficult to separate Joel McHale from his Community counterpart; Winger seems born from the depths of the comedian’s subconscious. But we’re going to have to in the coming week, since McHale is guesting on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday. We’re sure he’ll make his performance his own, but we’re also positive some of his Winger-isms will leak out of the woodworks.

In anticipation of McHale’s guesting on the show this Friday at 11 pm EST, here are some of his best quotes, pieces of advice and classic zingers, er, “wingers.”

1. “What’s the complex called when you’re wrong about everything?”


Winger knows everything about everything. That’s why his ego is so big. But in-depth knowledge of the world’s inner workings comes at a price. Everyone else is so inferior that it seems like a mental complex.

2. “For your information, I don’t have an ego. My Facebook photo is a landscape.”


Oops! We were wrong — Jeff Winger does not have an ego. Why would you even suggest something so heinous? That’s crazy! After all, just look at his Facebook profile. You can tell a lot about a man from his Facebook page. Like, for instance, that he takes a great deal of pride in his perfectly framed landscape photo.

3. “With all due respect…which is none…go to hell!”


What’s great about Winger is his musical sensibilities. His words have their own unique sounds. His longer phrasing is poignant and well thought out, but sometimes the occasion calls for something sharp, quick and concise. Like whenever he’s talking to Pierce, for instance.

4. “You’re going to have to come back later. I’m trying to prove a point.”


Winger is the master of getting rid of people quickly. If you ever need to pull off the same feat without explaining yourself, think of Winger. Though, in this particular instance, he’s probably bedazzling everyone within a five-foot radius with his fierce eyelashes.

5. “Wrong! WROOONG!”


One word. It rhymes with schlong, and it’s what you always are. But as Winger demonstrates, it’s not about the product in this case. It’s about how you sell it.

6. “Is there a pill that makes the word ‘no’ clearer?”


If the person you’re talking to is basic, sometimes “no” isn’t enough. You have to strip them of all their dignity, resolve and sense of self in 10 words or less. How does one accomplish this? It’s an art form that can’t be taught to everyone.

7. “I am so amazing. But I’m not perfect.


For as incredible as Winger is, he’s not perfect. I mean, as far as we’re concerned, he can walk on water. That doesn’t mean the pressure doesn’t get to the man who’s given the world so much sass. It’s not easy being the divine conduit through which the world gets its steady stream of insults.

8. “Oh hey, is that a reason to leave?”


Biggest life lesson from Winger: become so adept at the spoken word that you can manipulate those around you. Need them to turn around? It’s all about confidence and determination, mixed with a side of “get the f*ck out of my face.”

9. “Will your reality ever come out on Blu-ray so we can enjoy it?”


If you’re like Winger, you’re one of the few people out there who sees the world as it truly is: a world where you’re awesome and everyone else is lame. There are those heretics who claim otherwise, and you can do your best to tolerate them. But at the end of the day, their realities will never make it to a Blu-ray release.

10. “It’s called chemistry. I have it with everybody!”


We expect whatever comes next to sound something like, “I’m sorry everyone is so jealous of me, but I can’t help it that I’m popular.” You either have it or you don’t. If you have to force it, sorry, folks, you’re just not a Winger.

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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

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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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.

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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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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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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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