Let’s not mince words: Tony Hale is a national treasure. With not one, but two all time classic TV characters under his belt, and a long list of brilliant performances on top of them, he’s quietly become one of our favorite comedians. To get you primed for his appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight, we thought we’d revisit some of his most hilarious performances. So get your best chicken dance ready, because these parts are the cock of the walk.
5. Children’s Hospital, Brad Lendricks
Whether he’s the star of the show or just stopping by for one episode, Tony Hale always brings the funny. In this classic Children’s Hospital cameo, Hale played the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. It’s hard to outshine fellow guest star Nick Offerman and a plot that reveals Dr. Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) is actually a shaved baboon, but somehow Hale steals the show.
4. Community, Professor Holly
Another classic guest star spot, this time as a hippie pottery teacher at the end of his rope. Why? Well, his class has one simple rule: No “ghosting,” aka any conceivable reenactments of the classic Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore scene from the 1990 hit Ghost. And trust us, if anyone should hum even three notes from that damn Righteous Brothers song, he will come at you with everything he’s got.
3. Mr. Noodman, Sanjay and Craig
Hale has lent his vocal stylings to many animated films and TV shows, including his turn as the snake-phobic Mr. Noodman on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. Even in animation, Hale has some sweet dance moves.
2. Veep, Gary Walsh
With two Emmy awards for his role as the Veep/President’s right, left, and any other hand she should need, Hale consistently steals every scene he’s in. No one is quicker with a hand wipe or cup of tea than Gary.
1. Arrested Development, Buster Bluth
And, of course, number one goes to mama’s boy Buster, the sheltered baby of the Bluth family who hides from doorbells, fights seals, and joins the army on a dare from a Michael Moore impersonator.
Check out a preview of Tony’s appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! below. Back-to-back episodes air tonight starting at 11P.