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10 Funny Reporters Who’ll Do Anything to Get the Scoop

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In the movies, journalists are often depicted as crusading figures in search of the truth. They tend to be at their funniest when they are doing anything to get the story, whether that means going back in time o taking a whole bunch of drugs. Check out a few of our favorite funny reporters from some of our favorite movies below.

1. Aaron Altman, Broadcast News

In a memorable moment from James L. Brooks’ classic comedy, newswriter Aaron (Albert Brooks) finally gets a shot on-air and develops a case of flop sweat that rivals even Richard Nixon.


2. Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

Weatherman Phil Connors’ sheer hatred of his assignment reporting on Punxsutawney Phil shines through in his interactions with his crew and the local townspeople. (It even bleeds into his on-air segments.) He might seem like a primadonna, but what else can you do when you have to report the exact same puff-piece story every day on an endless loop?


3. Darius Britt, Safety Not Guaranteed

Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is part of the team at Seattle Magazine who investigate a man who places a classified ad asking for someone to join him on his trip back in time. In the clip above, we see that she will do anything to keep track of her sources — even if that means stalking them in the grocery store.


4. Raoul Duke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

We didn’t realize drugs were such an essential part of the journalistic process. But when you’re a character derived from a novel by author/reporter Hunter S. Thompson, mescaline is as important to your process as a laptop and coffee.


5. Josie Geller, Never Been Kissed

This movie likely inspired a bevy of reporters to go undercover in high schools to get the scoop on what “the kids” today are up to. So kids, if you suddenly have a new classmate who looks like they’re pushing 30, they’re probably on assignment.


6. Sue Charlton, Crocodile Dundee

Ah, the days when newspapers would pay for their reporters to fly halfway across the world to follow around some random dude with a giant knife. The ’80s, folks.


7. Gwen Pearson, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Gwen is a reporter for her college paper tasked with following around the most popular guy on campus. We imagine her adventures with Van Wilder led Gwen to a strong career in puff celebrity journalism.


8. Steve Zissou and Jane Winslett-Richardson, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson’s film gave us two truth-seekers — a documentarian and a reporter — disputing the nature of reality. Also, big ups to Bill Murray for making this list twice.


9. Babe Bennett, Mr. Deeds

While misrepresenting yourself is a big reporting no-no, as Inside Access reporter Babe Bennett does here, there’s nothing like seeing a “mugger” get kicked in the head. And with a name like Babe Bennett, really her only career option is in tabloid journalism.


10. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

The great Ron Burgundy is an example of an anchorman placing absolute trust in the collaborative nature of journalism.

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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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