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Best of Adam Goldberg

Adam Goldberg’s 9 Funniest Roles


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Everyone’s favorite “that guy” actor Adam Goldberg guest stars on tonight’s Maron, and it gave us a chance to dive into the very diverse filmography of this hard-to-pigeonhole actor.

His breakthrough came in Saving Private Ryan and he’s done plenty of drama and even horror, but he also has a powerful knack for the comedic. Here are our picks for the funniest parts Adam Goldberg has played during his diverse career.

1. Dazed and Confused

It’s tough to stand out in an ensemble cast as great as the one Richard Linklater assembled for Dazed and Confused, but as nebbishy geek Mike Newhouse Goldberg does a fantastic job. The character is defined by the moment at the kegger when he just can’t take the abuse of the jocks anymore and sucker-punches the odious Clint.

2. Friends

Goldberg’s appeared in more sitcoms than we can count, but his three episodes of Friends were classics. When Joey moves out on Chandler to get his own place, Goldberg’s Eddie Menuek moves in to fill the void. Menuek is a classic comedy lunatic who dries fruit for fun and loses his mind over a dead goldfish.

3. The Hebrew Hammer

Goldberg’s notorious for playing explicitly Jewish roles, and he turned that up to 11 with his starring role in this 2003 “Jewsploitation” flick. As the title character, detective Mordechai Jefferson Carver, Goldberg goes up against the evil son of Santa Claus in a battle to save Hannukah (and Kwanzaa while he’s at it).

4. Sunset Strip

This cult classic plunges viewers into a relentlessly sleazy take on 1970s Los Angeles, rife with drugs and venereal disease. Goldberg grew out his Jew-fro to play Marty Shapiro, a record producer with the gift of gab who is always on the hustle.

5. Joey

Goldberg’s Friends connection got him a semi-regular gig on the Joey spin-off as Jimmy Costa, the father of Joey’s nephew who comes back into his life to make a huge mess of things. This is a classic Adam Goldberg role, fusing high intelligence with a complete lack of any moral compass for big laughs. (Or as big as the laughs got during Joey‘s brief run.)

6. The Trivial Pursuits Of Arthur Banks

This oddball comedy made for AMC was a black & white satire on the literary world starring Goldberg as the titular playwright and the great Jeffrey Tambor as his therapist. Goldberg’s great at playing characters high on their own supply, and we wish there were more than three episodes of this.

7. The Unusuals

As is often the case, Adam Goldberg is the best part of many of the short-lived TV shows he’s been involved in. One show that didn’t get a fair shake was ABC’s The Unusuals, a quirky cop drama where he played a detective with brain cancer that he refuses to treat because he hates doctors.

8. Entourage

As Nick Rubenstein, the moneyman behind Medellin on HBO’s Entourage, Adam Goldberg wallowed in Hollywood depravity. Spoiled son of a multimillionare Hollywood producer, Nick blew the GDP of a small country up his nose in cocaine every episode and eventually got paid $1 for his involvement in the film.

9. A Monster In Paris

Goldberg has done a bunch of voice acting over his career, but easily the high point is as the character Raoul in this lovely French film loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. Goldberg has a lot of fun playing a manic inventor with tons of goofy ideas.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.