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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.

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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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