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Kevin Corrigan’s 5 Funniest Roles

Kevin Corrigan comes to Portlandia Thursday at 10P.

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Kevin Corrigan is the ultimate “Hey, that guy!” character actor. Instantly recognizable and celebrated just as quickly, Corrigan is best known for playing scruffy underdogs or skeevy schemers who usually have somethin’ goin’ on the side. And by owning those roles, the Bronx actor quickly found steady work in both indie circles and big-budget comedies. Adding another feather to his supporting role cap, he’ll appear in this week’s Portlandia as a purveyor of dubious feminine products.

For more on the always-great Kevin Corrigan, here are his five funniest roles from film and TV.

1. Eddie Finnerty, Grounded for Life

Flying under the radar from 2001 to 2005 on two different networks, Grounded for Life was a family sitcom with a heaping dose of dark humor, much in the vein of Malcolm in the Middle or The Middle. And largely responsible for that bleak undertone was Corrigan as Uncle Eddie, a wheeler-dealer with a perpetual string of bad luck, crippling debt, and absurdly bad advice. Needless to say, he stole every scene he was in.


2. Professor Sean Garrity, Community

As one of Community’s more subdued early episodes, “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design” showcased Corrigan as the grandiose, moral-toting Professor Sean Garrity (aka Professor Professorson) who, with the Dean’s help, teaches Jeff a valuable lesson in the bloodiest way possible. Corrigan’s Garrity proved to be a fan favorite and returned for two more episodes.


3. Toby, Freaks and Geeks

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Kevin Corrigan is habitually cast as a criminal lowlife dirtbag for good reason: He’s damn good at playing one. Case in point: In 2000, he appeared in Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s critically lauded Freaks and Geeks as small-time thief and forger Toby, who supplies the freaks with fake IDs. As always, Corrigan nails the underachieving criminal entrepreneur who takes pride in his work and would clean up his act as soon as his big break comes in.


4. Eliot Arenson, Slums of Beverly Hills

Indie cult classic Slums of Beverly Hills follows ’70s teenager Vivian (played beautifully by Natasha Lyonne) who moves to the cheaper outskirts of Beverly Hills and falls for the charm of the rough-around-the-edges neighborhood dealer Eliot. With a penchant for Charles Manson and Vivian’s chest, Corrigan provides some of the movie’s biggest laughs.


5. Sal, Big Fan

Comedian Patton Oswalt earned accolades for his role as sadsack superfan Paul Aufiero who, along with sidekick Sal, regularly attend Giants home games out in the parking lot with a small TV on the trunk of their car. And although he drives the movie as an unlucky arrested adolescent, nobody can match Oswalt’s schlubby moroseness sigh-for-sigh quite like Corrigan.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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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.

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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…