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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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