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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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