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Paul Rudd’s YouTube Greatest Hits


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If tomorrow’s release of the new Paul Rudd comedy “Wanderlust” is giving you a case of Internet wanderlust, and you’ve found yourself rambling around the web in search of funny Rudd clips, look no further. Here’s five of his best viral videos, each showcasing a different side of his talents. Pull up a chair, slappa da bass, and get ready to laugh really hard.

1. Paul Rudd: Effortless Straight Man

Judd Apatow has frequently cast Rudd as the calm at the center of a storm of deranged masculinity. He has a knack for being funny without making jokes, and for delivering jokes in a way that makes them sound off-the-cuff rather than scripted. Take, for example, this brilliant parody of LeBron James’ “The Decision” starring Rudd and Steve Carell. Watch Rudd’s poker face as he drops random names of people Carell might have already told of his major announcement (“Did you tell…Vice President Joe Biden?” “I just got off the phone with him.”). I don’t know how either one kept from cracking up.

2. Paul Rudd: Brilliant Improviser

Of course what makes Rudd unique is his combination of leading man good looks and a truly demented comedic mind. “Wanderlust” director David Wain — who’s cast Rudd in every one of his four films — likes to lull audiences into a false sense of security with Rudd’s handsome ordinariness, then blast them with sudden bursts of absurdity. I don’t know where this outtake from Wain’s “The Ten” about corporate coffee and sexual indiscretions came from — who knows, maybe it came from the screenplay — but Rudd imbues it with the authenticity of a ranting weirdo. You’ll never look at one of those cardboard cup holders the same way again.

3. Paul Rudd: Speaker of Gibberish

Rudd’s linguistic talents don’t just manifest themselves in epic runs like that one from “The Ten.” Some of his finest improvisatory work can be found in the outtakes sections of his DVDs, where you can watch him come up with one new line after another. In this compilation of alternate takes from 2009’s “I Love You, Man,” Rudd drops enough quotable material for two or three movies. I particularly like “I will be there or I will be not there.” That should have made the final cut.

4. Paul Rudd: Closet Musical Theater Nerd

Speaking of “I Love You, Man,” the film’s bromantic chemistry between Rudd and co-star Jason Segel extended beyond the screen to their press tour, where the pair promoted the movie by cracking each other up in interview after interview. There’s a famous viral clip where the pair each try to out-fart the other, but I’m more partial to this one, where Segel and Rudd show off some serious musical theater chops by singing an excerpt from “Les Misérables.” I know director Tom Hooper’s making a serious big-screen adaptation of “Les Mis,” but I’d rather see a version starring these guys.

5. Paul Rudd: Video Game Pitchman

It took a while for all of these wonderful facets of Rudd’s persona to emerge. He didn’t spring forth from the womb fully formed (it’d be kind of weird if he did). Before he was “Paul Rudd” he was a bar mitzvah DJ, a horror movie hero, and, most impressively, the star of this awesomely ’90s ad for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Now, of course, we think of Rudd as the lovable everyman, the last guy to put on airs or act cocky or cool (unless he’s doing it ironically). So it’s pretty amazing to see him as this guy: the badass in the flowing black overcoat, rocking out to “F-Zero” and “Sim City.” Don’t mess with Paul Rudd, man! He’s playing with power; super power!

What’s your favorite Paul Rudd YouTube video? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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