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The 10 Best Steve Carell Performances


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6. Michael Scott – The Office

No matter what roles Steve Carell takes on in the future, this will be his signature stamp on popular culture. The Office’s Michael Scott takes advantage of all Carell’s best moves: He’s sweet, clueless, childlike, and accidentally awful. It’s no wonder the show took a hit quality-wise in his absence.

7. Gru – Despicable Me

Sometimes it’s fun to hear a comedian to just cut loose and do something goofy. Despicable Me’s Gru allows Carell to dip into a sillier side of himself than normal, complete with a broad bad guy accent to go along with his broad bad guy deeds. The film’s triple orphan subplot still finds time for him to be a sweetheart, however, so everybody wins.

8. Maxwell Smart – Get Smart

Who better to step into the shoe-phone of bumbling, oblivious secret agent Maxwell Smart than Steve Carell? Get Smart not only pays homage to the original series, but offers Carell a truly comedy driven showcase for his talents. It also probably represents the only time Steve Carell will ever be able to kill Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a film.

9. Burt Wonderstone – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone asks Steve Carell to play not just a normal, everyday pompous jerk, but a pompous jerk who is also a flamboyant magician. Carell’s Burt Wonderstone becomes a good guy by the film’s end, but only in comparison to the truly despicable Steve Gray (Jim Carrey). After a string of nice-guy roles, it’s great to see Carell don his jerk hat once again, but this time with big hair and a fake tan to go with.

10. Frank Ginsberg – Little Miss Sunshine

There are only so many bearded Steve Carell indie comedy roles you can have before the schtick gets old. If you’re going to pick only one to go with, start with Little Miss Sunshine. Carell’s suicidal Frank quietly steals this film from a cast brimming with scene stealers, proving for the first time that he was an actor, not just a comedian.

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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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