With “Dad Bods,” the fitness trend that favors bellies created with six packs of beer over six pack abs, all the rage this summer, we thought it was time to pay tribute to some of the trailblazers of the gut — comedy dudes. We’ve all laughed at their mighty guts for decades now, and it looks like they’re getting the last laugh. Check out these hilarious scenes that show off the magnetism of the Dad Bod.
1. Seth Rogen, Knocked Up – The Morning After the One-Night Stand
Seth Rogen waking up comfortably naked as Katherine Heigl looks on in disgust and bewilderment in Knocked Up after their one-night stand is pretty much the “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” of Dad Bod movie moments. The shot of Rogen’s butt while you hear him blissfully snoring was a brilliant decision as his butt is like Steve Carell’s face — it has an everyman quality that you normally don’t see in post-coital scenes on film. Sure, Ben Stone was a slacker with a body that says “I’m not above standing at a Taco Bell drive-thru at 2 a.m.with the munchies.” But his sweet disposition (with a little help from his awesome sense of humor) eventually won over Katherine Heigl’s heart.
2. Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall – The Break-Up Scene
Jason Segel has been using his body for great comic effect for years on How I Met Your Mother where Lily always wanted to break off a piece of his no-pack stomach, but in Forgetting Sarah Marshall his Dad Bod becomes a sad bod. Segel spends the movie trying to get over his ex-girlfriend, played by Kristen Bell, who breaks up with him in this hilarious scene after he drops his towel in their apartment. The beauty of this awkward moment is that it turns the typical movie breakup scene on its head by having an honest moment with him refusing to put his towel on while crying.
3. Will Ferrell, Old School – The Streaking Scene
“We’re Going Streaking” may be the rallying cry in this scene but what makes Frank “The Tank” one of the greatest characters in comedy history is his comfortableness in his drunken Dad Bod. Forget streaking — you have to be filled with drunken confidence to call Snoop Dogg “Snoop A Loop.” Whether it’s his chest hair or his classic pudgy core, nobody has a better body for comedy than Will Ferrell.
4. Owen Wilson, Hall Pass – Coffee Shop
It has been said that clothes make the man, and if that’s the case then the right outfit definitely helped make the Dad Bod on Owen Wilson in Hall Pass. Nothing says “I’m a suburban dad” like a t-shirt tucked into a pair of khakis. In this scene he proves that a dorky dad living in the ‘burbs can be way cooler than a hipster douche living off his parents.
5. Michael Keaton, Mr. Mom – My Brain is Like Oatmeal
Back in 1983, stay-at-home moms were way more common than stay-at-home dads, so it wasn’t outdated to make a comedy about a dad who’s forced to take over the household chores after he loses his job and his wife goes back to work. Nobody does frantic and funny like Michael Keaton, and he is hilarious in Mr. Mom as he teeters on the brink of sanity while trying to take care of the kids while the sexy divorced neighbor has an eye on his growing Dad Bod. In this scene, he pulls off the flannel shirt and beard look decades before Brooklyn dads jumped on the trend.
6. Mike Myers, Wayne’s World – The Bedroom Scene
If there’s one thing we learned from Wayne’s World it’s that “a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in America – almost to the top – but it can’t get you everything.” Rob Lowe’s Benjamin had all of that going for him but he still lost out to Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who won over the heart of Cassandra with the help of his trusted friend Garth. You think Tom Cruise in his prime could’ve won a woman’s heart with a tighty whitey wedgie? As if! Wayne might not be worthy of Alice Cooper but he knew how to woo the women of Aurora. Game on, indeed.
7. Bill Murray, Stripes – You’re Going Nowhere, John
After losing his job, his apartment, his girl, his car and his pizza, the Army seemed like a logical next step for Bill Murray in Stripes. This hilarious scene in this all-time comedy classic shows you that you can have a beautiful girlfriend if you wear a grimy sweatshirt all day and generally look like a guy who can’t do five pushups without collapsing. You just better have everything else going well for you, or else she’s going to leave you with nothing but your Tito Puente albums. Murray, along with his buddy Harold Ramis as Russell “I’m a pacifist” Ziskey, have the last laugh as they join the Army and get into better but still pretty average shape. They even use their slacker charm to pick up two sexy female MPs and save their platoon in one heavily armed recreational vehicle.
8. Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own – Dottie Does the Lineup
There might not be any crying in baseball but there sure are Dad Bods, particularly in the dugout. Right before Tom Hanks won the Academy award for Best Actor in Philadelphia and then again in Forrest Gump, he gained weight to play Jimmy Dugan, the coach of the Rockford Peaches in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jimmy Dugan might be the quintessential Hanks performance as his comedic shouting rivals the legendary Gene Wilder in greatness. In this scene in which he rips up Betty Spaghetti’s baseball card in a drunken stupor, and mumbles incoherently in the locker room, he still manages to capture the attention of Madonna, even with a double chin.
9. Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation – Clark Meets the Girl in the Red Convertible
Clark W. Griswold might be America’s favorite comedy dad and it’s only fitting that he’s played by Chevy Chase, one of America’s most quoted comic actors, who happens to have an all-time Dad Bod. Chevy is rocking a polo shirt, a Member’s Only jacket and Cousin Eddie’s white shoes when he finally talks to Christie Brinkley’s definitive ’80s babe. The moment when he realizes that he’s “in deep” and jumps into the pool, he’s taking every male viewer with him.
10. Jack Black, Nacho Libre – Pretty Much Every Scene
Jack Black has never been afraid to rock out with his stomach out. Whether it’s in Tenacious D or as the hero Nacho Libre, Black has always used his Dad Bod to great comedic effect.