The Office Isn’t the Only Place He Makes Jokes
From his most recent appearance on SNL, to his iconic role of Michael Scott in “The Office”, Steve Carrell’s comedic triumphs simply cannot go ignored. For this list, we’ll be ranking 5 of the most humorous and hype-worthy moments of Steve Carell’s enviable body of work within film and television. We’re going to try and hit a lot of beats from Carell’s career over the years, so as not to focus too much on his classic and widely quoted “The Office” moments. If your favourite Steve Carrell moment isn’t on the list below, make sure to check out the full video on WatchMojo.com of the Top 10 Funniest Steve Carell Moments.
#5: Golden Globes Acceptance Speech
“The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” (2006)
Let’s be honest: watching celebrities accept awards on stage isn’t always that entertaining. Thankfully, Steve Carell injected something fresh and funny into his acceptance speech at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards. Carell had won the “Best Actor” award for a comedic television series, and got onto the dais unprepared, ostensibly without a speech. He then pulled out something his wife, actress Nancy Walls, had written for him, which was just about perfect. Sure, the speech was peppered with all of the people Steve was supposed to mention, but it also made sure to focus multiple thanks upon Nancy, all of which got the Golden Globes audience roaring with laughter.
#4: Doing the News
“Bruce Almighty” (2003)
“Bruce Almighty” was a witty and surprisingly smart 2003 comedy about a man who gets to literally play God for a day. Jim Carrey was fantastic in the title role, but it was Steve Carell’s scene, as Evan Baxter the newsman, which many fans still remember today. Baxter is the victim of a prank pulled by Carrey during a live newscast, and is forced to speak nonsense and gibberish to his local audience. It’s silly, sure, but it gets us going every time. The less said about Carell’s spin off movie “Evan Almighty,” though, the better.
#3: Kelly Clarkson!!
“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
Steve Carell superfans could argue that it was this 2005 film which signified the comedian’s transition to Hollywood’s main stage, and they wouldn’t be wrong. The Judd Apatow project had a lot going for it, from the ensemble cast to Carell’s awkward but likable performance in the title role. It’s the waxing scene which has endured the most from “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, however, thanks to Carell’s over-the-top histrionics and reaction to the grooming process. Specifically, the shouted line “Kelly Clarkson!” was the one which made all of the trailers and viral clips, and we gotta say that the scene is still hilarious today.
#2: “That’s What She Said”
“The Office” (2005-13)
Ok, we could’ve made this list entirely of clips from “The Office,” and we’re gonna cheat and mention a whole bunch here, only because we adore the show so much. Michael Scott’s kiss with Oscar and his “scared stiff” character of “Prison Mike” were both highlights for us, but our number two entry just has to be all of the times Michael uttered that infamous line, “that’s what she said.” It was a superb running joke in the series, and always found a new way to be funny and awkward . . . just like Scott himself.
#1: I LOVE LAMP
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)
Speaking of funny and awkward, Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” has got to go down as one of the weirdest characters of all time. Seriously, who else could go from brandishing a trident in a news team fight to espousing his love of lamps in a single movie? Carell’s Tamland was a joy to watch, especially as he bounces off the comedic timing of his co-stars Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. Oh, and don’t get us started on that brilliant harmonizing job on “Afternoon Delight.” WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT. It’s pure comedy gold.
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