Steve Zahn as Glenn in Out of Sight
The criminally underrated Out of Sight has a number of fine, funny performances, including Luis Guzmán’s Chino and Michael Keaton’s uncredited reprise of his Jackie Brown character Ray Nicolette.
But our comedy cash is on Zahn, the ex-con with “a vacant lot for a head.” The clueless stoner provides laughs during sphincter-tightening scenes, acting as the audience’s stand-in–”this is some crazy sh*t, it’s not just me, right?”
Zahn was a reliable wildcard for 90s directors who needed an edgy, off-kilter laugh–he was never better than in Out of Sight.
Steve Carell as Brick Tamland in Anchorman
Can comedy movies have comic relief characters? That doesn’t entirely make sense–what exactly are they giving us relief from? The comedy?