The Jane Lynch Experience: A Quick Retrospective

This week, the Fox TV show Glee (a show I’ve never watched a minute of) hit your local retailers with the first part of its first season on DVD. And as such, someone at the studio has convinced me to sit down and watch this first section of episodes in order, chronicling my findings as a totally straight, generally normal and completely disinterested viewer of Glee. That article will be hitting the site later in the week, should I survive the trip.

One thing that has me thinking that it might not be so bad is the inclusion of Jane Lynch, who stars as aggressive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. It wouldn’t be the first time that Lynch has shined, making whatever she’s in worth watching. Which got me thinking — Jane Lynch has been around. And if you take her character in Role Models into consideration, you’ll know that she’s really been around. With that in mind, I’d like to present a quick (and not all-encompassing) look at some of our favorite Jane Lynch moments:

Best in Show (2000)

Lynch first burst onto the scene in the works of Christopher Guest, breaking out in the role of Christy Cummings, the butch lesbian dog handler to trophy wife Sheri Ann Cabot, played by Jennifer Coolidge. She was the tasksmaster in the relationship. Or as Sheri calls her, Mr. Punishment.

The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005)

For the role of the over-bearing and sexual charged electronics store manager Paula, director Judd Apatow tapped into Jane’s ability to be in-your-face. Or rather, her ability to invade the personal space of Andy, played by Steve Carell. It’s uncomfortable to watch her proposition him, but it is also quite hilarious.

XBox 360 Commercials

I don’t know about you, but in my mind one of the funniest damn things Jane Lynch has done is this series of odd commercials for the XBOX 360. In which she portrays fun. Just watch the clip, you’ll get it:

Role Models (2008)

Cocaine for breakfast, cocaine for lunch. Jane Lynch as Gayle the director of Sturdy Wings in Role Models was one hardcore lady. She breathed life into the role like no one else can, with sharp wit and that now-classic deadpan delivery. It takes a lot to upstage Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in just moments of screen-time, but she did it. And did it well.

Glee (2009)

And finally, we have the only 14-seconds from Glee that I’ve ever seen. This clip was forwarded to me by a friend who watches the show (she thinks its awesome). I think that Jane Lynch makes it work, so we’ll see about the rest. For now, prepare to be punched in the face with comedy.

What are your favorite Jane Lynch moments?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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