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|Written by Lauren Cheal|
|Thursday, 20 May 2010 00:00|
Jane Lynch is an incredibly gifted comedic actress, and I think we all need to watch a little more of her. She has been a guest star on countless television shows and has had some memorable roles in big-budget films as well (The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and recently Julie and Julia). If you have only recently learned of Jane Lynch's greatness, possibly from watching a show I describe at the end of this article, I recommend checking out some of her other great roles.
Christy Cummings, Best in ShowThis is where I first met and fell in love with Jane Lynch. In Christopher Guest's best mockumentary to date (some will say I am wrong and that Spinal Tap is better, but I am a girl and didn't think that movie was half as funny as Best in Show), Lynch absolutely nailed the character of Christy Cummings, a lesbian purebread dog trainer/breeder. She was the straight man (if you will pardon the term) to her partner Jennifer Coolidge, who played Sherri Ann Cabot, the bimbo wife of an ancient rich man. Coolidge's performance was one of her best (admittedly this isn't saying a lot, but Coolidge can be very funny), and is made better by the stern and reserved Lynch. In Best in Show Lynch shows us that she is great at playing everyday people and manages to pull it off with a satirical edge that is still completely believable.
Here is one of my favorite Lynch lines from Best in Show:
Laurie Bohner (A Mighty Wind), Cindy (For Your Consideration) (her other roles in Christopher Guest movies)
Cindi Lightballoon (Arrested Development)
Many fans of the cult (now mainstream) hit Arrested Development took note of a guest role for Lynch as Cindi Lightballoon, a government spy sent to the prison to get information on George Sr.'s many crimes. It is a classic comedy set-up, and Lynch hits it out of the park. She puts up with George Sr.'s babblings about Judaism and becomes one of his converts and admirers. Lightballoon is as silly as her name implies, but again Lynch is able to sell the character.
Sue Sylvester (Glee)
If you haven't heard of Coach Sue Sylvester, you are in for a real treat. Lynch plays the betracksuited, harsh and demanding coach on Fox's Glee -- a show you probably already love or hate. While the Glee storylines waver in their differing amounts of camp, sentimentality, and downright incoherence, there is one character that keeps me coming back for more: Sue Sylvester. She is the rival of Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison), coach of the titular glee club. Her hobbies include is making jokes about his over-gelled hair and calling the guidance counselor, Emma, different names that start with vowels (Irma, Ella, Eileen, etc).