May 19, 2021


And I like my son John's Facebook post:

Sad to see that Charles Grodin has died at 86. Back in the ‘90s I loved watching him on his TV show and as a guest on other shows, and I also like him in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), with Cybill Shepherd.

I’m not surprised to see Rainn Wilson’s effusive tribute to Grodin, whose grimly deadpan approach to humor seems like a precursor to the cringe-inducing awkwardness of The Office.

Wilson wrote: "R.I.P. Charles Grodin, one of the all-time comedy greats. His legendary wit and dark wryness inspired me beyond all measure. Just watch this… SO FAR ahead of his time...." And links to this:


Ann Althouse said...

“Ozymandias" writes:

"A master of unsettling humor. In both his talk-show appearances and many of his films, Grodin managed to find and keep a careful balance along a narrow orthogonal line as a somewhat sour curdmudgeon, running against the grain of show-biz expectations, while retaining a humorous rapport arising from the plain artificiality of the conventions he exposed by his refusal to conform to them. He was able to narrowly avoid being disliked because his choice of targets couldn’t be faulted and because he was able to temper his persona through great skill as an improvisational actor-comedian. His faux obtuseness and contentiousness were both funny and valid."

Ann Althouse said...

Joe writes:

"Two guys on top of their game...Carson gets a lot of credit but not enough. He was quick as hell. This kind of entertainment is gone..."

Yes, it's amazing how elegantly they did that bit together.

Ann Althouse said...

T writes:

“ Amazing talent, way ahead of his time. I really liked Midnight Run, he was good in that. And The Honeymoon Kid, of course. But the movie that was so far ahead of its time was Real Life. Albert Brooks movie, he was mocking reality TV before there was such a thing. And Grodin is hysterical, steals the movie.”