Ah, after the rout that was Tuesday's Finding Nemo quiz, it seems I did manage to stump a few of you with Thursday's Threes.
Of course, even a somewhat more obscure quiz didn't slow down Donna–she was there right away with the correct answer and so pulls down yet another Threes homemade construction-paper medal! Well-earned congrats to Donna, and to Fiirvoen and Clint M., who came in second and third. (Alas, Millar guessed second, but she doubted there even was a real answer.)
So, what actor was in Rent, There's Something About Mary and The School of Rock? Saddle up the ol' Inviso-Text!
It was Sarah Silverman, folks! (Sorry, Adam Pascal was in Rent and School of Rock, but not Something About Mary). Now normally I tie these quizzes to the cast of a film opening the coming weekend, but this week there's only Funny People, and frankly we've either done Threes with a lot of its cast, or they would have been too easy. But Silverman is in Funny People–along with many other real-life comedians, she plays herself in a cameo.
Anyhoo, I won't go into the usual long, rambling explination of my feelings for Silverman–at one time I thought she was absolutely brilliant, but the past few years have felt a bit coast-y, a bit same-y. Still, she's a tremendous, shocking, disturbing, controversial talent. Which is why it's always fun to see her pop up, on occasion, in semi-straight roles.
Such as Rent, where she had a small part as the Alexi, the music-video network executive who offers Anthony Rapp's Mark a series based on his film footage. And in There's Something About Mary, Silverman plays what I believe is her one shot at the usual role for off-beat, edgy female comedians: the off-beat, edgy best friend of the rom-com lead. (Though it feels a bit odd to call Mary a rom-com, and Silverman's role as Brenda is miniscule.)
But perhaps the biggest cast-against-type role for Silverman was in The School of Rock, where she played Patti, the uptight, harping girlfriend of (screenwriter) Mike White's Ned. That's right, Sarah Silverman of all people was the one saying stop being immature and settle down and fit in.