Jason Segel: The Funny Man’s Man
Back in the year 1999 while people were busy buying bottled water and saving porn to floppy disks in preparation for Y2K, NBC aired a program called Freaks and Geeks, which may as well have been called “Names and Faces You Will Recognize in 10 years.” One such name and face from Freaks and Geeks was Jason Segel, more commonly known as the penis and puppets guy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This Friday he is co-staring with Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher, where he plays a hilarious gym teacher.
After getting his start on Judd Apatow’s cult-hit Freaks and Geeks, Segel wasn’t really heard from again until playing a small but memorable part in Apatow’s smash hit Knocked Up. He then wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he gets to have sex scenes with both Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis. Well played, Mr. Segel. And who can forget his Dracula musical, the only musical a Mancaver should want to watch.
Segel then went from jilted lover to the commitment free friend who eats junk food, jams in his garage, and has a designated masturbation station in I Love You, Man. Yes, Jason Segel had the ultimate mancave. And the movie centered on a budding bromance between him and Paul Rudd. Oh yeah, and he started a fight with the Hulk, aka Lou Ferrigno. You got brass balls Segel.
He then further showed his breadth by lending his voice to a character in Despicable Me, a DreamWorks animated children’s comedy. Recently, he was tapped to write and star in the new Muppets movie, aptly titled The Muppets. You can also find him as Marshall in How I Met Your Mother, which is entering its 7th season this fall.
Mr. Segel has managed to do the impossible. Not only do audiences love him in his raunchy R-rated flicks, but he also stars in movies for the little ones without seeming like a sell-out. Many comedians are accused of losing their touch or being forced into doing fluffy family-friendly films (looking at you Eddie Murphy), but Segel appears nothing but genuine.
Let’s be honest, it takes a damn talented actor to be able to do movies for kids and then turn around and make movies featuring casual conversation about jerkin’ it and crying naked dudes. And on top of that, his family owns a high-end menswear store in Boston. Talk about manly. Segel represents everything we stand for and then some at the Mancave Daily, so for that we give Mr. Segel a hearty “You The Man”.
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