arrested development: an ode to Gob’s Chicken Dance

Just finished watching the entire series of Arrested Development (it was on my summer to-do list– right above passing the bar exam, I promise.)  What a stunning piece of television.   Will Arnett’s overacting is delightful genius, from his failed magic act set against “The Final Countdown” to his braggadocio over his suits, but the highlight is the Chicken Dance.

In tribute to the finest work of physical comedy / funniest running bit in the past 5 years, I give you a complete list of Chicken Dance video clips:

Season 1, Ep 15, “Staff Infection“-  Gob calls Buster a chicken at a construction site, and the Chicken Dance was born.

Season 2, Ep 3, “Amigos!” – Gob in Mexico:

Season 2, Ep 9, “Burning Love” – Gob tries to taunt Michael:

Season 2, Ep 10, “Resady, Aim, Marry Me!” – Lindsay calls Michael a chicken for not pursuing Sally Sitwell:

Season 2, Ep 17, “Spring Breakout” – Lucille’s chicken dance.

Season 3, Ep 2 – “For British Eyes Only“:  Lindsay, George Sr., Lucille, Gob, this is it, people:

Bateman’s straight-man stone face elevates the absurdity to new heights.  “Has anyone in this family ever even seen a chicken?

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