The only transcendent part of watching the Oscars, for me, was realizing that two of the three winners for best adapted screenplay are former bit players on “Reno 911!,” the “COPS”-inspired Comedy Central sketch show (I’m a fan). Groundlings improv troupe alumni Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — along with writer-director Alexander Payne — won for adapting “The Descendants.” They didn’t utter a word onstage, but honored their own sketch-comedy bonafides by promptly striking an Angelina pose.
On “Reno,” Faxon played a recurring character who dresses up as a milkshake and Rash (most recently known for playing the dean of students on the NBC sitcom “Community”) regularly appeared as Andrew, the jibber-jabbering prostitution entrepreneur.
Sunday night’s telecast was a regular “Reno” reunion: Wendi McLendon-Covey, who played the bosomy Deputy Clementine Johnson for six seasons, presented the short-film awards with her “Bridesmaids”co-stars, which included Groundlings alumnae Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig (who, as co-writer for the screenplay, became the seventh “Saturday Night Live” cast member to lose an Oscar during or after a run with the show; she joins Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Michael McKean, Eddie Murphy and Robert Downey Jr.).
Watch the Oscar-winning milkshake man do his thing here (warning: adult language!):
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