14 Examples of Why FXX's 'The League' Has the Best Unflattering Reaction Shots on Television
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14 Examples of Why FXX's 'The League' Has the Best Unflattering Reaction Shots on Television

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | November 14, 2013 | Comments ()

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You may not noticed this, or maybe you take it for granted, but an actor’s willingness to put aside vanity in order to react on camera is more important to comedy than you’d think, and on that score, no one gives bad reaction better than Nick Kroll. I’m being honest here, too: The man could give a clinic in how to provoke a laugh with a horrid reaction shot.

On FXX’s The League, it’s not just Kroll: The entire cast has demonstrated, over five seasons, a incredible ability to extract humor out of a simple look of revulsion. Or an unpleasant O-face. Or just a simple, “No.” I picked up on this several times last night, while I was listing the best lines of the episode for Uproxx. There were a lot of great moments that were funny not because of what was being said, but because of they way the other characters reacted.

Here are several examples from last night’s episode alone.

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  • Jim Slemaker

    Loved The League for awhile and probably always will, but last season's opener was gawd-awful and the season incredibly uneven, mostly bad. This season has just been horrible with rare exception. It's clear these guys have moved on to bigger, better things.

  • manting

    Forever Unclean! Kroll is great on the show but Raffi is shear balls to the wall genius.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This post needs a the gif reaction shot of Andre saying "moist is the classy wet".

  • jennajez

    I tried watching this show. Really really hard. I tried. But are there seriously adults like this? Who exist in life? Who talk about nothing but feces/piss/semen/vaginas?

  • JJ

    Yes, the characters on this comedic television show are immature assholes who play up those aspects to entertaining ends. You certainly don't have to like the show, but your expectations may be a bit misplaced.

  • jennajez

    I don't mind if they play up their immaturity, but I watched like 5 episodes on Netflix, and crass humor about bodily fluids was like 90% of the content. That's just lazy.

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  • jennajez

    Please tell me where these people live so I can avoid them at all costs. I have never encountered such a person in real life, and would like to keep it that way.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i live in my own apartment, and the whole bit with Ruxin and Pete in the article header had me CACKLING with laughter. i didn't even know i could cackle, and i'm sure the neighbors didn't either. i love this show.

  • Michelle

    Mark Duplass makes the best faces.

  • JJ

    I give Tall Guy credit, but Brian pulls off a better reaction shot.

  • Jiffylush

    This episode was the funniest I have seen it a while, the callbacks really made it for me.

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