To me, Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore was the perfect comedy bad guy. Talented, lame, pompous, enviable and manipulative, Christopher MacDonald’s character made an ideal nemesis for Adam Sandler’s goofy, immature, capricious hockey-goon-turned-golfer.
MacDonald also played a classic comedy bad-guy part in Dirty Work, for what it’s worth, but he’s hardly the only actor who does it well. The EPA guy in Ghostbusters, Ted Knight’s judge in Caddyshack, Biff Tannen in Back to the Future, the local police chief in Super Troopers, basically the entire jock fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds, Craig Kilborn’s character in Old School, I could go on. It’s a cliched archetype: usually good-looking, always entitled and generally snively.
I’ve been thinking about comedy bad guys a lot lately because of how Bill Belichick and Tom Brady seem such perfect foils for the brazen, obnoxious, fat, freaky Rex Ryan. Brady, handsome star quarterback that clearly takes himself too seriously, could easily be cast as the bad guy in every single 80s teen movie.
But I have previously compared A-Rod to Shooter McGavin, specifically after the way he dismissed Dallas Braden in basically every sense after their mound incident and Braden’s perfect game.
So I’m wondering now which New York sports nemesis would make for the best comedy bad guy. I’ve included A-Rod on the list because even though he plays for a New York team, he seems to count as a nemesis for both Mets fans and a large portion of Yankees fans alike. Same thing for Sean Avery.