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August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
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August 21, 2013 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the statuesque, 51-year-old actress has created a memorable gallery of no-holds-barred, outrageously funny ladies. Frat boys know her as Stifler's seductive mom who likes her scotch and men the same way - aged 18 years - in Paul and Chris Weitz's 1999 blockbuster "American Pie" and two of its sequels.
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July 27, 2003 | Janet Kinosian
If you've seen the films "American Pie," "Best in Show" and now "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," chances are you've laughed when Jennifer Coolidge is on screen. Her niche characters -- weird women with trademark large lips and incongruous accents -- make her a perfect "supporting kook," claims the Boston-born actress. A Groundling Theatre graduate, Coolidge made her screen debut as Jerry Seinfeld's uncooperative masseuse girlfriend on "Seinfeld." Her big break -- as Stifler's lusty mom in the "American Pie" films -- gets her recognized by young men the world over.
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November 25, 2009 | By Noelle Carter
  Dear SOS: Although it's no longer on the menu at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara, my friends from law school and I, in an unusual unanimous opinion, found the Coolidge to be the best cocktail of the summer. We know the ingredients, but we need expert testimony on the proportions and methodology used to prepare it. Michael J. DeNiro Santa Barbara Dear Michael: This cocktail, created at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood by bartender Danielle Motor for actress Jennifer Coolidge, combines interesting ingredients such as chiles and rice wine vinegar, making for a drink that almost has the feel of a deconstructed Bloody Mary.
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November 25, 2009 | By Noelle Carter
  Dear SOS: Although it's no longer on the menu at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara, my friends from law school and I, in an unusual unanimous opinion, found the Coolidge to be the best cocktail of the summer. We know the ingredients, but we need expert testimony on the proportions and methodology used to prepare it. Michael J. DeNiro Santa Barbara Dear Michael: This cocktail, created at the Hungry Cat in Hollywood by bartender Danielle Motor for actress Jennifer Coolidge, combines interesting ingredients such as chiles and rice wine vinegar, making for a drink that almost has the feel of a deconstructed Bloody Mary.
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June 13, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
It takes a long time before the Groundlings' new show, "Groundlings & the Tijuana Brass," hits its mark. Opening salvos about a 1960s British rock group, a demented office worker and a predictably weird television evangelist seem more effective as character studies than as comedy, and the sole improv piece (another was canceled at show time) was thin on the night this reviewer attended.
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February 28, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI
Along with some flashes of creative wit, there are a lot of disconcerting moments in the Groundlings' newest evening of satire, "Days of Wine and Groundlings." Jennifer Coolidge's pieces "Qualified" and "The Masseuse" rely upon either ridiculous situations (a bimbo hired to be company vice president by a group of lecherous suits who are in for a surprise) or hitting the audience discomfort zone (an ugly, sexually desperate Russian masseuse paws at her male customer).
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September 19, 2008 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
"Pull the switch!" is what every hunchbacked assistant in the sunless Kingdom of Malaria (main export: evil) hears from their diabolical, cruel lab masters. In the animated movie "Igor," however, one such lowly misfit (voiced by John Cusack) dreams of shattering the castle ceiling for his worker class and inventing his own mad creature some day.
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February 23, 2001 | JANA J. MONJI
The Groundlings' "When Groundlings Attack" is a sketch comedy and improv bill that won't launch a major assault on your funny bone, but it will give you a mild case of the giggles. The program tends toward the predictable, but the cast charges undaunted into creative characterizations. There's no real bomb, but there are no fireworks either.
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February 16, 1996 | SCOTT COLLINS
Anyone who sits in the front rows at "Groundlings: Chains Required" is liable to get plucked from the audience and inserted into a sketch about a TV dance contest. "I'm not really a dancer," a woman protested on review night. "Oh, you say that," replied the host (John Cervenka), "but your body says otherwise!"
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July 27, 2003 | Janet Kinosian
If you've seen the films "American Pie," "Best in Show" and now "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," chances are you've laughed when Jennifer Coolidge is on screen. Her niche characters -- weird women with trademark large lips and incongruous accents -- make her a perfect "supporting kook," claims the Boston-born actress. A Groundling Theatre graduate, Coolidge made her screen debut as Jerry Seinfeld's uncooperative masseuse girlfriend on "Seinfeld." Her big break -- as Stifler's lusty mom in the "American Pie" films -- gets her recognized by young men the world over.
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March 5, 1999 | JANA J. MONJI
The Groundlings launch their 25th anniversary season with "Groundling Like It's 1999," an uneven bill of new sketches and improvisations that sometimes relies too heavily on physical comedy. The show begins weakly with a themed musical number, "Placido Domingo," in which John Crane portrays the opera great trying awkwardly to rock 'n' roll while singing the Artist Formerly Known as Prince's "1999." Yet some of the better skits are also musical.
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February 27, 2012
SERIES The Voice: Blind auditions wrap up with this new episode of the singing competition (8 p.m. NBC). The Bachelor: Ben and the final three bachelorettes head to Switzerland for exotic dates in this new episode (8 p.m. ABC). 2 Broke Girls: In this new episode, Max accompanies Caroline on a visit to her dad behind bars. Garrett Morris, Matthew Moy, Jonathan Kite and Jennifer Coolidge also star in this new episode (8:30 p.m. CBS). Hart of Dixie: George (Scott Porter)
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