Paul Rudd is an international treasure. His charm, his good looks, his humour—it’s all deadly. But none of those traits hold a candle to his tremendous (and frequently spontaneous) dancing abilities. If you’ve never had the distinct pleasure of seeing Rudd bust a move under even the slightest pretense, then—not to judge too harshly—you have not truly lived. We’re not saying Paul Rudd’s dancing is so great and delightful that it deserves a Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize, but…okay, that’s exactly what we’re saying. With that in mind, please enjoy Mr. Rudd as he shakes and shimmies right into your hearts, as he has ours.
That time he smacked his bum on SNL
We can only dream of one day achieving the dancing glory of being able to smack our bum while standing next to Paul McCartney playing a mini-harmonica. Until then, we will enjoy Paul Rudd doing so.
When he showed up on Friends and tried to impress Phoebe
Or that time he synchronized his dance moves in The 40-Year-Old Virgin
A lot of people are clearly having fun in the bizarre finale to the Steve Carell comedy, but few are experiencing as much joy—or displaying as much acrobatic flourish—as Paul Rudd. Frankly, we’d be shocked if the whole ending wasn’t just his idea so he’d have an excuse to dance.
Remember when he did this great move to impress The Tonight Show audience?
If Paul Rudd’s Jimmy Fallon lip sync performance is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco (which, clearly, it is), then the bursts of boogie that burst out of Rudd as he performs Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” are the moment God nearly touches Adam’s finger and creates life. Hyperbole? Most definitely. BUT THAT’S HOW GREAT PAUL RUDD DANCING IS.
He was a real role model in, well, Role Models
Proof not just of what amazing little prompting Paul Rudd needs to start dancing, but also how him dancing even a few seconds in anything instantly becomes the highlight of whatever he’s in.
6. Rudd was on Sesame Street for crying out loud
We’re no mathmeticians, but we’re pretty sure Paul Rudd + Oversized Earth Costume + Sesame Street + Elmo + Spastic Dancing = The Meaning of Life.
We’d let him deliver a package to us at night
We’d be lying if we said that Paul Rudd’s manic, car-top celebration dance routine in Overnight Delivery hasn’t become our own celebration dance that we whip out when we earn a free coffee at Starbucks, find a penny on the street or when Beyonce releases a new album.
David Letterman knew P-Rudd had it going on:
A brief, but “we’re not worthy,” demonstration of Paul Rudd’s ability to dance with his entire body, arms swinging one moment, body twitching back and forth the next. It’s like some sort of human pendulum. Most of all, this little performance illustrates one of the key factors of Paul Rudd Dancing Awesomeness: You’re never quite sure what he’s actually going to do from one moment to the next.
He’s a cutie when he dances dressed down
Paul Rudd does the whitest white guy dance ever performed in the history of the universe, while wearing a cheap white T-shirt, and blue baseball cap, and still somehow it’s amazing, adorable, and charming. And yes, maybe even a little seductive.
And, obviously, dressed up
The best part of this is you can tell neither Rudd or Conan O’Brien had planned to dance together, but the—like the most beautiful magic—it just happens. And it’s wonderful to watch just how quickly Paul Rudd accelerates from still to fully getting down in one second flat.
Seriously Paul, be our man
Where to even begin? The prop use? The fact that we get Rudd two-stepping, chorus lining, break dancing, and…well, whatever else he is doing in here? Really though, it’s just that the I Could Never Be Your Woman director of this entirely forgettable movie had at least had the good sense to let Rudd dance for more than a minute, thereby giving us the clip we watch every time we have a bad day.
Paul’s moves are more awesome than Tim and Eric
Your life will literally never be the same after being introduced to Tayne. Tim and Eric (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) deserve a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize themselves, just for realizing the greatness that is Paul Rudd Dancing, and then doing an entire sketch about it.