Jeff Winger, portrayed by Joel McHale, is best known for his hilarious sarcastic remarks, quick-wit, and inspirational speeches. Jeff's biggest talent, which enabled him to impersonate an attorney for over six years, is talking. In fact, he even said it himself that if he keeps talking long enough he can make anything right or wrong.
Needless to say, over the course of six seasons, Jeff Winger has delivered countless unforgettable lines. His sardonic observations cracked us up every time and his rousing speeches were unexpectedly moving. Today, we take the opportunity to count down Jeff's most memorable lines on Community.
10 WITH ALL DUE RESPECT…
In “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations”, Jeff finally goes to meet his estranged father and spend Thanksgiving with him. They get to talking and everything seems to be going fine until dear old dad suggests that walking out on Jeff and his mom might have been a good thing for Jeff, which is when Jeff delivers this unforgettable line:
With all due respect… which is none… go to hell!
And oh, how we love using this one on people in real life. Jeff has delivered some pretty epic burns during the show’s six-season run, but this one is perfect – sharp, concise, and appropriate for any occasion.
9 SHE HAS MORE FIGHTS...
In season one, it really did look like the show was going for a Ross and Rachel type of thing with Jeff and Britta. The two clearly had mutual attraction, great chemistry, and flirted a lot, but they also had their differences. Britta couldn’t stand Jeff’s narcissism, and Jeff had a problem with Britta's overly zealous efforts to fight social injustices even where there weren't any. At one point, Jeff described her like this:
She has more fights about something that doesn’t matter than a YouTube comments section.
While he didn’t necessarily mean it as an insult, but merely an observation, there’s no rule that says we can’t use it as such when the opportunity arises.
8 IT'S CALLED CHEMISTRY...
In the season two episode “Paradigms of Human Memory”, as the group takes a stroll down memory lane Abed announces to the group that Jeff and Britta are having secret sex, prompting everyone to blame Jeff and Britta for their horrible year. When Annie and Abed imply that Jeff also flirted with Annie over the year, Jeff responds like the true narcissist that he is:
It’s called chemistry. I have it with everyone.
If ever you need to channel your inner narcissist, this Jeff Winger line should do the trick. Although, that’s true of most of his lines.
7 IS THERE A PILL THAT MAKES THE WORD ‘NO’ CLEARER?
Sometimes people just can’t take 'no' for an answer and it can get really annoying, really fast. In this example, Pierce kept trying to drag Jeff on a double date with him and his new girlfriend, even though Jeff made it clear he wasn’t the least bit interested. So, when Pierce announced the double date to the group, Jeff – true to form – responded with a snarky remark:
Is there a pill that makes the word 'no' clearer?
So, next time someone keeps trying to force you into an activity you made clear you don’t want to partake in, remember Jeff's wise words.
6 OH HEY, IS THAT A REASON TO LEAVE?
No matter how hard Jeff tried to avoid doing stuff and getting involved in the private lives of other members of the study group, more often than not he got dragged into their drama. In “Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy”, Jeff gets stuck between a rock and a hard place when Shirley asks him to get Chang to sign a document waiving his parental rights to the baby. Cornered by Shirley and Chang, Jeff delivers this gem before bolting:
Oh hey, is that a reason to leave?
We’ve all been in conversations we couldn’t wait to get out of, and sometimes it’s just too damn hard to come up with a plausible excuse to leave. But, this one works for any occasion.
5 I AGREE WITH BROWN JAMIE LEE CURTIS.
Remembering people’s names can be a challenge. Especially in places like a college or the office where there’s just way too many. Many of us, thus, come up with nicknames or codenames which we use with our group of friends to know who we're talking about. In the opening scene from “Asian Population Studies”, the study group is trying to guess who Annie’s new crush is and they keep using pop culture references to describe people.
Finally, Abed suggests that perhaps it’s time they learned people’s real names, and Jeff just can’t resist the need to do the zinger, adds: “I agree with brown Jamie Lee Curtis”, referring to Abed.
4 FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I DON'T HAVE AN EGO.
The season one episode “Contemporary America Poultry” pays homage to Mafia movies by parodying and imitating their typical cinematography, style, and narration. Jeff’s plan to get chicken fingers from the cafeteria gets out of hand and soon enough Abed turns it into a Mafia-style endeavor. When Jeff comes to Abed to pull the plug, Abed tells him that his ego is holding him back, to which Jeff replies:
For your information, I don’t have an ego. My Facebook photo is a landscape.
Clearly, the insinuation that Jeff has an ego is preposterous. After all, it’s a well-known fact that people are always honest and genuine online. Nothing says “not a narcissist” better than a landscape photo (instead of a picture of himself) on Facebook.
3 WILL YOUR REALITY EVER COME OUT ON BLU-RAY SO WE CAN ENJOY IT?
In the season two episode “Intro to Political Science”, Dean Pelton surprises the study group by announcing that Vice President Joe Biden will be making a visit to the campus. Well, he surprises anyone but Abed who is quick to point out how that explains the people he noticed covertly surveying the campus, who he believes are Secret Service. Jeff, of course, dismisses the notion by saying:
Oh Abed. Will your reality ever come out on Blu-ray so we can enjoy it?
But the joke’s on him because we immediately cut to a Secret Service agent posing as a janitor outside the study room, saying “we’ve been made.”
2 I AM ALWAYS WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE...
In the hilarious season three episode “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”, Dean Pelton casts Jeff Winger to play him in his new Greendale Community College commercial, resulting in Jeff having to wear a bald cap. However, even though, he committed enough to put on the costume, Jeff wasn't about to go down without a fight.
True to form, he found a loophole that allowed him to get out of this unwanted commitment. As he explained to Abed, Jeff told the Dean to shoot his scenes in front of the Luiz Guzman statue because they have no right to show it in the promotional material, so all of his scenes would be unusable, adding “I am always willing to go the extra mile to avoid doing something.” We're all right there with you, Jeff.
1 I AM AWESOME...
The Winger speeches are a staple of Community. Jeff is an impressive orator who excels at being persuasive and passionate in his delivery even if he doesn’t necessarily believe what he’s saying is true or right. It’s a formidable skill that enabled him to impersonate a lawyer and get through Greendale Community College. The origin of the speeches can be traced to the very first episode where Jeff gives his first speech about what makes humans different and pronounces the study group a community.
People can find the good in just about anything but themselves. Look at me, it's clear to all of you that I am awesome but I could never admit that because that would make me an a**.
Over the years, Jeff went on to give many speeches, all of which were awesome because – let’s face it – Jeff is awesome, but this first one will always hold a special place in our hearts.