Jane Lynch has been doing great comedy for a long time – Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Party Down, the list goes on and on. She may be an out lesbian with a decidedly butch demeanor, but her projects range from the L-Word to Two and a Half Men. Even if people don’t know her name, everyone knows she was great in something they liked. And with Fox’s Glee, Lynch has finally achieved the celebrity status she deserves. How? By suddenly being the funniest person on television.
Lynch plays Sue Sylvester, championship cheerleading coach, enemy of the glee club, and unrepentant hard-ass. Sure, she’s bound to get a laugh with lines like, “I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark cold night, I’ll steal away into your home. And punch you in the face.” But Lynch kicks the funny up to hilarious, and her brilliantly timed delivery makes every one of her scenes a gem.
Even if you don’t like it when teenagers burst into song (you’re wrong, but whatever) PLEASE give Glee a chance, if only to watch Jane Lynch steal the show.