I’ve been recently started re-watching the late, great Arrested Development on DVD, which is always fun to do when a show carries that many layers of humour. It’s tough to pick a favourite character—everything raspy illusionist Gob Bluth does or says is hilarious to me—but I’ve gotta go with Tobias Funke, Lindsay Bluth’s probably-gay, psychatrist-turned-actor husband (played by Mr. Show’s David Cross).
If you are familiar at all with the show, then you probably know that Tobias suffers from an extremely rare psychological affliction; he’s a Never-nude, which means that he can’t stand to ever be completely naked. Hence his ever-present cut-off jean shorts, which he even wears while sobbing in the shower after blowing yet another audition.
The introduction of this character detail, however, reminded me of a conversation with a customer of mine a few years back, when said customer pointed out a comics character who also apparently suffered from the same bizarre neurosis:
Poor guy. I just thought he liked cut-offs.