ESPY Awards: Steve Carell and Paul Rudd spoof Lebron's 'Decision'

ESPN’s ESPY Awards have become surprisingly fertile ground for comedy over the past few years. Remember when JT smelled David Beckham’s foot in 2008? Or when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly teamed up to give their hysterical list of demands for hosting? (“I want Harry Caray riding Mike Ditka at my kid’s birthday party.”)

But this clip of Dinner for Schmucks costars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd spoofing Lebron James’ The Decision last night might just be my favorite ESPY clip of all time. Check it out here:

What do you think, PopWatchers? Funniest ESPY moment ever? Or do you have another nominee? And where does this rank against the other “Decision” spoofs out there?

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  • Madd

    “Sounds like you have mental problems, man.”
    “Yeah you got mental problems, man.”
    “Yeah, he really does.”

    • Friggin Tommy Noble


  • Brittany

    That was classic. The only funnier thing I’ve seen on ESPN was when Anchorman came out and they had the clip where Ron Burgundy auditioned for SportsCenter.

  • Ceballos

    “I have a letter here from the president of Chili’s.”
    “Warren P. Chili?”

    This is great. Rudd is a terrific straight man and Carell is great when he underplays.

    • Madd

      I’ve heard that Warren P. Chili’s daughter, Pepper, and Pizzerina Sbarro are in a huge feud.

      • Sammy Nutt

        That’s dumb.

  • Tina

    I loved it. That ridiculous special last week definitely deserved spoofing.

  • TQB

    Great stuff. Love it when funny people are just let loose to do funny things.

  • Elizabeth in the Cleve

    I love those guys, but…

    This seems a smidge hypocritical of ESPN to satirize and criticize something they played a big part in. Especially considering they were angling for the announcement to be made during the ESPYs.

    • Brillian

      Its a win-win situation. They get attention for “The Decision”, and then for spoofing “The Decision.”

    • potatoslaw

      it’s not at all hypocritical. lebron’s people went to espn. not the other way around. do you think espn could say “no”? i’m sure everyone at espn thought it was a joke, but you can’t say no to free.

      • james

        ESPN has made an empire out of spoofing theirselves that is why they are so successful, because they do not take their work seriously.

    • Drando

      It’s quite possible and I would even say likely, that different production teams created “The Decision” and the Espy’s, or at least the people who made that skit. It is possible that the same person higher up had to ok both decisions, but they probably were thought of and spearheaded by different people and teams.

  • April

    Love Paul Rudd

  • Brian

    This was hilarious.
    “How much time we got left? 58 minutes? Whats your favorite color…” LOL

  • BeBe

    So glad that you put this on here because I missed this part last night. So hilarious!! I really wish Steve would stay and not leave The Office. :( He makes the show great!

    • Madd

      Yeah, I highly doubt I’ll watch after he leaves. The writers really should just end the show then…who am I kidding, NBC will try to squeeze every last drop, even if it’s terrible, until no one watches it anymore (*cough* Heroes *cough*).

      • Jason C.

        So you think that NBC should just fire the whole cast and put people out of work because one person decides to leave the cast?!

    • Ceballos

      I agree…I actually thought for a split second that Carell’s “decision” could be about his future on “The Office”, but he’d never do that (especially in a comedic bit) and we pretty much know he’s out the door anyway.

      I can’t say that I won’t watch without him (because I love that show SO much), but I REALLY wish it would end with Carell’s departure. (Not likely.)

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  • Jenn

    I did think that this spoof was hilarious, but more notable for me was what a fantastic job Seth Meyers did in hosting the ESPYs this year. I don’t watch sports, don’t follow any teams, but my husband does. So this was the first time I watched this awards show, and I actually enjoyed it. The look on Favre’s face when Meyers roasted him at the beginning was priceless.

  • dude!

    funniest moment EVER is watching bandwagon Boston fans drop off when they realize “Oh yeah, they suck. Boy were we stupid.”

    • Drando

      What a brave man to post unrelated insults with the anonymity of the internet. Does losing in the NBA finals mean you suck? It means you weren’t the best team that year…but it doesn’t mean you’re the knicks.

    • erin

      Boston is the best sports city in the country, and has the most dedicated, well-informed fans. Almost all of us are true fans from birth to grave. You must be confusing our town with yours.

      • Joseph

        Losing in the NBA finals does not at all mean you suck, in fact you were one of the best. But Boston does have a ton of bandwagon fans along with the loyal fans, just as most big market cities do when they become good. Here in Ohio, for whatever reason in the past 10 years it has become so cool to like Boston. I went to a Reds/Red Sox game in Cinci a few years ago, there were more Red Sox fans than Cinci fans! Where do these guys come from? I guess Reds fans could also be partly to blame for that….

  • KG

    Love that Steve said it’s because of Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion. In a past episode of The Office, Michael and Jan took a client (Tim Meadows) to Chili’s. Michael and the client ordered Awesome Blossom – the Chili’s equivalent to Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion. But now Chili’s doesn’t have the Awesome Blossom anymore so good on you Steve Carrell for switching to Outback Steakhouse because they have the Bloomin’ Onion haha…

    • Sarah

      i thought of that too!

  • Birungi K

    Steve Carrell on Lebron James

  • Mark

    As a Cleveland Cavalier fan, this was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. I love the letter from the President of Chilli’s with the all caps guarantee that it would make him gassy eating at Outback. Thanks to probably the 2 funniest guys in movies for spoofing the so called “King”. I can’t wait for “Dinner With Schmucks”.

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