Video: Jane Lynch combats noseblindness in Funny or Die PSA

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Image Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision for Febreze

Have you ever been to someone’s home and just been hit in the face with a stench completely unbeknownst to the owner? Sure you have, and you’ve likely been the guilty party as well. Jane Lynch addresses this issue–noseblindness–in a mock PSA for Funny or Die and Febreze, which describes the condition thusly: Noseblind (adj)–Unable to recognize foul smells one has grown accustomed to.

Lynch elaborated on the matter when Entertainment Weekly met with her at the shoot. “There’s probably smells that you’re kind of used to and it takes somebody coming over to your house to go dude, your place stinks,” Lynch explained, pointing to cats, wet dogs, and teenage boys as examples of factors that contribute to a home’s stench.

In the video, we see an intervention-style sit-down with Lynch and four other women discussing noseblindness. Sarah, for example, has a kitchen that smells like the fish casserole she cooks every Sunday. “The last time I left your house I smelled so much like cod that my cats ate through my infinity scarf,” Tanya says. “Now it’s just a regular scarf!” Tanya was soon accused by Allison of having a house that smells like cat litter. You get the idea.

In real life, Lynch has been guilty of noseblindness herself. “I have been intervened on because of the stink in my house,” Lynch confessed. “I had two cats and a dog. They stunk up my house, and I couldn’t smell it anymore. I welcomed my friends coming in, I’d ask how does it smell, and they’d say, ‘Jane, you gotta do something about this.’” Hey, at least she’s honest with herself.

Let’s not forget, this is a Funny or Die video, and Lynch, of course, is no stranger to the site, both as a fan (she counts Drunk History and The Landlord among her favorites) and as a contributor (she made a ’70s-style musical with Jordan Peele advocating for the separation of church and state last year).

“It’s always fun to work with Funny or Die because they are committed to what is the most funny,” Lynch said. “Every moment is mined for what is most funny. It’s a very democratic process. I might have the funniest line or somebody else might. The funny line wins. That’s what I love about it. I go through my life figuring out how to make things funnier and always have, and this is a production company devoted to that. How can we make this funnier?”

See how Lynch, and her fellow actresses, met this goal in the “PSA” below:


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