The many faces of Funny Bob: Chloe Ezra’s ten favourite Roberto Luongo animated gifs of 2011

We’ve riffed on the wonders of the Roberto Luongo interview before, most notably his penchant for gallows humour when nobody’s quite in the mood (and this photo), but there’s more to it than just that. Luongo isn’t just a master of the self-deprecating quote — he’s also the most expressive player in the NHL: Funny Bob makes some incredible faces. Case in point, this one:

Your guess is as good as mine. Moving on.

Often, these remarkable looks go unnoticed when you watch Luongo’s interviews in real time, but if watch for them closely, as frequent collaborator Chloe Ezra often does, you can find pure gold. Her Tumblr account is a treasure trove of strange Lu-faces, slowed down, isolated, and gif’d.

With the new year just around the corner, we asked Chloe to curate a list of her 10 favourites, what for to bring the many faces of Funny Bob to a wider audience, and also to fill your home with Christmas cheer — or wonder, or dread, or whatever emotion Roberto Luongo is randomly expressing today. Chloe’s choices are impeccable.

When you laugh, be sure to laugh aloud. It opens up the pores.

10) In which Roberto Luongo finds all this Stanley Cup Final attention uncomfortable, and quietly retreats to his happy place, which, judging from his brief facial expression, is an Adam Sandler movie.

9) In which, in the midst of answering a question, Roberto Luongo has a sudden business idea, an idea so savvy idea it calls for a quick beard-stroke.

8) In which Roberto Luongo is really, really, really, really interested in the question.

7) In which teammates double dog dare Roberto Luongo to answer every question in a pregame interview with the word “brap”.

6) In which Roberto Luongo works really hard not to let on that he finds the interviewer’s question incredibly stupid, and fails.

5) In which — okay, I don’t even know.

4In which Roberto Luongo is super freaking creepy.

3) In which Luongo’s secret twin brother Luigi pretends to be Roberto after practice, and begins to worry that the media suspect he’s not who he says he is.

2) In which Roberto Luongo is just a beautiful man. Oh, what’s that? A lock of my long, raven hair has fallen precociously out of place and I look like a model? Let me get that.

1) In which Roberto Luongo is impressed with your knowledge of the subject at hand… and then decides he will be eating your brain.


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  1. Zach Morris
    December 22, 2011

    10) He looks like he’s about to wave at his secret crush
    9)”And Weber’s beard, it was like THIS”
    8)Cue Seinfeld music
    7)What’s your least favorite music? “Rap”
    5)”Tim Thomas, he’s always like ehhhhhh”
    4)”I like spaghetti too, Luongo!” “Really?! :)
    2)Haters gonna hate
    1)”Sorry, Roberto, I really think Schneider’s a better goalie.” “Ohh…>:(“

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    • Zach Morris
      December 22, 2011

      and for the very first one, the flailing one,

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 22, 2011

      Hahaha. More people need to do this.

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  2. Drinklots
    December 22, 2011

    You sure are catering to the tumblr puck-bunnies this season.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      December 22, 2011

      Two reasons:

      1. They are awesome.
      2. We love them.

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  3. Gabrielle
    December 22, 2011

    Anybody seen that one where his eyes go slowly wider and he looks really creepy? I seem to recall one like that… maybe I’m just losing it.

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  4. Gabrielle
    December 22, 2011

    Oh wait, nevermind, I think it’s this one.

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  5. The Bookie
    December 22, 2011

    He’s like the love child of Seinfeld’s Kramer and Community’s Abed.

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  6. Kate
    December 22, 2011

    This reminds me of when you always make certain faces when you talk in public, then one day catch a glimpse in a window or mirror and are horrified. .#10 is my favourite only because you know he’s doing his awkward little giggle ‘heh’

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  7. JS Topher
    December 22, 2011

    This guy is totally Sasha Baron Cohen

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  8. C.K.
    December 23, 2011

    I think he may have a mutation of the common Italian ability of conversationis gesturitis. Except instead of waving his arms wildly while talking, it all happens on his face. It is probably evolutionary to help keep his arms free to make those saves in net.

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