From his earlier days in Mallrats, (he was one of the brighter spots in that film), he stood out. As Banky in Chasing Amy, he was truly stellar as the homophobic comic book writer. He was funny beyond measure. He was wickedly evil as Azrael in Dogma. Deliciously smarmy in Jersey Girl. With each role he has gotten better and better. That's why I was so surprised last year when I heard he was starring in a TV series. Boy, I'm glad he chose to do this series.
Not only is My Name is Earl funny, it has a unique humanity. I don't think a lesser actor would be able to pull it off.