Busy Philipps

Look at that expressive face, and she's not even showing her trademark ear-to-ear grin in this one!

Look at that expressive face, and she’s not even showing her trademark ear-to-ear grin in this one!

Welcome to 2013, folks! Here’s to another year filled with cheer and funny names!

Kicking things off is a delightful young actress most notable for her roles in Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek, but who came to my attention through her work on the surprisingly awesome show Cougar Town – Ms. Busy Philipps.

Now, if you didn’t peg me as someone who would watch a show called Cougar Town, you wouldn’t be entirely off base. But if you trace the facts, it seems inevitable.  Follow this logical progression:

  • My love of the show Community is well-documented.Very well documented.
  • The Community character Abed has a well-known tongue-in-cheek fascination with Cougar Town, for some reason.
  • I like researching things. A lot.
  • I found out Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox.
  • Courteney Cox earned my undying appreciation for her work on one of the greatest television shows ever – Friends.
  • I put Cougar Town in my queue.
  • I spent the last 2-3 weeks recovering from surgery and watching a lot of TV shows (and Turquoise Jeep music videos).
  • Therefore, I watched a lot of Cougar Town, and it is a truly enjoyable program.

In addition to a surprisingly diverse and interesting set of comedic scenarios and an impressive cast that also includes several notable cameos by actresses such as Lisa Kudrow and Beverly D’Angelo, it introduced me to the astoundingly-expressive smiling face of Courteney Cox’s younger cohort and fictional real estate partner.

Busy being Busy -  always smiling!

Busy being Busy – always smiling!

But it turns out Busy is actually quite busy indeed. At just 33, she has 10 film credits and has appeared on 27 television shows, including multi-season stints on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, ER, Love Inc. and most recently, Cougar Town, in which she has been one of the main actresses for 60 episodes and counting.

She’s also kind of hardcore, auditioning for a spot on Glee just one week after giving birth to her daughter, Birdie Leigh Silverstein, with husband Marc Silverstein. It’s not quite Ever Gabo Jovovich-Anderson, but a Birdie in the hand is better than a plain Jane name in the bush. And on December 10th, Busy announced via Twitter (which seems awfully appropriate for a mother of “Birdie”) that she is expecting another child in 2013. So not only will Busy have a busy 2013, but if her infectious awesome naming quality holds, we’ll be busy covering awesome baby names in 2013 as well.

Happy new year, everyone!




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Based out of San Diego, California. Co-founder of the Blog of Funny Names. funnynamesblog.wordpress.com
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9 Responses to Busy Philipps

  1. Liz says:

    Checked out your Turquoise Jeep video–shades of MC Hammer! Glad if you’re recovery is (mostly?) behind you. But who would name their daughter Busy? And why?

    • Dave says:

      They totally are! A pretty delightful musical collective – some random fake-mustache wearing guy named “Flynt Flossy” has assembled a pretty fantastic group of musicians to sing ironically self-aware hip hop & r&b songs that could pass off for the real thing if you didn’t read too far into the lyrics. Oh, and those amazing dance moves… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxi73RQlLB8 Flynt is genuinely talented! Arguably the greatest moon walk I’ve ever seen at 1:40 of that video. I’ll miss the amount of time I got to watch their videos when I return back to the real world with my 9am lab class today!

      Unfortunately, Busy was born as an Elizabeth, but quickly made the right decision and decided to go by “Busy” as soon as she started her acting career in her mid-teens. Gotta respect that kind of inspiration! 🙂

      Naming her daughter Birdie was a great touch!

  2. amb says:

    Dave!! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to stalk you and the boys (a little) less in 2013 – and then you kick things off by mentioning Community! *swoon* Stop that!

    • Dave says:

      Amb, we love you, but that has to be the stupidest resolution I’ve ever heard. I vow to mention Community in every post until you take it back! 🙂

  3. I love Cougar Town. Great choice in light of its TBS premiere this week.

  4. Glad you are back and doing well. Watching endless TV while recovering is always challenging for me. I suddenly have the urge to sue someone for something and enroll in truck driving school.
    Busy Phillips wears her funny name well!

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