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Buddy Austin
Portrayed by: Jack Black
First appearance: "Investigative Journalism"
Date of birth: Unknown
Major: Event Planning
Occupation: Unknown


Spanish studyin' is better when you're Buddy-in a-a-a-round Y-E-E-A-A-H!
— Buddy, "Investigative Journalism".

Buddy portrayed by Jack Black.
Buddy is a student at Greendale who was a classmate of the study group during their first year attending the school. He attempted to join the group but made a horrible first impression. He listed being a "chubby agile guy" and also his tasty lemon squares as assets he could bring to the group. Although the group eventually accepted him, Buddy had a last minute change of heart. His first and only appearance was in the Season One episode "Investigative Journalism". He is portrayed by actor/comedian Jack Black.

Character history[]

In the study group's first year at school together, they were startled after returning from Winter break and found another student had snuck into their first meeting back. He introduced himself as Buddy a classmate of theirs from last year's Spanish 101. No one recognized him except for Abed, and Buddy explained he had a tendency to blend into the background. To prove he was there, Buddy mentioned a few events from the study group's recent history that he personally witnessed. These included Jeff and Pierce doing their Spanish presentation and receiving an "F" from Chang, Britta admitting she cheated on an exam, and a bubble bath fight between Britta and Annie which he quickly admitted he probably daydreamed.

IJ Buddy's delusion
Buddy's daydream.
The group becomes uncomfortable with his presence, and Buddy's efforts to diffuse the awkwardness made it worse. Annie tried to get him to leave by insisting that the meeting was an informal get together just for the group to catch up with each other. Buddy didn't get the hint and stated he was already familiar with the group and would like to join them. Jeff was nonchalant about the situation, having resolved earlier to act more laid back for the semester. As Buddy attempted to pal around with everyone else, the Study Group was uneasy with the prospect of him joining the group. They became even more apprehensive when Buddy called out to them after Spanish class was over and told them he would join them later for the next study session.

S01E13-Buddy leaves class
See you in study group!
At the meeting, Buddy thanked the group for giving him this opportunity. Britta began going over some notes when Buddy interrupted her with a lame joke. Annie tried to refocus on their studies when Buddy broke into an offensive song about her derrière. Jeff diffused the awkwardness by praising Buddy's singing but in sotto voce warned him about how inappropriate he was being. Buddy nervously apologized and insisted he should be allowed to stay since every group needs a "chubby agile guy". He compared himself to the main character in the movie "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and attempted to demonstrate his abilities. Unfortunately he ended up kicking Jeff in the nose with his foot. Buddy apologized profusely and when he left to get paper towels began loudly berating himself outside of the study room for what just happened.

S01E13-Buddy kicks Jeff
No it's fine...just a little nose bleed.
The following day, Buddy showed up again for another study session. He brought a plate of lemon squares along with his guitar, which he used to sing an apology song to the group. He was unaware that the group had already secretly voted on his membership and decided against it. Jeff and Annie were late to the meeting, and caught the end of his song surprised that no one told him he was not welcome. Jeff was then forced to break the news to Buddy who started to cry. His sadness then turned to anger at having been rejected and he refused to leave. They did their best to ignore him as he kept interrupting their study session. Jeff finally lost his cool and physically removed Buddy from the study table. The study group nervously averted their eyes at the pitiful display Buddy was putting. As he and Jeff struggled, his pants came undone and his underwear was showing. He tearfully begged the study group to give him another chance as he was forcibly dragged out of the room by Jeff.

1X13 Jeff removes Buddy from the study room
What else can you do?
After some soul searching, a remorseful Jeff contacted Buddy and asked that he show up to the study room the next day. The group is shocked to see Buddy waiting for them until Jeff explains he had invited him back. Jeff realized that Buddy's only crime is believing the group is awesome and wanting to be a part of it. He goes on to say that he can't exclude Buddy from something he himself is lucky to be a part of. Touched by Jeff's words, everyone then welcomes their newest member Buddy with a group hug. However, Star-Burns suddenly appears alongside a guy and a girl with an invitation for Buddy to join their group instead. Buddy enthusiastically accepts the newcomers offer, shocking Jeff and the study group. He admitted to them that they were his back up plan in case he was not accepted into the other "cool" study group. The leader of the "cool" group told Buddy not to worry and to leave with them. Before Buddy left he waved goodbye to Jeff and the study group ("Investigative Journalism").

S01E13-Buddy in the cool group
It's like Christmas morning for the guy.


  • Jack Black co-starred in "Heat Vision and Jack", a 1999 sitcom pilot episode written and produced by Community creator Dan Harmon. Owen Wilson also costarred in the sitcom pilot episode. 

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