Obscure Movie Characters We Like: Dr. Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters 2


Well the last figures in this feature were a little dated because I chose the movie City Slickers which was in 1991.   Well now I’m going back a further 2 years to 1989 that brought us Ghostbusters II.  At least you guys may have seen this movie on Comedy Central (I hope).   The movie itself was nowhere near as good as the first one.

In fact, it was pretty bad.  However, if I had to pick a shining moment in this movie (other than Bill Murray) it would clearly be Peter MacNicol’s character of Janosz Poha, the estranged foreign art director who gets possessed by the evil Vigo.

What’s incredible about this character is that you don’t know his country of origin and he has a ridiculous accent.  In fact in my eyes he has by far the best line in the movie.  In a scene where Bill Murray is kind of taunting him, Janosz storms in the room and shouts “Why are you came?”  You have to see this to understand the comedy of this moment but trust me, it’s funny.   There’s also a scene where Murray asks him where he’s from and Janosz says “The Upper Vest Side?”

It’s just his whole way of being a person that gets me and I find it hilarious.  If anything rent Ghostbusters II to laugh at this character.  He’s truly awesome, and MacNicol does a great job with the accent (whatever it may be).

This video is incredible.

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  1. Janosz Poha is awesome. And Peter MacNicol will forever be Poha in my mind and heart – that oddly-accented, Vigo-worshipping bedbug.

    “Soon, the city will be mine and Vigo’s… mainly Vigo’s.”

  2. I actually think “Ghostbusters 2” is pretty entertaining. Yeah, the first one is one of my favorite movies and an all-time great, but the second is well done.

    I mean, having the Ghostbusters perform as birthday cheerleaders for a group of “ungrateful little yuppie larvae” was fun. In addition to Janosz’s quirky presence (brilliantly played by Peter Macnicol) we also have a hilarious courtroom scene with Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) acting as the incredibly incompetent defense attorney for the Ghostbusters.

    And, the concept of a painting holding an evil sprit was fairly creative, I thought.

  3. Ghostbusters II is a good movie, it just suffers in comparison to the first one, which is one of the best comedies of all time.

    Peter MacNicoll is always amazing, from Ally McBeal to GB to whatever else he appears in. But Janosz Poha is one of his all time great performances:

    “Why am I drippings with goo?”

    “The joyfulness is over!”

    “Why are you came?!”

    “Everything you are doing there is wrong. I want you to know this.”

    So much win!

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