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David Cross: Five things to know about him

NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Comedian David Cross visits the Apple Store Soho on April 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Cross
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David Cross, April 7, 2010, in New York.
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(CBS) The news that David Cross and Amber Tamblyn are engaged is all over the Interwebs. The other story we keep seeing is people asking who David Cross is.

Because we don't like to see pop culture fans without proper pop culture tools at their disposal, here are five things Cross has done. Consider consuming all this stuff immediately.

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  • He was Tobias Funke on "Arrested Development," one of the great underappreciated television shows. Cross' character is possibly the goofiest on a show of goofballs, a "never nude" who wears jean shorts in the shower, a man who may or may not be gay despite his long marriage to Lindsay, played by Portia de Rossi. The excellent ensemble cast includes Jason Batemen, Will Arnett and Jessica Walter.
  • Cross and Bob Odenkirk created and starred in "Mr. Show," a sketch comedy show that ran on HBO from 1995-1998. Each episode usually had a throughline or running gag. One of the funniest involves a U.S. senator who gets creative control of the show through censorship legislation.
  • "Alvin and the Chipmunks" is a bad movie, no doubt. What makes it bearable is Cross as the evil (in a PG sort of way) record executive who makes Alvin, Simon and Theodore drink a bunch of caffeine so they can perform endlessly with boundless energy.
  • On his 2004 album, "It's Not Funny," there's a hidden track in which Cross tells the story about when he appeared with Creed vocalist Scott Stapp on a celebrity poker show. Cross has called Creed the "third worst band in history" and Stapp's lyrics akin to poetry one hears outside a 10th grade girls' locker room.
  • "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," the show in Cross co-created with Shaun Pye, returns to IFC in January 2012 (bonus: Jon Hamm will appear!). The series, in which Cross plays a dumb American in England trying - and failing - to sell a bad energy drink, was hit or miss, but the hits were big. Where else can see you a TV series in which the first episode ends with the main character passing out and urinating in his pants?