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15 Surprising Facts About House Party

HOUSE PARTY, Christopher ‘Play’ Martin, Martin Lawrence, 1990, (c)New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett C

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Be the life of your viewing party by sharing these 15 behind-the-scenes tidbits about House Party.

1. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff were supposed to star.

The roles that went to Kid ‘n Play were originally meant for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince himself, but they declined. Ironically, Kid ‘n Play turned down the opportunity to star in the NBC sitcom that eventually became The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith.


2. Kid ‘n Play were originally back-up dancers for Salt-N-Pepa.

When director Reginald Hudlin needed actors for his movie, he got in touch with Salt-N-Pepa’s producer, Hurby Azor, who also served as Kid ‘n Play’s manager, and asked if he knew of any talent.


3. Kid ‘n Play were 26 and 28-years-old, respectively, at the time of filming.

While they played teenagers, they were nearly a decade out of high school.


4. It was originally a short film.

Director Reginald Hudlin expanded House Party into a feature film from a 20-minute short of the same name that he completed for his senior thesis project at Harvard University in 1983.


5. Hudlin would go on to receive an Oscar nomination.

Following House Party, Hudlin enjoyed a storied career in show business. He served as the president of the BET network and received a Best Picture nomination for working as a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained.


6. House Party was so popular, Kid ‘n Play were given their own Saturday morning cartoon.

Kid ‘n Play ran for one season on NBC from 1990 to 1991.


7. To date, there have been five installments in the House Party series.

But Kid ‘n Play only went on to star in House Party 2 and House Party 3.


8. House Party was comedian Martin Lawrence’s second feature film appearance.

He made his debut in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. While Lawrence is undoubtedly hilarious, he also had an “in” that most likely helped him land the role—he is Christopher “Play” Martin’s cousin.

9. House Party is the last film Robin Harris (who plays Pops) worked on before his death.

He passed away nine days after the film opened. Harris previously appeared in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing with Martin Lawrence, and his last onscreen appearance was in Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues (which was completed before House Party).


10. It includes a cameo from legendary funk musician George Clinton.

He’s the DJ at the lawn party that Kid stumbles upon.


11. Hudlin and his brother Warrington also make cameos in the movie.

They are the two burglars a dog chases down an alleyway.


12. The foot dance that Kid ‘n Play do during the dance sequence (choreographed by the duo themselves) is called “The Funky Charleston.”

A.J. Johnson, the actress who plays Sharane, choreographed the girls’ dance moves in this sequence.


13. You can visit House Party’s titular house on your next trip to L.A.

It’s located at 2895 West 15th Street.


14. The production manager in the final credits is listed as “Ozus Munny.”

This is allegedly because the actual production manager left the movie before it wrapped, therein causing the film’s budget to take a hit. Thus, he “owes us money.”


15. There’s a bonus scene embedded in the credits.

If you wait until after the initial credits roll, there is a mid-credits sequence that shows the roof that flew off in the film’s opening sequence falling on the police officers who antagonize the characters throughout the movie.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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