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8 Musical Comedies That You Seriously Need to Watch

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Skylar Astin is getting ready to reprise his role of Treblemaker Jesse in Pitch Perfect 2. But before he does that, he’s going to bring his aca-amazing skills to Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight at 11p. We’ve already previewed how he’ll — wait for it — reveal his actual age, but will his angelic pipes appear, too?

Astin in Pitch Perfect is one gear in a long line of musical movies that have debuted on the big screen. There have been a lot of disasters going the other way around — we still can’t really talk about Legally Blonde, The Musical or any of that Shrek mumbo jumbo — but when it comes to the musical stylings of cinema, these take the cake.

8. Pitch Perfect

Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and the rest of the Bellas have created a revolution. Well, Glee technically did, and they’re just piggy backing off of its success. Enough people still watched Pitch Perfect and dug its aca-awesome a cappella skills that a sequel has already been filmed and is coming this May.


7. Hairspray

High School Musical may have been an enjoyable disaster, convincing Modern Family‘s Phil Dunphy to learn all the dance moves to impress his kids, but Zac Efron redeemed himself with Hairspray. A big screen version of the hit musical that in turn was based on a cult John Waters movie from the ’80s, Hairspray starred the then teen heartthrob as the lead male role, Link Larkin, while newcomer Nikki Blonsky became our new Tracy. Between them and John Travolta doing drag as Mrs. Turnblad, the film brought on a ton of laughs.


6. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Do you know the truth about Kyle’s mom? How about where The Devil wants to be, or who we should blame when everything goes awry? The South Park movie musical has the answers. Before Trey Parker and Matt Stone wowed us with their musical composition chops in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, they brought their signature brand of NSFW to the screen.


5. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

The jury is still out on whether or not Tenacious D is the greatest band of all time (they are), but their movie is one of the funniest. In their search for the ultimate guitar pick, Jables (Jack Black) and KG (Kyle Gass) encounter fraternity life, Big Foot and the Devil himself.


4. Reefer Madness

Before she was singing about building snowmen, before she was investigating crime, Kristen Bell was a good girl who became corrupted by the ganja. This musical version of the classic anti-marijuana propaganda film is campy to the point where you need to get stoned off your ass in order to appreciate the musical about getting stoned off your ass.


3. Blues Brothers

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are on a mission from God, to save the orphanage where they grew up. The Blues Brothers one of the best musicals, nay, best movies of all time, featuring the musical stylings of Aretha Franklin, Cab Colloway, Ray Charles and, duh, the Blues Brothers Band.


2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s the movie musical that inspired a generation. It’s the historic pop culture event that made it cool for Tim Curry to become the best damn transvestite in the world. It’s “fabulously freaky.” Even with¬†Fox remaking it as a two-hour televised musical event, nothing will ever compare to the hysterics of the original.


1. Little Shop of Horrors

Frank “Miss Piggy” Oz directed this hilariously twisted musical version of the classic Roger Corman B-movie of the same name. The cast is a who’s who of comedy greats (Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest) though the comedic cake is definitely taken by Steve Martin’s lively turn as one seriously demented dental hygienist.


Watch a clip of Skylar Astin on Comedy Bang! Bang! below and tune in tonight at 11p:

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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