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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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