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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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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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