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Prepare for the prequel with “The Thing: The Musical”

Prepare for the prequel with “The Thing: The Musical” (photo)

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My Gymkommentary partner Chris Moreno first turned me on to the musical comedy stylings of Jon and Al Kaplan a few months ago. He figured I’d get a kick out of guys who write winking showtunes around the plots of schlocky 80s movies and then have dudes who sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone belt them out.

He was correct.

He showed me “If It Bleeds We Can Kill It” (a.k.a. “Predator: The Musical”), “Jenny and Me” (a.k.a. “Commando: The Musical”), and “Crom!” (a.k.a. “Conan: The Barbarian: The Musical”) and I dug them all. These guys have a good thing going. They’re my favorite singing Schwarzeneggers, for sure.

This week, cleverly timed to the impending release of the new prequel, Jon and Al have released “The Thing: The Musical.” It (sadly) does not feature a singing Schwarzenegger, but it does include a gentleman named Nick Amado doing a dead-on Frank Sinatra retelling the story of how extraterrestrial evil destroyed an Antarctic research station in the classic John Carpenter horror film from 1982. Take a look — but be aware that if you don’t know the story of “The Thing” or any of the big scares, you will after the musical number’s done shuffling off to Buffalo.

Great stuff as usual. Now I think they need to get Amado to do a song for “The Manchurian Candidate.” Maybe call it “A Little Game of Solitaire” and go for that Sondheim vibe.

“Are you curious about the new version of “The Thing?” Tell us in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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