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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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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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…