Boyz II Men In 'Long Shot' & 10 Other Awesome Musician Cameos In Comedies

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Boyz II Men attend the 2018 Make A Wish Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 24, 2018 in Beverly Hills.

In the new romantic comedy Long Shot (May 3), the only thing more enjoyable than the chemistry between Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron is an unforgettable cameo from none other than Boyz II Men.

The '90s R&B icons make an appearance as themselves, performing at a ritzy private party much to the delight of the movie’s main characters. (Theron also giddily got down to the smooth sounds of Boyz II Men during the Long Shot screening at this year’s SXSW.)

Boyz II Men performing their classic “Motownphilly” on the big screen is bound to be a hit with anyone who grew up on their music. Of course, they’re not the first musical acts to play themselves— and perform as themselves—to the delight of fans. In honor of Long Shot’s big moment, here are ten other awesome fake concerts from real artists in comedies.

Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

We’re still not worthy: rock god Alice Cooper’s headbanging performance of “Feed My Frankenstein” in 1992’s Wayne’s World is only narrowly trumped by his riotous backstage history lesson. In fact, the scene is so ingrained in comedy history, Cooper told us in celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary: “Airports is when everybody does ‘We’re not worthy!’ I always try to let them think it’s the first time anybody’s ever done that. And they’re so clever. After about the fourth time a day I put my hand out like, ‘Kiss my ring,’ like I do in the movie, and they all love to do that.”

Wilson Phillips in Bridesmaids

In the ultimate competing bridesmaid move, Rose Byrne’s character Helen got the bride’s (Maya Rudolph) favorite group, Wilson Phillips, to perform their Billboard Hot 100-topper “Hold On” during the nuptials. The crowd-pleasing scene in the 2011 comedy made everyone nostalgic for the trio, who brought one of the all-time great girl group songs to the silver screen.

Rush in I Love You, Man

Mutual dude love of Rush is a major plot point in the Jason Segel-Paul Rudd bromance comedy, so it only made sense for the Canadian rock band to make an appearance in the 2009 film. Even if you’re not as into Rush as these guys were, it was pretty hard not to slappa da bass along with their joyous performance of “Limelight.”  

Green Day in The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons theme got the rock n’ roll treatment it so richly deserved in their 2007 movie, courtesy Green Day. (The trio joined acts like U2, Phish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more to go down in Simpsons musical performance history.)

Primus in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

There was nothing remotely bogus about Primus making a cameo in the truly excellent 1991 sequel, performing their song “Tommy the Cat” during an otherworldly battle of the bands. Whoooooa.

David Byrne in This Must Be the Place

The 2012 rock dramedy was named after the Talking Heads’ song of the same-ish name (ahem, “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”) and the film’s original music was composed by frontman David Byrne, so it would have been a major letdown if he (and the song) hadn’t made an appearance. Lucky for us, Byrne and the titular song saved the day.

Snoop Dogg in Old School

Who else could inspire Will Ferrell to go streaking better than Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop-a-Loop? The rapper’s party-ready performance of “Money” in the 2003 comedy never sounded so good...courtesy of Speaker City. (There’s also a pretty great performance from The Dan Band in that flick, too.)

Christina Aguilera in Life of the Party

Snoop isn’t the only one who can take a college party to the next level. Christina Aguilera made an appearance in this 2018 Melissa McCarthy comedy and brought her powerful pipes and her girl power anthem “Fighter” with her.

The Backstreet Boys in This Is the End

Heaven is an unexpected performance of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys, and that was perfectly captured in this star-studded 2013 apocalyptic comedy.

Morris Day & the Time in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

See, this is why you always stay for the end credits. After all, where else could you see legends like Morris Day & the Time perform their funky favorite “Jungle Love” to the likes of Kevin Smith and Shannon Elizabeth than in a 2001 comedy?


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