A cappella and Hollywood


When someone thinks about a cappella and Hollywood productions, many may think of “Pitch Perfect.” “Pitch Perfect” is a film all about a cappella groups, but a cappella hit Hollywood long before the the 2012 movie release.  Here are some examples.

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“Gilmore Girls”

When Rory Gilmore attends Yale University, her grandfather, Richard Gilmore, reminicces about his time at Yale. Richard Gilmore was a Yale Whiffenpoof.  The Whiffenpoofs is an all-male a cappella group at Yale and is the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the United States. Certain episodes include Richard Gilmore performing with his former a cappella group.


At a Christmas Party for the show “Scrubs,” Sam Lloyd, who plays Ted Buckland, performed with his a cappella group, The Blanks. After seeing the Christmas party performance, the producers decided to include The Blanks on the TV show.


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THE OFFICE — “The Incentive” Episode 801 — Pictured: Ed Helms as Andy Bernard — Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC

“The Office” 

Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) frequently talks about his time with his old college a cappella group, Here Comes the Treble. The group even comes to sing at the office Halloween party.

“The Sing Off” 

“The Sing Off” came to NBC in 2009. A cappella groups compete against each other to win a recording contract. Both BYU Noteworthy and BYU Vocal Point have competed on the show.

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In addition to television shows, many actors participated in college a cappella groups. Zimbio compiled a list of these actors.

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