Many may know Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan and their work with college cult comedy movies such as Super Troopers, Club Dread, Beerfest and their current movie The Babymakers. If you are even more of a diehard fan, you may know their work in the comedy group, Broken Lizard with their buddies Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. And if you aren’t familiar with any of the above, then you might recognize Jay’s work behind the camera, in addition to a star AND directing The Babymakers, he directed episodes of TV shows with a specific brand of humor such as Arrested Development, Community, Psych, Happy Endings, and Up All Night. As for Kevin you may have seen him in movies such as Dukes of Hazzard and Strange Wilderness as well as episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and VEEP — or as the creator of “The Naked Man” in “The Naked Man” episode of How I Met Your Mother.
…and if you don’t know them, you should after that very long-winded introduction.
Nonetheless, I had the opportunity to not only interview them for the movie, but have dinner with them and conduct a post screening Q&A with the duo. Because of all the time we were going to spend together, I immediately knew that we were going to be the best of friends when the day was over.
When I sat down with them for a one-on-two interview, it was, in true first date form, a bit nerve racking. I am already really awkward and socially retarded when it comes to breaking the ice in interviews, so you could just imagine how I felt with the guy who invented “The Naked Man” and a director who has directed episodes of two of my favorite TV shows of all time (that would be Arrested Development and Community — which I later learned he would be directing more of in season four!) Nonetheless, the two sat down with me as they ate their lunch and as food should, it brought us closer together. We talked about the inner-workings of the best damn sperm heist movie of 2012, San Francisco Giants, their comedy beginnings, and of course, Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad.
After that interview, I immediately knew that we had a life-long connection…or a connection that would last the duration of their stay in San Francisco.
Later that evening we had a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant and were subject to a negligent and pushy waitress that sounded like she was doing an impression of Kristin Chenoweth, but right after swallowing a box of razor blades and washing it down with a tank full of helium, which provided great and stimulating dinner conversation. After dinner, we went on to the Q&A with an audience full of Broken Lizard disciples. I simply moderated as Jay and Kevin captivated the audience with their talk about the logistics of making a sperm heist movie, fart wars on the set of Babymakers, chugging bottles of maple syrup on the set of Super Troopers — and a sequel to the movie, the outline for Potfest that has been collecting dust, making an Academy Award winning writer (Faxon) do a full frontal scene, shooting ball-trauma scenes with Paul Schneider, directing horse porn, and other things that only Broken Lizard disciples would understand.
It was magical. Simply magical.
The Babymakers opens in select theaters and on VOD today.