Jayanth Jambulingam "Jay" Chandrasekhar is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and for directing and starring in Broken Lizard films Super Troopers, Club Dread, and Beerfest. He has also developed a reputation as one of the industry’s go-to comedy filmmakers.
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Hi. My name is Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers and Beerfest), and I'm here at AMA today with Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), who co-stars with me in the new AMAZON Instant Video pilot, "REALLY." REALLY is a show about four hard charging suburban Chicago couples who are trying to hang onto their dwindling youth. It's an adult comedy that, while sophisticated, is also quite dirty. Yes, yes, there's nudity, swearing and some heavy drinking. The show is meant to be funny, occasionally dramatic, but mostly, very, very honest.
You should watch it for free here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR9YNF0/ref=tsm_1_tw_s_astu_nazdjs
I will be joined by /u/Sarah_Chalke today. Victoria from reddit's helping us get started. Ask us anything!
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EDIT: Hey, Reddit. Sarah and I had a ball. Thanks for coming today and please go watch REALLY on Amazon Instant Video. It's free. And give us 5 stars!
Jay - Is Super Troopers 2 actually going to happen?
Super Troopers 2 is looking very likely. We'll have an update in a couple of months.
whats up, jay? You handsome mothafucka!
Oh goddamned right, son!
Other than Super Troopers 2 are there any other upcoming Broken Lizard projects?
Also, I'd like a Liter of Cola.
There was a Burger King in Hamilton, NY where Colgate is that had three sizes, Small, Medium and Liter. I would go in there and order a large. And they'd say, "We don't have large, we have liters." So they'd make us order liters of cola, which I found to be just anti-American. Sorry, Sarah, but it's true. Super Troopers 2 is next. Probably Potfest after.
Did you actually drink the maple syrup?
We did. And I'll never do that again. Two hours later things came out of me that were quite shocking. Like a whole leaf and a fossilized sparrow. Yipes.
Jay, what can you say about the new Blue Mountain State movie you're directing?
They're raising money, trying to figure out the deals and all that. They're quite confident it'll all get worked out. It will be wild, it will be fun.
How do you pronounce your surname, Jay?
CHAN- DRAH- SAY- CAR
Anytime I feel like shit I can watch that opening scene in Super Troopers and smile. Thanks for that, and if you remember, who came up with the line "please, no!" when you guys are going to make the stoner kids smoke the whole bag? Gets me every time.
I can't remember who came up with that. Maybe Erik Stolhanske. That sounds like him.
Jay - Did you learn any Bluth family secrets directing "Arrested Development"?
Hmm, one. The idea of the show was that there was a camera crew following this family. In one episode , we add a judge address the camera man, "Hey, no cameras in the courtroom." Mitch thought it went a step too far and we cut it. But there was some cool acknowledging of the camera there. There was another one where Tobais is taking off his shorts and he looks at a "Spying" camera and closes a door. Cool show. So funny.
If you could get one person to guest star on "Really" who would it be?
Jay, what was it like working with the Jackass crew?
Wow. It was a stoke of luck for me. Knoxville and Spike Jonez are true performance artists. Which sounds high fallutin, but what I mean is that they put a lot of preparation into each gag. I drove the car on the route 5 times to make sure I didn't get lost. I shaved my pubes to add to the beard. Very specific, hilarious stuff.
Jay I loved the Slammin Salmon, and really appreciated the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the movie. You have any funny stories you want to share about your time on set (about MCD or in general)?
MCD was a badass. He used to play a game of intimidation, where he'd lean into you and say, "If I were to attack you, could you defend yourself?" When the answer was, "No," he'd look dead serious, "That's what I thought." Later, he would laugh.
Are you friends with Quentin tarantino? Also, who's your favorite director dead or alive?
I am friend with Quentin. He's a big Broken Lizard fan. Great guy and knows more about film than anyone I know. Supposedly there's a Beerfest reference in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. The SS officer who wears all black in the downstairs bar is holding a beer boot. Quentin called me and had me send the print of BEERFEST to him in Berlin so he could show the cast and crew. Great guy.
Just graduated and I spent far too much time watching beerfest the last 5 years of university, the menu screen was actually burned into the TV background the last year or two. I remember reading a while ago you guys might be working on potfest again, any word on that?
We wrote 30 pages, but we get too high and stop. We need to stop smoking pot so we can write pot fest. Yes.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that it was a bottle of syrup in my holster.
A bit racist. Wait, what were you again? Sumo wrestler or the premier of Japan?
So how much exactly for the ZJ/mustache ride combo?
Wow, I've got a team of accountants over here trying to value it and they've just sent out for bigger calculators, so...
What do you think would be the difference if Jay was in Scrubs and Sarah was in Super Troopers? What role would you each have played?
I suppose I would have played Dr. Elliot Reade, though I would have worn my skirts a little shorter. No insult intended, Sarah, but the skirts were a touch long…for my taste (if I were wearing them.)
Clearly, Becky's # 2 and #4. Sarah, you were 2 and 4, right?
First off: Thank you!
Secondly: of all the characters you've portrayed, who is your favourite?
Lastly: Will there ever be a sequel to Beerfest?
First off, you're welcome. Second, Thorny was my favorite. The character I play in our AMAZON pilot, REALLY is also quite fun.
Have you ever pooped your pants?
I have. Yes sir. Un-huh. You bet.
Jay - what's the weirdest way your last name has ever been spelled/said?
My nick name in college was Chaka-cocksucker.
Raising money... I thought that's what the Kickstarter that was fully funded + their stretch goal was for? You guys haven't started filming yet?
We are negotiating with an investor and we're also going to do a Kickstarter. We haven't started filming, no. We've written 16 drafts, though and are ready.
Hold on. I made a mistake. Blue Mountain State did a Kickstarter and they're raising additional funds. Super Troopers 2 is going to do a Kickstarter and that's the confusion.
Watched Really with my husband last night and we laughed throughout the show- and cringed at how drunk he got- we've all got a friend we've seen like that. What was it like when you found out you two would be working together on this?
I couldn't believe Sarah Chalke would actually work with me, let alone play someone married to me. She's a phenomenally funny, pro and she makes everything on screen better. I'm lucky. And thanks for watching.
What's on your Netflix queue?
"The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." It's about Kurt Russell's father, who started the only independent minor league baseball team back in the 70's. Kurt Russell was on the team and he's in the doc. It's a true story about a real band of misfits.
is the story of you guys creating beerfest in australia when promoting super troopers true?
That story is 100% true. We were at a Beer garden in Australia (wearing our police uniforms) and we went on stage and challenged the top five drinkers in the room to a chug off. The place exploded. We were winning, but then Paul Soter started drinking and we quickly lost. Then we had arm wrestling contests. Then Steve Lemme insulted national treasure, Russell Crow and we had to be escorted out by security. We thought that would be a fun movie. The drinking beer part.
hey jay, I saw you smoke on Getting Doug; Have you ever taken a dab?
and what is the highest you've ever been?
What's a dab? And the highest I've been was on Willie Nelson's bus (the first time). Dear god, that was years ago, and I'm still high.
jay buddy are you indian.....or sri lankan??
Indian. American Indian. As in from India, but born in America. Go Redskins!
Hey Jay. Are the rumors about Potfest just rumors or will we see more Willie?
If there's a pottiest, you'll see a lot more Willie. I'd put him in anything. He loves being in movies. We're good pals.
I'm a bit confused about Amazon's video service. Is "Really"'s fate also in the hands of the viewers similar to Zombieland Amazon series or is it not?
It's in the fate of viewers like you. Watch it and rate it well and we'll have a chance to crack many thousands more jokes.