Special Event

Jay Chandrasekhar

Fri, Aug 25, 2017
Sat, Aug 26, 2017
Special Event

Jay Chandrasekhar

with John Romanoff

Born in 1968 in Chicago, the Tamil-American writer/director Jay Chandrasekhar ignited his show-business career as the most active contributor to the five-member Broken Lizard sketch comedy team. Chandrasekhar -- a graduate of Lake Forest Academy -- attended Colgate University in the early '90s, where he met his contemporary Lizardians Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The troupe initially christened itself "Charred Goosebeak," but quickly went with the name "Broken Lizard" instead. Club dates and, eventually, two feature films ensued, the 1996 Puddle Cruiser and the 2001 Super Troopers; Chandrasekhar took the director's chair for each. Rife with sight gags, scatological puns, double entendres, and slapstick, the movies (which premiered at Sundance) suggested influences by such laff-fests as the Police Academy series and the "Kentucky Fried Theater" films. Fox Searchlight picked up Super Troopers and it made indie box-office gold; a 2004 follow-up, the less successful slapstick/horror hybrid Broken Lizard's Club Dread, followed. At this point, Hollywood acknowledged Chandrasekhar's talent, not only by inviting him as a guest director to helm episodes of such hit series as Arrested Development, Undeclared, and Cracking Up, but via an invitation to direct the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard update, co-starring Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Burt Reynolds, and, in supporting roles, additional members of the Broken Lizard team. The film revealed that Chandrasekhar had his hand on the audience's pulse -- unlike the director's prior motion pictures, it soared to number one across America (despite critical pans). Chandrasekhar then announced work on a fourth Broken Lizard vehicle, Beerfest, another wild comedy, about a couple of Americans who travel to Deutschland for the Oktoberfest. Chandrasekhar is married to the actress Susan Clarke; they have one child.

John Romanoff

Has opened the Reverend Bob Levy, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Otto & George, Patrice O'Neal, Jim Jefferies, and Nick Dapaolo. John was an alternate in the soap box derby in 1985. He has seen the film Stand by Me 47 times and won a Young Authors Award in 6th grade for writing a scary story. John was raised as a girl until he was 4. Romanoff can be heard as a regular guest on WRKI 95.1 Ethan and Lou Morning Show. He is a regular at Joker's Wild in New Haven, Treehouse Comedy Productions, Mohegan Sun Casino, Comedey Connection in Providence, and Comix at Foxwoods. Romanoff was named in the top three comedians in the region by Comix at Foxwoods. John was a Finalist in the 2011 “Funniest Comic in New Englanland” Proffesional Division at Mohehan Sun. He decided return to in 2012 and won it.

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