Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar

Born April 9, 1968

Love Jay Chandrasekhar and all things Broken Lizard. Whether he is rolling with that crew, doing stand up, or producing movies on his own – Chandrasekhar always brings the funny.

Noteworthy

  • Super Troopers – director/actor – This was the first Broken Lizard movie that I watched. Also, the first movie that I saw Chandrasekhar act in. This is an annual watch for me.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard – director/actor – I know that a lot of critics did not like this movie but they are wrong. It is funny, it is inventive, and it is completely rewatchable.
  • Beerfest – director/actor – Same kind of style as Super Troopers and a lot of the same people make an appearance. I watch this movie for the last scene when they are chugging beer versus the Germans.
  • Psych – director – If you have ever listened to our podcast – Procrs10ation – then you know how much I love this show. I am going to have to go back and just watch the episodes that Chandrasekhar directed.
  • Community – director – Again, terrific show and I had no idea that Chandrasekhar directed some of the episodes. Gonna have to find them and stream them. Hulu here I come.
  • The Goldbergs – director – This is currently my favorite show on television. Knowing that Chandrasekhar had a hand in some of the episodes makes me happy.
  • Super Troopers 2 – director/actor – I am so thrilled to revisit this world. Many years later revisiting these characters is going to be perfect and I for one say: Take My Money.

Everybody wants to make more movies. You see any movie, and it’s just a feat of human strength and perseverance. It is a brutally challenging business.

-Jay Chandrasekhar

Nicholas Brendon

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Jon Hamm

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Emma Thompson

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Christian Finnegan

Christian Finnegan

Christian Finnegan

Born Aril 1, 1973

New York native Christian Finnegan is a brilliant stand up comedian. Ad to that his acting chops and his writing abilities and you have someone at home in front of the cameras or on a stage. A matter-of-fact delivery and satirical style are his calling cards all the while taking jabs at everything from politics to pop-culture.

Noteworthy

  • Chappelle’s Show – This was the first thing that I saw Finnegan in. He played the only white roommate on Chappelle’s take on The Real World.
  • Are We There Yet? – Finnegan plays the recurring role of Martin on this series that is a spin-off from the movie of the same name.
  • The Jim Gaffigan Show – Just to show that Finnegan truly is the man he has been on the Jim Gaffigan show. Just sayin’.

The thing is – I’m not an idiot. I’m rather intelligent, as proven by the fact that I just used the word ‘rather’ in a sentence.

-Christian Finnegan

Neck-Deep in a Long Box

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Kal Penn

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Robert Downey Jr

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Joanne Woodward

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Tiffani Thiessen

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Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Born March 30, 1957

Paul Reiser has helped to shape our popular culture through his comedy, his writing, his roles in movies or television. Whether you are enjoying Reiser trading quips with a talk show host or appearing on the large or small screen, Reiser’s own views and way of telling a story shine through.

Noteworthy

  • Aliens – Reiser was Burke in Aliens. While this is not my favorite part of the Aliens franchise I did dig Paul Reiser in this role.
  • My Two Dads – This is the first thing that I ever saw Paul Reiser in. I loved this show. It was a typical 80s sitcom. It had some very funny parts and tried to wing a little drama at you from time to time.
  • Mad About You – Potentially this is Resier most famous role. He was Paul Buchman for the full 162 episodes opposite the always amazing Helen Hunt. Great 90s sitcom that again had a little drama to go along with the funny.
  • Stranger Things – This is one of the best things that Netflix has ever turned out. Resier is Dr Sam Owens on the show. If you have not reached this point in Resier career… stop reading this and go watch Stranger Things.

And after you’ve done the acting, there’s a lot of places you can put your input – in the editing, in the production of it, in the rewriting of it and so on.

-Paul Reiser

Johnny Knoxville

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James Van Der Beek

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The Way I Heard It Podcast with Mike Rowe

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Matthew Modine

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Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Born March 28, 1970

Vince Vaughn is fantastic. I love him in every role that I see him in. And, as you may have heard one more than one of our podcasts – I want him to be in every movie. And if he can’t have a speaking role just have him walk through the scene and wave at the camera. We need more Vince Vaughn. Vaughn delivers fast-paced dialogue better than anyone else. I am going to try and include some of the snippets from the movies below just for reference. I bet you can hear him speaking the lines.

Noteworthy

  • Swingers – This was the first major motion picture that I remember seeing Vaughn in. I can sum this movie up with one line: Baby, that was money! Tell me that wasn’t money.
  • Clay Pigeons – Vaughn as Lester the Molester: Some people just need-NEED-killing.
  • Psycho – No dialogue from this one. This movie a few others are proof of just how talented an actor Vaughn is. It takes someone special to step into Anthony Perkins shoes.
  • Dodgeball – The stripper was meant to be congratulatory.
  • Anchorman – What, you guys can’t say one thing? Even the guy that can’t think said something. You guys just stand there? Come on.
  • Wedding Crashers – Yeah, it could have been the soft mattress. Or the midnight rape. Or the nude gay art show that took place in my room. One of those probably added to the lack of sleep.

My father came from nothing, so he believed that people could do anything if they worked hard enough. I think he liked that I chose to be an actor. Both he and my mom were totally supportive.

-Vince Vaughn

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Sherilyn Fenn

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Welcome to Nuka World

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James Van Der Beek

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Why I will Not Be Seeking a Refund for No Mans Sky

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Martin Short

Martin Short

Martin Short

Born March 26, 1950

I LOVE Martin Short.

Noteworthy

  • Three Amigos – One of my all-time favorite comedies. Short plays Ned, one of the Amigos. His physicality, wit, and delivery are all top notch in this movie. Comedy perfection.
  • Innerspace – Fantastic Voyage meets the late 80s. Martin SHort and Dennis Quiad don’t even share the same scenes that often but they have such a fun chemistry in this movie. I am looking forward to re-visiting this one.
  • Jiminy Glick – Almost horrible and almost un-loveable, Glick has the interviewing bed-side-manner of a hammer wrapped in black licorice. That being said he is a train wreck that is hard to turn away from.
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend – This is a wonderful snapshot of Martin Short’s life. I listened to the audio version of this, which he read, if you are a fan of audio books – get this one.

I think I’m funny because my family, my siblings were funny.

-Martin Short

Geena Davis

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Just Cause 3

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Jordan Peele

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