Jay Chandrasekhar

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Jay Chandrasekhar
Born Jayanth Jambulingam Chandrasekhar
(1968-04-09) April 9, 1968 (age 46)
Ethnicity Indian[1]
Citizenship American
Alma mater Colgate University
Occupation Actor
Comedian
Writer
Director
Years active 1996–present
Known for Super Troopers
Spouse(s) Susan Clarke (2005-present)
Relatives Sendhil Ramamurthy (cousin)
Website
jay-chandrasekhar.com

Jayanth Jambulingam "Jay" Chandrasekhar (born April 9, 1968) 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.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Chandrasekhar was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, the son of physician father, Arcot Jamulingam "AJ" Chandrasekhar,[3] and physician mother, Hema Chandrasekhar,[4][5] who are both of Hindu Indian origin and are originally from southern India, specifically Chennai in the Tamil Nadu region.[6] The hospital where he was born, old Cook County Hospital, was where his parents worked.[5] Chandrasekhar has an older sister as well as a younger sister named Sandy Chandrasekhar, who is a lawyer.[7]

Chandrasekhar lived in Oak Park, Illinois until his family moved to Hinsdale. He graduated from the boarding school high school Lake Forest Academy.[5] He graduated from Colgate University with a major in European history and a minor in philosophy.[5] During college he spent a semester at Chicago's Loyola University.[5]

Career[edit]

Broken Lizard comedy troupe[edit]

Chandrasekhar formed the troupe Broken Lizard with other former members of the comedy troupe, Charred Goosebeak, and Beta Theta Pi, people he met during college at Colgate University.[2] Chandrasekhar said he found his path to comedy after acting in high school and college, that he "went downtown in Chicago and I went up on a stand-up stage and did an open mic. It went well, so I’m like, ‘alright, I’ll give it another try.’ I had been sort of taking some classes in Chicago in a group. So I went back to Colgate and started a sketch group. And that group was called Charred Goose Beak and eventually that group moved to New York and we became Broken Lizard. We always wanted to be Monty Python."[2]

Chandrasekhar began making shorts featuring the troupe, then made the self-funded movie Puddle Cruiser in 1996.[8] The film made it into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.[9] Then in 2001, they made Super Troopers as an independent movie, which Harvey Weinstein helped to develop at Miramax Films, but did not end up distributing.[10]

Directing[edit]

In 2005, Chandrasekhar directed The Dukes of Hazzard.[11]

Chandrasekhar has become an established television comedy director, directing episodes of Undeclared, Happy Endings, Community, Psych and Arrested Development.[2] On approaching TV shows that have established visual and thematic styles, Chandrasekhar says that "you’re really there to make sure all the moments play well together and make sure the tone is stable and then you just sort of write little jokes here and there. It helps to be a fan of the show and know what your favorite version of the show is and then try to put that up there."[2] But he says that it can make a difference how much impact you have on the look and feel of the show depending on how early in the run of the show you are, ideally within the first six episodes.[2]

In 2012, Chandrasekhar made the movie, The Babymakers.[12]

Chandrasekhar directed several episodes of Blue Mountain State. On May 12, 2014 it was announced he would be directing the series' feature film as part of a Kickstarter campaign.[13]

Amazon released a pilot in the 2014 Amazon Original Series that he wrote and directed called Really,[14] which Chnadrasekhar has described "as if Parenthood had a lot of sex and drugs and swearing, but the drama will be real. I want to explore that sort of real life stuff. This to me is like a step in between what I've done and what I'm hopefully going to do."[1]

Acting[edit]

Chandrasekhar guest starred alongside his cousin Sendhil Ramamurthy in a 2009 episode of Psych which Chandrasekhar also directed. He appeared as the cab driver in the "Terror Taxi" skit from Jackass: Number Two.

Stand-up[edit]

Chandrasekhar often does stand-up comedy, sometimes touring with fellow Broken Lizard friends, Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan.[15] His stand-up is a mix of jokes and stories, which are usually pretty dirty.

Personal life[edit]

Chandrasekhar has been married to actress Susan Clarke since 2005.[16] They have three children, an older son and twins. Chandrasekhar's middle name, Jambulingam, is in honor of his grandfather, and is also his son's middle name.[6]

On his background: "To me, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and my identity is of a suburban Chicago person. It's not like, 'oh, I'm Indian.' I'm not, I'm American."[1]

Chandrasekhar's cousin is the actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who played the role of Mohinder Suresh in the NBC superpower drama Heroes and also appeared in the Broken Lizard film, The Slammin' Salmon.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Television (as director)[edit]

  • 2001-2002: Undeclared – "Hal and Hillary", "Hell Week", "Rush and Pledge"
  • 2003: Andy Richter Controls the Universe – "Saturday Early Evening Fever"
  • 2004: Oliver Beene – "Kissing Babies"
  • 2004: Cracking Up – "Grudge Match"
  • 2003-2004: Arrested Development – "Justice is Blind", "Altar Egos", "Beef Consommé", "My Mother The Car"
  • 2007: Human Giant – "Ta Da", "Lil 9-11", "Let's Go"
  • 2006-2007: The Loop – "The Dutch", "CSI: Donut Idol Bowl", "The Rusty Trombone", "The Tiger Express"
  • 2008: Lipstick Jungle – "Chapter 4: Bombay Highway", "Chapter 17: Bye, Bye Baby"
  • 2008-2009: Knight Rider – 2008 TV series; "Knight of the Hunter" and "Fly by Knight"
  • 2010-2011: Blue Mountain State – "Superstition", "The Peak", "Riot", "Drunk Tank", "Marathon Monday"
  • 2008-2012: Psych – "Let's Doo-Wop It Again", "Chivalry Is Not Dead... But Someone Is", "Bollywood Homicide", "The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable"
  • 2008-2012: Chuck – "Chuck Versus the Ex", "Chuck Versus the Suburbs", "Chuck Versus the Living Dead", "Chuck Versus the Balcony", "Chuck Versus Sarah"
  • 2009-2012: Royal Pains – "The Hankover", "A Guest House Divided", "Hank and the Deep Blue Sea", "Am I Blue?"
  • 2010-2014: Community – "Mixology Certification", "Intro to Political Science", "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts", "The First Chang Dynasty", "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking", "Introduction to Teaching"
  • 2011-2012: Happy Endings – "The Girl with the David Tattoo", "Meet the Parrots", "You Snooze, You Bruise", "More Like Stanksgiving"
  • 2011-2012: Up All Night – "First Night Away", "Baby Fever"
  • 2012: Warehouse 13 – "No Pain, No Gain"
  • 2012: Animal Practice – "Dr. Yamamazing"
  • 2012: Ben & Kate – "Career Day"
  • 2014: New Girl – "Sister III"
  • 2014: Really – also wrote and produced

Television (as actor)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gilchrist, Todd (2 August 2012). "'Babymakers' Director Jay Chandrasekhar Talks About Bending Reality, 'Being Heroic to Frat Boys'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rozeman, Mark (14 May 2013). "Catching Up with Jay Chandrasekhar". Paste. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arcot Jamulingam Chandrasekhar - Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979". FamilySearch. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hema Varadan Chandrasekhar - Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979". FamilySearch. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Sotonoff, Jamie; Gire, Dann (7 August 2012). "Hinsdale's Jay Chandrasekhar: A Broken Lizard makes good - Chandrasekhar's suburban upbringing serves him well in Hollywood, he says". Daily Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Pais, Arthur J. (5 August 2005). "Jay Chandrasekhar is big!". Rediff. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sandhya P. Chandrasekhar". Latham & Watkins. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Brendan (27 October 1996). "Review: ‘Puddle Cruiser’". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Puddle Cruiser". Sundance Film Festival. 1997. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Neumyer, Scott (18 April 2014). "Altered State Police: An Oral History of 'Super Troopers'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "IGN Interviews Jay Chandrasekhar". IGN. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Chandrasekhar, Jay (2 August 2012). "Things Have Changed Since Super Troopers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Falconer, Eric. "Blue Mountain State: The Movie". Kickstarter. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Really 1 Season 2014". Amazon. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Greenberg, Ruth (28 August 2014). "‘Super Troopers’ star Jay Chandrasekhar slings jokes at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Jay Chandrasekhar File". Chai Time. January 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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