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Peen-a-Lope!: Silly Scares with ‘Broken Lizard’s Club Dread’

Peen-a-Lope!: Silly Scares with ‘Broken Lizard’s Club Dread’ (photo)

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Indie Screams. The annual fright fest on IFC runs throughout October. But not every film has to be seriously scary, sometimes we want our gore mixed with laughs. That’s why today’s Indie Screams film is Broken Lizard’s Club Dread. In the film, a psychotic killer starts offing the guests at a luxury beach resort, but the staff can’t afford to lose the business, so they simply do whatever it takes to hide the carnage. Wacky, hilarious, and bloody hijinks ensue.

The slightly off minds behind the madness are Broken Lizard, a comedy troupe who has also brought to the screen the uproariously raunchy cop flick Super Troopers and Beer Fest. Its five members are Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, who collaborate on the writing, acting and productions of their films.

Jay Chandrasekhar is also closely associated with several of IFC’s favorite comedies. He directed episodes of Undeclared (have we mentioned it is coming to IFC in November?) and Arrested Development. He’s also taken spins behind the camera on the television shows Chuck and Human Giant. The man has good taste in comedy.

Here’s the trailer for Club Dread:

The troupe’s fifth film, the dare we say underappreciated The Slammin’ Salmon, features a wait staff at a high-end seafood restaurant terrorized by their boxing bully of a boss, Michael Clarke Duncan. It also has Cobie Smulders who is better known for her role as Robin Sherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother.:

Broken Lizard’s Club Dread airs on IFC at 8:15 p.m. ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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