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SXSW 2012: Broken Lizard introduces “Babymakers” to audiences


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It should come as no surprise that Broken Lizard members Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan come up with some pretty ridiculous concepts for their films. As the men behind “Super Troopers,” we didn’t think anything they created could surprise us. But then they told us about their new film, “The Babymakers.”

“It’s about a guy who is trying to have a baby with his wife and he runs into some problems,” Heffernan explained. “He remembers that a couple years earlier he had donated some sperm to a sperm bank, and he so goes there to try to get his sperm back and they won’t give it to him, so he plans an elaborate sperm bank heist to try to get his stuff back.”

As Chandrasekhar said, “It’s like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ with sperm.”

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The film made its big premiere at SXSW where IFC was lucky enough to catch up with the duo for an interview. Heffernan starred in the film and Chandrasekhar starred and directed it, so it should come as no surprise that the movie took some inspiration from their own lives. But what was it exactly that made them the right men to tell this story?

“We’re fairly professional masturbators,” Chandrasekhar deadpanned. “We come from a good family of that.”

Masturbation jokes aside, the guys admitted that they do still get nervous before big premieres, like this one at SXSW. However, they were aware that “The Babymakers” would be playing to its target audience.

“This town has extremely smart stoners, frankly,” Chandrasekhar said of Austin. “It’s a certain type that gets all these little tiny jokes we’ve stuck in there.”

Are you looking forward to seeing “The Babymakers” when it hits theaters? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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