Beer Pong or Beirut? RT Hangs with "Beerfest"'s Broken Lizards

by | August 25, 2006 | Comments

RT’s Jen Yamato is a diehard fan of the sport known as beer pong, so when she got the chance to hang out with the guys from Broken Lizard and watch them challenge Chicago’s finest to a game of the precision sport, she took it. Read on for her beer-soaked stop on the "Beerfest" tour.

What’s more intriguing than a secret Beer Olympics, where international teams compete for bragging rights in every single drinking game known to man? That’s right: not much. Especially if you’re me, Jen Yamato (hostess and winner of my annual birthday beer pong tournament, thank you very much), which is why I scrambled on over to the Broken Lizard "Beerfest" Tour stop in Chicago a few weeks back, where thirsty revelers were treated to a screening of the pic, a Q&A with Lizards Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan, and (even better) free beer!

If you’ve ever played Moose, you must see "Beerfest"

The Broken Lizards were barnstorming the country on a suds-soaked "Beerfest" tour, and took time to talk with me about the finer points of making their latest Lizard original (after disappointing with 2004’s "Club Dread" and last year’s "The Dukes of Hazzard"). But forget about comedy writing, their three-year deal with Warner Bros., and nabbing a pair of first-rate actors for their cast (Cloris Leachman and Donald Sutherland); I want to know if they play beer pong with a paddle!

Check out RT’s exclusive video interviews (and see the "Beerfest" boys in Beer Pong action):

Kevin Heffernan on "Training"

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How did the actor prepare for a role as a beer-swiller named Landfill in "Beerfest?" By training his physique — training real hard. Also, the true-life Australian chug-off that inspired "Beerfest."

Kevin Heffernan on his fellow "Beerfest" cast members

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Which octogenarian Oscar-winner had a thing for director Jay Chandrasekhar on set (hint: her initials are Cloris Leachman)? Who showed his chugging prowess during filming but had to sneak out between takes to barf it all up? And just how many special effects did they have to use to simulate realistic, Olympian-grade drinking skills?

"Beerfest" Beer Tour: Chicago

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Check out the skills of the local Broken Lizard fans who came out to the Park West Theater to see the movie, play beer pong with the Lizards, and test their own masteries of the immortal Beer Hula Hoop, Baby Bottle Chug, and the ever-popular Flippy Cup!

"Beerfest" Drinking Games

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Kevin Heffernan gives us the rundown of all the drinking games they played in the movie, and more.

Jay Chandresekhar

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Director and actor Jay talks about his traumatized "Beerfest" character, Barry and picks a side on the Beer Pong – Beirut issue. Plus, watch Jay in his game skills action at the Chicago tour stop, and listen as he reveals which Broken Lizard goes nude in "Beerfest."

Click here for more "Beerfest" photos and the trailer!

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