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A Chat with Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of Broken Lizard!

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As part of their Heffernan Lemme Live tour, the duo stopped in Boston on May 31st, knockin’ them dead at the Royale nightclub. Mark McDonough caught up with Steve and Kevin to talk projects, influences, and stand-up.

The Backstage Beat: (referencing Steve Lemme writing):  Writing your act now?

Steve Lemme:  That’s right; we write our routines in the minutes before the show.

Kevin Heffernan:  But we don’t actually go up drunk.  Everyone expects us to be drunk because of Beerfest.

SL:  This is the introduction.  We always try to do an intro specific to the city.

BB:  So, you started in Broken Lizard comedy troupe…

KH:  It began as Charred Goose Beak.  Jay Chandrasekhar decided to put together a student comedy act when we at Colgate.

SL: We spent two years performing in Greenwich Village before we decided to do a film.  Our first movie was Puddle Cruiser.  This was at a time in New York when the indie film seen was really bustling, films like Fargo and Clerks were just being released.

BB:  You’re working on a film now.  Freeloaders?

KH:  We’re producing Freeloaders.  We’re not involved in the making of it.

BB:  So what’s next?

SL:  We have a Netflix original series out, Fat Man and Little Boy, and we’re making Super Troopers 2, and a Youtube series called The Adventures of Fatty and Tatty.  Besides that we’re touring.  We love Boston.  We can’t decide what we love better, the city or the people.

KH:  We were thinking about doing a parody of ‘Of Mice and Men’, where I play George and Steve plays Lenny.

SL:  We think that would be hilarious.

KH:  I began scripting it and we’ll see what happens.

BB:  Any fun stories from the road?

SL:  Well, we got to do a double performance in Phoenix with David Spade and Kevin Farley, Chris Farley’s brother.  We hung out with them after the act.  That was fun.

Then we were in a Midwest state, I wont tell you which one, and I was leaving Kevin’s room at the hotel and going to my own just when some sort of state trooper convention was getting out and there were all these troopers smoking and getting wasted and driving around, going out for more booze and driving drunk.  It was pretty funny.

BB:  It must be difficult being together and on the road so much.

KH:  Fortunately, we’ve known each other a long time.

SL:  We just don’t talk—no interaction between shows—that’s not true.

KH:  We each have children now, so we try to limit the traveling.  It’s rare that we’re gone more than two weekends a month.

BB: Who inspired you?

KH:  Who inspired us…we were both very influenced by early SNL and our movies were modeled after John Landis films.

SL:  We all watched Monty Python as children and we loved Kids in the Hall.  Eddie Murphy really inspired me and Richard Prior.  Currently there’s Bill Burr and Bill Birbiglia…

KH:  Mike Birbiglia

SL:  Mike Birbiglia…yeah, write down Bill Birbiglia.  If Bill Burr and Mike Birbiglia had a child, he’d be hilarious.

BB:  When do you come up with new material?

KH:  Once you shoot a special, you have a few months to come up with the next.  As we travel, we’re always trying new material on the crowd.

SL:  That’s the fun part.  That’s the thrill of stand-up comedy.  You go up with this new joke and you can’t know what the reaction will be.

BB:  Did you ever have any flat nights in the beginning?

KH:  Not only in the beginning!

SL:  Thousands have walked out during my set.  There was a huge crowd at a university, all there to see Kevin Hart.  I was the guy up after him.

BB:  Have you had the chance to work with a lot of other famous comedians?

SL:  We’re fairly new the stand-up scene.  We’ve run into Nick Thune, Todd Glass, Omer Sharif…we performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, so we’ve met just about everybody in the business.

BB:  How do you like the business aspect?

KH:  It’s not so bad.

SL:  We did a show in Baltimore at a place with no owner or manager.  It was like…how do we get paid?

KH:  Our shows tend to be successful in cities with a college or post-college crows—like Boston has.

BB:  Awesome. Well, thank you very much.

KH:  Now we’re going to ask you questions.  What’s yourfavorite beer?

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The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!

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Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.

Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.

We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.

Raul Thomas – Owner of Theatre on the Square

TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?

Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker  and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.

   Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.

   The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.  
   Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.

   After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.

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Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta

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Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!

We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:

TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)

Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.

TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!

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Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker

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A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.

 

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.

For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.

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