Broken Lizard is back to parody Quasimodo.
Broken Lizard, the comedy group who has given “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread,” and “Beerfest,” among others, are back for a new movie. Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske star in the Hulu movie Quasi, streaming on April 20th. The irreverent and absurd comedy group focusing on physical humor and outrageous situations has developed a strong cult following. They continue to offer a unique and entertaining presence in the comedy world, especially with their latest film, which adds The Orville’s, Adrianne Palicki. We got to interview the crew and talk about the movie and their next films that fans are dying to see.
A hapless hunchback yearns for love but finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the king of France when each orders the hunchback to kill the other.
This movie has been in the making for years as Broken Lizard wrote this script simultaneously with Super Troopers. They wanted to write something that felt a little like Monty Python. So they began crafting a film based on the impression that Lemme does and making him a lovable loser. This film is the first “period piece” from the comedy group, and if you are a fan of Ren Fests, you’ll love the world they created. The sets are well done and a little easter egg for you; dozens of phalluses are sprinkled around the set pieces.
Some of my favorite scenes occur in the torture chamber.
This is where they test the newest devices on volunteers. Just that gag itself could become a sketch comedy series. I loved seeing Lemme get the spotlight in this film as the deformed torture device designer. This is a Quasimodo we have not seen before. Everyone pulls double duty in this movie, playing multiple characters that make you second guess. Even Heffernan, who directs this film, finds himself playing a couple of characters. This movie’s subplots deliver hilarious and shocking twists that revolve around love. Palicki, who plays the Queen to Chandrasekhar King, is so great, and I love seeing her in a silly project like this and having fun with the guys. She is fully committed to her role and looks excellent with a crown. Lastly, Soter and Stolhanske round out the characters who come all the way from the Vatican and provide some fun and painful gags.