If you've ever had someone say "meow" instead of "now," you can thank them. If you've ever had a friend nickname your car "Ram Rod" during a road trip, you can thank them. If you've ever drank a beer from das boot, and then turned it sideways at the bottom so the bubble doesn't get you, you can thank them.
This Sunday night, two of the guys from the Broken Lizard crew responsible for bringing us classic films like Super Troopers and Beerfest will be in Minnesota. Kevin "Farva/Landfill" Heffernan and Steve "Mac/Fink" Lemme will be performing standup, telling stories, and maybe even drinking a couple of beers, too.
We took a moment to chat with them before the big gig.
For anyone who hasn't seen you live, what's your show going to be like this Sunday?
S. Lemme: We do some standup, probably like 30 minutes each, and then we'll do some storytelling. Since Minnesota is a big beer drinking state, we're going to talk a little bit about the making of the movie Beerfest. And as long as we're talking about beer, we'll probably get some audience participation too.
So if both of you do standup, how do you decide who has to open for who?
K. Heffernan: We usually decide by either arm wrestling or beer chugging.
SL: The thing with our shows is that we both want to go first, because usually by the time the first person is done, the crowd is kind of wasted.
Does it ever get sort of obnoxious trying to perform for a bunch of drunks?
KH: Not at all. Beer drinking crowds are the best. Other comics have to deal with drunk hecklers who don't like them; our hecklers are drunk and friendly. They'll yell stuff out, but it's always good stuff so it's flattering.
SL: Our audience aren't always drinkers; we get the occasional stoner too. It's funny though; we'll go into a venue and the liquor sales for one night with us will top what they usually do in an entire week.
What's the drunkest audience you've ever performed for?
SL: When we played the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, the management came into our dressing room and said, 'You guys did something historic tonight. We just sold out of PBR before the show even started.' And this is at the PABST Theater. So that was pretty awesome.
Of course it was Wisconsin. Let's try this instead: What's the best audience you've ever performed for?
KH: Minnesota, obviously! And I'm not pandering at all! Seriously though, the last time we were in town it was a blast. We brought Justin Morneau onstage with us to drink a beer, and we were messing with him because the Twins were in the playoffs but he couldn't play. It was a blast.
You definitely don't have to worry about that whole Twins playoff thing this time. Your Broken Lizard crew has a Minnesota connection too, right?
KH: Yeah, Erik Stolhanske ["Rabbit" from Super Troopers] is from Minnesota, so we might have to see if we can convince him to come up onstage with us as long as he's available.
Speaking of Broken Lizard, what else do you guys have going on besides the tour?
KH: Right now we're actually working on Super Troopers 2, which we had a script written for a long time, but we were bogged down in negotiations. Steve and I also just debuted our new web series Fatty & Tatty -- I'll let you guess who plays who -- and we just released another standup special.
With all that going on, do you guys still like doing road gigs?
SL: We all got our start in sketch comedy, and there's still nothing quite like the energy of a live show. With films, you can't really connect with the fans. You just shoot something and hope it's funny. At these shows, we get that immediate feedback from the crowd, and then we get to meet with them, take pictures, sign autographs, and make them a part of the whole thing. It's the best.
IF YOU GO:
Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme of Broken Lizard
Mill City Nights
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show.
18+. $20/advanced, $22/door
111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN