Seventeen years after the release of the cult hit Super Troopers, Broken Lizard is back in shades and mustaches for the comedy troupe’s highly anticipated sequel, Super Troopers 2, which hit theaters on April 20. Broken Lizard first got together when the members were attending Colgate University in 1990, and they’ve been performing together ever since—in live stage shows as well as films like Club Dread and Beerfest. In honor of the release of Super Troopers 2, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske sat down with High Times to discuss making movies, marijuana, the meow game, and much more.
So the long-awaited Super Troopers 2 comes out on 4/20…
KH: It’s now considered like a holiday, right?
ES: International holiday, yeah.
PS: Now we’re giving you something to do on that holiday, which is kind of a cool thing.
JC: Because all the best holidays have an activity.
KH: Christmas activity, Halloween activity, Easter activity.
SL: 4/20 has an activity now.
What can we expect to see in the new film?
JC: Well, we’re all in it, the five of us, that’s for sure.
PS: Brian Cox.
KH: A bunch of people came back. Lynda Carter’s back.
JC: The mustaches are all about double the size.
SL: There’s extra mustaches.
KH: There’s 20 percent more mustache, and then there are other characters with mustaches as well.
SL: There’s a lot of new players, too, like Rob Lowe’s in the movie, which is great.
KH: And Mounties. We have Mounties this time. Will Sasso and Tyler Labine and Hayes MacArthur.
ES: And live animals.
We read that the bear fucker makes a reappearance?
ES: A twist. A twist on the bear fucker.
How did you develop your roles starting out as a comedy troupe? How did Kevin become the villain? How did Jay become the director?
JC: Back when we did sketch shows at Colgate, they weren’t cast until several drafts into all of the sketches, so that nobody wrote for themselves, because it’s sort of the natural thing you would do. So you’re writing on every sketch because you’re like, “I don’t know, I might be in that one.” That’s the approach we took with this film originally. We didn’t cast it until, like, draft 20 of 35. So you had to write jokes for every character. There was a point where I was going to play Farva and you [Kevin] were going to play Thorny.
PS: We did a table read where everyone played different characters, right?
ES: Yeah, and everyone took a shot.
SL: Although I didn’t try to read for the part of Farva, because I was going after [Kevin]. When you read it, I was like, “There’s no point.”
PS: He’s the biggest asshole.
ES: That’s our Farva.
PS: We could do, like, a YouTube thing where we took turns re-creating scenes with each of us getting to be Farva.
You should do it for the closing credits of your next film.
KH: We can just put it in Super Troopers 3.
JC: It’s funny, because that’s also a good cold open for the movie. Like, one of the guys as Farva, and then he wakes up in a cold sweat.
It’s interesting to hear about a table read, because there are so many iconic lines in Super Troopers. Obviously, it was scripted, but a lot of it must have been improvised.
JC: The first film only had about seven or eight improvised lines.
SL: We wrote 35 drafts, crafted every single thing. Occasionally we needed some filler.
KH: The budget was so tight. We got three takes max for everything.
PS: We couldn’t fuck up, so we had to get what we had written. But improvs did make it in.
JC: Not many.
PS: Well, we rehearsed a lot. We would rehearse a lot to be ready to go, and improvs would come out in the rehearsal and then they’d make it into the script.
JC: The style of the film somehow makes people think that everybody was sort of making it up on the spot.
JC: Which is wildly untrue. But in the second movie, we improvised, probably, 20 percent?
Do you have a most memorable day filming, for the original or the new one?
KH: The first one, I feel like there were several, like the prison yard was very memorable.
ES: Yeah, the bulletproof jockstrap.
SL: The shooting range that we were filming was the shooting range for the Fishkill Maximum Security Prison, which means that they’re bad criminals. And the wing that was looking out over the shooting range was the wing for the worst of the worst.
JC: The ones who’d killed the most fish.
SL: Yeah. [laughs] And then killed other prisoners in the prison. All they knew was that there was a cop taking his clothes off and then getting shot at by other cops. These guys were shouting the filthiest stuff at me all day long.
PS: And you were in a kimono so you wouldn’t get sunburned, and you had an umbrella over your head.
SL: Yeah, so there was a red kimono. There was a little parasol-type thing that somebody was holding over me, right? Because I’m in a movie.
PS: But maybe it’s really because they thought the prisoners were going to throw their feces at you and piss on you.
JC: We weren’t that close.
PS: I know, but they could try. You know, what else are they going to do?
SL: But when I took off the umbrella and took off the robe and was naked, there was like a fucking cheer that went up from the prison.
JC: I also remember when we shot the powdered-sugar scene, because we were with this guy Daniel von Bargen, who played the local police chief. He’s just a serious actor, and so you’re putting this serious actor next to my naked friend who’s covered in powdered sugar. And he was just so fucking cool and straight and great. He just played it tough, and I’m like, “Could you throw the tiniest look at his dick?” And he goes, “Okay.” And then he did it. I’m like, “That was fucking perfect.” And I said, “So what do you think?” And he’s like, “It is what it is.”
Speaking of working with serious actors, what’s it like working with Brian Cox?
KH: You know, we didn’t pursue him. His agent came to us. They had read the script and said, “Brian’s a big fan of comedy and he doesn’t get to do comedy a lot.” We were fans of his, and he came in and did a great job. He came back this time. I think we pushed him too hard in the second movie.
ES: Too many night scenes.
PS: Doesn’t love night shoots.
JC: But he was a delight.
SL: Oh, he’s so good. He’s such a professional.
PS: That’s actually true with every outside actor we bring into our movies. They’re all real actors, and we’re five fucking assholes in the middle of this whole thing. Because guys like Brian Cox, everything they say, they nail it. He nails every single take.
ES: He only needs one take, really.
SL: And all those guys. Rob Lowe is a fucking pro. That guy is awesome. And we can’t remember our fucking lines.
PS: We can. But we don’t.
It must be cool for those guys, though, to come onto a set that’s fun and loose and not rigid.
KH: I think people like shooting comedies. It’s a fun set. We have a very family-oriented set, too. But Cox was also fun because I hadn’t seen him in 10 years. I hadn’t seen him in forever, and he walked out there like, “Kevin, hi!” It felt good when he remembered my name. That’s the lowest threshold, and I was like, “Oh, wow, he remembered my name!”
JC: The guy’s great.
Where did the original idea to play cops come from?
JC: We always gravitate toward movies that can handle five coequal male leads, and so you end up with things like police or firemen or…
PS: A basketball team. We have a pool of possible ideas, and that was one of them.
Have you had any run-ins with police?
PS: There was a time in our lives when we were road-tripping and getting pulled over by the cops.
SL: Yeah. Plenty of times. You know, you’re driving and you’re laughing and having a good time, and a cop walks up and immediately you’re a wimp.
ES: They have so much power.
KH: And then the cop leaves and you’re a tough guy again. But there was that moment where you were so vulnerable and you realize that that guy had so much power over you. If they had a sense of humor, they could fuck with you.
Did you get caught smoking?
JC: We never got in trouble for anything. But we’ve had a ton of cops come up to us [after Super Troopers] and say, “The thing we’re thankful about the movie is that you made us seem like the good guys.”
PS: Right. “We’re used to being portrayed as humorless dicks.” I never thought about that ahead of time. We just thought, okay, let’s make [the cops] funny, cool, because they’re us. But then [real police] were like, “Yeah, we are funny and cool, man. People don’t know that.”
KH: As we travel around and do live shows, you go out to meet the audience afterward and it’s this weird dynamic. The crowd is made up of cops and stoners. Those are the people in the room laughing at all the same jokes. It’s a pretty cool dynamic.
SL: It’s like shaggy dudes sitting next to dudes with tight crew cuts.
PS: And mustaches.
ES: And they’re all laughing.
KH: I remember we went to do a live show in Denver right after weed got legalized. There were fans handing us weed in front of cops. We couldn’t handle it.
SL: The cops were like, “Go for it, dude.”
Do you smoke regularly?
SL: Yeah, for sure.
ES: As prescribed.
KH: My glaucoma kicks in.
JC: Certainly when we write together.
It fits into your writing process, then?
JC: Yeah, it’s good for creative.
SL: I think it’s mandatory. I think it just opens up everybody’s mind.
JC: Yeah. When we’re generating jokes we do, but when we’re generating the structure of the plot we don’t.
PS: It’s good for the very beginning, too, just like, “What do you guys want to do?”
So Potfest, the long-awaited sequel to Beerfest—when is it happening?
JC: If people go to the theater [for Super Troopers 2] in a substantial enough number, then the road to Potfest will be very easy.
KH: Because Warner Brothers owns the movie, so they’ve just got to be like, “Yeah, it’s worth it.”
SL: But we’ll make it. We’d love to make it.
ES: I mean, it was really just a joke. Then it started getting some traction. We started getting phone calls. Then we outlined it.
JC: We have several outlines. We have an animated one. We have two different outlines of the movie. We’ve written about 30, 40 pages of it. I have 40 pages on my computer.
PS: Then we just kind of forked off and did Super Troopers 2.
How do you account for the cult status of Super Troopers?
KH: I think it looks and sounds and feels to people like something they would have done themselves or could have done with their friends. I mean, it was kind of homemade enough and made by dudes who were buddies. I think people love thinking about that idea, making movies with their buddies. Everybody has that conversation.
PS: I think it’s also kind of layered in that way that cult movies are, in the sense that you can watch it multiple times and see new jokes.
ES: I think that lends itself well to cult viewing and guys getting together and watching it in the living room over and over again.
KH: There’s also likability, I think. Our thing was always to try to create a world where people want to come hang out. Like even though my character’s a dick, there’s a lovability, at least. The idea was a group of friends hanging out and you want to be a part of that group of friends.
JC: Poor Farva.
SL: Nobody wants to hang with him.
PS: But I think there’s also relatability, too. I mean, the majority of people who are fans, they’ve got a Farva. They work with a Farva or they’re friends with a Farva.
Do you enjoy being on set or doing stand-up more these days?
SL: They’re both fantastic. Making a movie is fucking awesome. Going out there in front of a live audience is the best.
KH: We work so hard to get onto the set, and you spend 80 percent of your time trying to get onto the set, which I think makes it more precious when it happens.
PS: It tastes a little sweeter, because it really takes so long to get to that point.
JC: Yeah, it takes so much money and effort and time.
So, for the 4/20 release of Super Troopers 2, how do you recommend people prepare for seeing the film?
SL: It’s a good weed movie.
JC: It really is a good weed movie.
SL: Turn to your friend and say, “Dab me out.”
PS: Dab meow-t.
KH: Oh, there you go.
Does the meow game ever get old? Do people constantly try it with you?
SL: Happens on planes, like the captain will do it…
PS: I had it happen boarding a plane where I assumed it was because the gate agent knew I was there, and then I walked up and the guy was like, “Holy shit!” I was like, “Why were you doing that?” He’s like, “Because I just do it. I do it all the time.”
JC: I think it’s funny when people come up and they’re so excited to do it and they mess it up.
ES: Yeah, they don’t get the joke.
They just say “meow” at you?
PS: They’re like, “I’m going to leave, uh, meow later…”
JC: “So how meow you doing today?”
SL: Yeah, you’re like, that’s not the joke.
PS: I think it’s adorable.
JC: Someday they’ll watch the movie and they’ll be like, “Oh, I get it! It’s ‘now!’”
SL: “Holy shit!”
PS: “Well, that’s dumb.” [laughs]
By Mike Gianakos & Mary Jane Gibson; This feature has been published in High Times’ magazine, subscribe right here.
The post The High Times Interview: Broken Lizard appeared first on High Times.
1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.