December 11, 2009

PODCAST: The Slammin' Salmon (Broken Lizard, Michael Clarke Duncan)

The Slammin' Salmon

Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske together form Broken Lizard, the irreverent comedy troupe behind such films as Super Troopers, Club Dread and Beerfest. In their new film and Heffernan's directorial debut, The Slammin' Salmon, the Lizards are teamed with Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan:

"Slammin" Cleon Salmon (Duncan) is a former Heavyweight Champion of the World turned celebrity owner of a high end Miami seafood restaurant, The Slammin' Salmon. A terrifying bull of a man, Salmon uses fear to rule over his misfit wait staff and on this particular night, he takes his bullying skills to a new level. In an effort to pay off a gambling debt to the Japanese Yakuza, Salmon sets up a contest to "inspire" his wait staff to sell more food than they ever have before. The top selling server wins $10,000 while the waiter in last place gets served with a broken rib sandwich—courtesy of the Champ himself. Spurred on by greed and panic, the staff resorts to backstabbing, bribery and indecent proposals in an attempt to up sell their patrons while simultaneously sabotaging their co-workers. As the hours pass, the dining room action becomes more frenzied as the contest escalates into a brawl for first place in order to win the money.

Sitting down with all five Lizards at City Crab, a Manhattan seafood restaurant where Steve Lemme once worked, the boys rowdily discussed with me their illicit experiences in food service (did I really want to know that someone had sex in the very dining room I was sitting in?), what always makes for sure-fire comic material, their favorite films of 2009, and the worst part about working with Michael Clarke Duncan—who then turns up in a cameo appearance to keep the boys in check.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (20:47)

Podcast Music
INTRO: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, "Eat It"
OUTRO: The Chemical Brothers, "The Salmon Dance"

[The Slammin' Salmon opens today in select theaters. For more info, please visit the official website.]

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Posted by ahillis at December 11, 2009 8:20 AM