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Jayanth Jambulingam \"Jay\" Chandrasekhar (born April 9, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and for directing and starring in Broken Lizard films Super Troopers, Club Dread, and Beerfest. He has also developed a reputation as one of the industry’s go-to comedy filmmakers.
Chandrasekhar was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, the son of physician father, Arcot Jamulingam \"AJ\" Chandrasekhar, and physician mother, Hema Chandrasekhar, who are both of Hindu Indian origin and are originally from southern India, specifically Chennai in the Tamil Nadu region.The hospital where he was born, old Cook County Hospital, was where his parents worked. Chandrasekhar has an older sister as well as a younger sister named Sandy Chandrasekhar, who is a lawyer.
Chandrasekhar lived in Oak Park, Illinois until his family moved to Hinsdale. He graduated from the boarding school high school Lake Forest Academy. He graduated from Colgate University with a major in European history and a minor in philosophy. During college he spent a semester at Chicago\'s Loyola University.
Chandrasekhar formed the troupe Broken Lizard with other former members of the comedy troupe, Charred Goosebeak, and Beta Theta Pi, people he met during college at Colgate University. Chandrasekhar said he found his path to comedy after acting in high school and college, that he \"went downtown in Chicago and I went up on a stand-up stage and did an open mic. It went well, so I’m like, ‘alright, I’ll give it another try.’ I had been sort of taking some classes in Chicago in a group. So I went back to Colgate and started a sketch group. And that group was called Charred Goose Beak and eventually that group moved to New York and we became Broken Lizard. We always wanted to be Monty Python.\"
Chandrasekhar began making shorts featuring the troupe, then made the self-funded movie Puddle Cruiser in 1996. The film made it into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. Then in 2001, they made Super Troopers as an independent movie, which Harvey Weinstein helped to develop at Miramax Films, but did not end up distributing.
In 2005, Chandrasekhar directed The Dukes of Hazzard.
Chandrasekhar has become an established television comedy director, directing episodes of Undeclared, Happy Endings, Community, Psych and Arrested Development. On approaching TV shows that have established visual and thematic styles, Chandrasekhar says that \"you’re really there to make sure all the moments play well together and make sure the tone is stable and then you just sort of write little jokes here and there. It helps to be a fan of the show and know what your favorite version of the show is and then try to put that up there.\" But he says that it can make a difference how much impact you have on the look and feel of the show depending on how early in the run of the show you are, ideally within the first six episodes.
In 2012, Chandrasekhar made the movie, The Babymakers.
Chandrasekhar directed several episodes of Blue Mountain State.
Amazon released a pilot in the 2014 Amazon Original Series that he wrote and directed called Really, which Chandrasekhar has described \"as if Parenthood had a lot of sex and drugs and swearing, but the drama will be real. I want to explore that sort of real life stuff. This to me is like a step in between what I\'ve done and what I\'m hopefully going to do.\"
Chandrasekhar guest starred alongside his cousin Sendhil Ramamurthy in a 2009 episode of Psych which Chandrasekhar also directed. He appeared as the cab driver in the \"Terror Taxi\" skit from Jackass: Number Two.
Chandrasekhar often does stand-up comedy, sometimes touring with fellow Broken Lizard friends, Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan. His stand-up is a mix of jokes and stories, which are usually pretty dirty.
Chandrasekhar has been married to actress Susan Clarke since 2005. They have three children, an older son and twins. Chandrasekhar\'s middle name, Jambulingam, is in honor of his grandfather, and is also his son\'s middle name.
On his background: \"To me, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and my identity is of a suburban Chicago person. It\'s not like, \'oh, I\'m Indian.\' I\'m not, I\'m American.\"
Chandrasekhar\'s cousin is the actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who played the role of Mohinder Suresh in the NBC superpower drama Heroes and also appeared in the Broken Lizard film, The Slammin\' Salmon.
On the pronunciation of his last name, Chandrasekhar says you pronounce it: \"CHAN- DRAH- SAY- CAR.\"
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