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Jay Chandrasekhar
Jay Chandrasekhar
Born Jayanth Jambulingam Chandrasekhar
(1968-04-09) April 9, 1968 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Colgate University
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, director
Years active 1996-present
Known for Super Troopers
The Dukes of Hazzard
Susan Clarke (m. 2005)
Children 3
Relatives Sendhil Ramamurthy (cousin)
Website jay-chandrasekhar.com

Jayanth Jambulingam "Jay" Chandrasekhar (born April 9, 1968) is an American film and television actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and for directing and starring in the Broken Lizard films Super Troopers, Club Dread, and Beerfest. He has also had several successes in directing feature films and television shows-notably Arrested Development-apart from the Broken Lizard troupe.[1]

Early life and education

Chandrasekhar was born in Chicago to parents who lived in the adjacent suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. Both his father, Arcot Jambulingam "AJ" Chandrasekhar,[2] and his mother, Hema Chandrasekhar,[3][4] are physicians of Indian Tamil origin and are originally from Chennai.[5] The hospital where he was born, old Cook County Hospital, was where his parents worked.[4] Chandrasekhar has an older sister as well as a younger sister named Sandy Chandrasekhar, who is a lawyer.[6]

Chandrasekhar lived in Oak Park until his family moved farther west in the Chicago area to Hinsdale. He graduated from the boarding school high school Lake Forest Academy.[4] He graduated from Colgate University with a major in European history and a minor in philosophy.[4] During college he spent a semester at Chicago's Loyola University.[4]


Broken Lizard comedy troupe

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.[1] Chandrasekhar said he found his path to comedy after acting in high school and college. He did some open mic standup comedy work in Chicago and founded a sketch group called "Charred Goose Beak" at college. After moving to New York, the group was renamed Broken Lizard.[1]

Chandrasekhar began making shorts featuring the troupe, then made the self-funded movie Puddle Cruiser in 1996.[7] The film made it into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.[8] 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.[9]


In 2005, Chandrasekhar directed The Dukes of Hazzard.[10]The action comedy film based on the 1970s American television series of the same name was the debut of pop singer Jessica Simpson as an actress. While financially successful, the film was met with negative reviews from critics. He has become an established television comedy director, directing episodes of Undeclared, Happy Endings, Chuck, Community, Psych and Arrested Development.[1] He says that the earlier a director joins a show, the more impact he or she will have on its look and feel.[1]

In 2012, Chandrasekhar made the movie The Babymakers.[11] He directed several episodes of Blue Mountain State. Amazon released a pilot in the 2014 Amazon Original Series that he wrote and directed called Really.[12]


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. He appeared as racist comedian Gupta Gupti Gupta in the episode "Basic Email Security" of Community.


Chandrasekhar often does stand-up comedy, sometimes touring with fellow Broken Lizard friends, Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan.[13] His stand-up is a mix of jokes and stories, which are usually pretty dirty.

Personal life

Chandrasekhar has been married to actress Susan Clarke since 2005.[14] 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.[5] During an interview with Stephen Colbert in 2017, Chandrasekhar stated that the name Jambulingam translates literally in English as "large penis," however, it is intended "as a euphemism for power."[15]

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."[16]



Television (as director)

  • 2001-2002: Undeclared - "Hal and Hillary", "Hell Week", "Rush and Pledge"
  • 2003: Andy Richter Controls the Universe - "Saturday Early Evening Fever"
  • 2004: Oliver Beene - "Kissing Babies"
  • 2004: Cracking Up - "Grudge Match"
  • 2003-2004: Arrested Development - "Justice is Blind", "Altar Egos", "Beef Consommé", "My Mother The Car"
  • 2007: Human Giant - "Ta Da", "Lil 9-11", "Let's Go"
  • 2006-2007: The Loop - "The Dutch", "CSI: Donut Idol Bowl", "The Rusty Trombone", "The Tiger Express"
  • 2008: Lipstick Jungle - "Chapter 4: Bombay Highway", "Chapter 17: Bye, Bye Baby"
  • 2008-2009: Knight Rider - 2008 TV series; "Knight of the Hunter" and "Fly by Knight"
  • 2010-2011: Blue Mountain State - "Superstition", "The Peak", "Riot", "Drunk Tank", "Marathon Monday"
  • 2008-2012: Psych - "Let's Doo-Wop It Again", "Chivalry Is Not Dead... But Someone Is", "Bollywood Homicide", "The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable"
  • 2008-2012: Chuck - "Chuck Versus the Ex", "Chuck Versus the Suburbs", "Chuck Versus the Living Dead", "Chuck Versus the Balcony", "Chuck Versus Sarah"
  • 2009-2012: Royal Pains - "The Hankover", "A Guest House Divided", "Hank and the Deep Blue Sea", "Am I Blue?"
  • 2010-2015: Community - "Mixology Certification", "Intro to Political Science", "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts", "The First Chang Dynasty", "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking", "Introduction to Teaching", "Basic Story", "Basic Email Security", "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry"
  • 2011-2012: Happy Endings - "The Girl with the David Tattoo", "Meet the Parrots", "You Snooze, You Bruise", "More Like Stanksgiving"
  • 2011-2012: Up All Night - "First Night Away", "Baby Fever"
  • 2012: Warehouse 13 - "No Pain, No Gain"
  • 2012: Animal Practice - "Dr. Yamamazing"
  • 2012: Ben & Kate - "Career Day"
  • 2014: Really - also wrote and produced
  • 2014-2016: New Girl - "Sister III", "The Crawl", "Jeff Day"
  • 2015-2016: The Grinder - "The Curious Disappearance of Mr. Donovan", "A System on Trial", "Full Circle"
  • 2017: Fresh Off the Boat - "A League of Her Own"
  • 2018: The Mayor - "The Lockdown"

Television (as actor)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Rozeman, Mark (14 May 2013). "Catching Up with Jay Chandrasekhar". Paste. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arcot Jamulingam Chandrasekhar - Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hema Varadan Chandrasekhar - Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Sotonoff, Jamie; Gire, Dann (7 August 2012). "Hinsdale's Jay Chandrasekhar: A Broken Lizard makes good - Chandrasekhar's suburban upbringing serves him well in Hollywood, he says". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Pais, Arthur J. (5 August 2005). "Jay Chandrasekhar is big!". Rediff. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sandhya P. Chandrasekhar". Latham & Watkins. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ Kelly, Brendan (27 October 1996). "Review: 'Puddle Cruiser'". Variety. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Puddle Cruiser". Sundance Film Festival. 1997. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ Neumyer, Scott (18 April 2014). "Altered State Police: An Oral History of 'Super Troopers'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "IGN Interviews Jay Chandrasekhar". IGN. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Chandrasekhar, Jay (2 August 2012). "Things Have Changed Since Super Troopers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Really 1 Season 2014". Amazon. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ Greenberg, Ruth (28 August 2014). "'Super Troopers' star Jay Chandrasekhar slings jokes at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Jay Chandrasekhar File". Chai Time. January 2011. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ "Jay Chandrasekhar Hung Out (Carefully) With Willie Nelson". YouTube. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Chandrasekhar, Jay; Chalke, Sarah (4 September 2014). "AMA: I am Jay Chandrasekhar, joined by Sarah Chalke from the new Amazon pilot "Really" - ask us anything". reddit. Retrieved 2014. 

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