A triumphant return to New Mexico – 10 years in the making.
That’s what Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan are calling their coming show in the Land of Enchantment.
The two men are part of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which is responsible for the hits “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest.”
The latter, 2006 movie was filmed in Albuquerque and has become a cult favorite.
Lemme says when “Beerfest” was made, of course, it was made to be funny.
“Then Willie Nelson saw it and told us we should do a ‘Weedfest’ film,” he says with a laugh. “He asked if it would happen.”
But first the group is filming “Super Troopers 2” this summer.
“We might be back in Albuquerque soon,” Lemme says.
In between the various Broken Lizard projects, Lemme and Heffernan have began doing small comedy tours around the country.
“Typically, Kevin and I come out together,” Lemme says. “Then Kevin does his set. I join him and we tell a story together about the making of the movies. This is a great part for the super fans. Then I do a stand-up comedy set.”
Lemme has learned over the course of his career to take inspiration whenever it hits.
“When we did our first tour, everything comes to life quickly,” he says. “I used to tell the story of me getting pulled over going 120 mph and the cop recognized me and he let me off. Then when my first child was born, I talked about him on the second tour. Usually the comedy is found in daily activities.”
Now being a father, Lemme has tried to become more “gentleman-like” with his routine.
“I talk about love, marriage and being a father,” he says. “I did become aware watching our second TV special that I was really dirty. I am trying to be a gentleman, and it doesn’t seem to be working. It’s a slow process. You have to reassess everything when you have a child. My two sons are going to be able to access my old material, and they are going to hear dad talking about smoking weed and masturbation. Not cool for them. It was time for me to change things up a bit.”
Meanwhile, Heffernan doesn’t think he’ll tone down his comedy.
“My kids curse me out for cursing,” Heffernan says. “It’s kind of crazy to think how far we both have come in life, both personally and creatively. We started Broken Lizard to make films and showcase our comedy. We’ve been lucky to have done that. We’ve also seen plenty of projects fizzle out.”
Tackling “Super Troopers 2” has been a breeze for Heffernan.
He says all of the members of Broken Lizard have also grown as writers and having the first film helped develop the voice for the sequel.
“It’s been efficient,” Heffernan says. “We’ve learned, and there are tons of fights about jokes. The best joke usually wins.”
Heffernan enjoyed making “Beerfest” in Albuquerque and hopes to be back with a project one day soon.
“We lived there for almost six months,” Heffernan says. “It’s a great memory. I was like summer camp, and you had this group of guys making a beer movie.”
Not to mention that Albuquerque doubled for five countries.
“It’s funny; every time I’m watching ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Better Call Saul,’ I will notice the same locations,” Heffernan says. “But in our film, some of those locations were Germany. The magic of filmmaking.”