Named as one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch in 2001, Jay Chandrasekhar is an accomplished filmmaker, comedy writer and performer, and also serves as the director of the Broken Lizard comedy group.
Chandrasekhar recently directed the cult comedy BEERFEST about a secret underground beer drinking competition that starred Broken Lizard. Prior to directing BEERFEST, Jay directed THE DUKES OF HAZZARD. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Burt Reynolds and Jessica Simpson, Chandrasekhar’s take on the classic television hit is an action packed adrenaline rush of car chases and comedy.
Chandrasekhar has also directed, co-wrote, and starred in 3 Broken lizard feature films: CLUB DREAD, SUPER TROOPERS (the first major acquistion of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, distributed by Fox Searchlight adn now one of Fox's most popular DVD titles), and the micro-budgeted PUDDLE CRUISER (Sundance selection and Grand Jury prize winner at the Hamptons Film Festival) which introduced the world to the comic voice of Broken Lizard.
In addition to his feature film work, Chandrasekhar has directed various single camera television shows, including several episodes of the Emmy Award winning ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, CRACKING UP, OLIVER BEENE, ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE, THE LOOP and UNDECLARED. Chandrasekhar also directed "SAFETY SCHOOL" a primetime pilot based on Puddle Cruiser for NBC. He most recently wrapped HELD UP, a pilot for Comedy Central and Sony Pictures Television. He has also edited several independent feature films and has directed commercials for both Coca-Cola and Nike.
A Chicago native and graduate of Colgate University, Chandrasekhar also completed the New York University - Tisch School six-week intensive Film Production program, and has studied at the IMPROV OLYMPIC with Del Close, a founder of THE SECOND CITY. He currently resides in Los Angeles.