Slamdance Hilarity: Slammin Salmon and yes, Farva
Who knew that a slamdance film would be the comedy that left me consistently laughing and quoting the movie days after the screening. Slammin Salmon is an amazing comedy written and starring by the guys behind Super Troopers and Beerfest. It is the first of their films that was directed by Kevin Heffernan, that’s right Farva directed Slammin Salmon. This movie had fellow sundance bloggers, Jerad, Jack, and I holding our sides from constant fits of laughter.
The movie is about Cleon “Slammin” Salmon’s (Michael Clarke Duncan) restaurant which he proudly flaunts his title of champ. Champ gets into some money trouble and the restaurant starts a competition to see which waiter can bring in the most money to raise funds. Hilarity ensues as each character has their own ridiculous situations and give amazing comical performances. Michael Clarke Duncan was one of the most hilarious actors in the movie, his timing was perfect and completely ridiculous as he replies “Whatever, MOTHERF****R!” whenever he is corrected. Champ’s character does the most outrageous things everywhere he goes, from killing a swordfish with a punch to the head to riding a horse into the restaurant in a crown and a scepter.
The Broken Lizard crew,Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, put on amazing performances throughout the movie. Jay played a crazy waiter, Nuts, who forgot to take his meds and turns into his alter ego, Zongo. Kevin played the manager of the restaurant who is also Champ’s brother in law. Steve played a waiter who quit in a blaze of glory for an acting job from which he was fired from in two weeks, so he was forced to return to Slammin Salmon. Paul played a pair of twins, one is an asshole chef who everyone hates and the other is a busboy who gets hazed on his first day. Erik was the constant fake bake tan bearing asshole, bring a new level comedy with his prickish remarks. Also appearing the film were guest stars Will Forte, Vivica A. Fox, Jim Gaffigan, Morgan Fairchild, Olivia Munn, and Sendhil Ramamurthy.
Making the movie even better was the Q and A with Jay Chandrasekhar,Kevin Heffernan, and Steve Lemme. They talked about possible future projects, Super Troopers 2, Greek Road, and Weedfest and how they worked together to write their movies. Steve Lemme also revealed that the epic quitting scene his character goes through was actually inspired by a time where he quit from one of his restaurant jobs and had to return later. The whole time during the Q and A Jack, Jerad, and I were getting excited because we knew we had to meet some of the funniest guys on Earth. So after they wrapped up we rushed down and briefly gushed over the 3 men and actually got to snap a pic with them! This was one of my favorite films because I go to meet some of my favorite actors/directors/writers and saw a movie that made me cry with laughter. I really hope this gets picked up because I will be first in line to pick up a copy.
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