Victor Hugo meets Mel Brooks in Quasi, the first historical comedy from the Super Troopers team of funnymen Broken Lizard. Directed by comedy troupe member Kevin Heffernan, Broken Lizard’s absurdist reinterpretation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” positions Quasimodo as both torturer and an unlikely pawn in the battle of wits between the scheming King of France and His Holiness the Pope. The King recruits Quasi—as he is known to one and all—to assassinate the Pope during a Papal visit to France. Prior to the assassination attempt, the Pope unwittingly turns the tables by imploring Quasi to bump off the King to save the people of France from his wicked ways. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Quasi receives help from an unexpected ally: the King’s new wife, Queen Catherine. Hilarity and much oyster shucking ensue. The cast is led by Broken Lizard’s Steve Lemme as Quasi and Austin resident Adrianne Palicki as Queen Catherine. Jay Chandrasekhar plays King Guy, Paul Soter plays Pope Cornelius, and Erik Stolhanske and director Kevin Heffernan play Quasimodo’s friends and torture chamber work colleagues Michel and Henri-Francoise, respectively. Succession’s Brian Cox, who appeared in both Super Troopers, narrates. Quasi premieres April 20 on Hulu. A cast member of the locally shot Friday Night Lights TV series, Austin resident Adrianne Palicki previously starred in Red Dawn, G.I. Joe Retaliation, and John Wick. She currently stars in The Orville on Hulu. Previous Broken Lizard comedies include Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Super Troopers 2, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazzard, Beerfest, and The Slammin’ Salmon. Kevin Heffernan directed The Slammin’ Salmon and created the TV show Tacoma PD with fellow Broken Lizard member and Quasi lead Steve Lemme. Jay Chandrasekhar directed the Broken Lizard films Puddle Cruiser, Super Troopers, Super Troopers 2, Club Dread, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Beerfest as well as The Babymakers, Easter Sunday, and multiple episodes of such sitcoms as The Goldbergs, Animal Control, New Girl, Community, and Fresh off the Boat. Broken Lizard is currently writing Super Troopers 3.
Aired: April 18, 2023.