Behind the ‘Stache with Tacoma FD’s Kevin Heffer and Steve Lemme

Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme have been making individuals chuckle for many years, most notably as a part of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, which got here collectively in 1990 at New York’s Colgate University. The group’s movies Super Troopers, Beerfest, Club Dread and final yr’s Super Troopers 2 at the moment are extensively thought-about cult comedy classics.

New Show on truTV

Their newest undertaking, Tacoma FD, is wrapping up its first 10-episode season on truTV this week, and the pair sat down with HTTV just lately to speak about the collection.

Tacoma FD is our new present on truTV and it’s a present about firefighters in the wettest metropolis in America,” says Heffernan. “And it’s principally Super Troopers in a fireplace station.”

“Right down to the mustaches,” Lemme chimes in.

Heffernan and Lemme clarify that the impetus for the new collection is rooted of their vainness.

“The thing that inspired us to make this show was an intense desire to get on TV,” Lemme says, including that they included in style parts of their earlier hits whereas creating the present.

“Super Troopers are on the most abandoned stretch of freeway, in order that they have a variety of downtime,” Lemme says. “What’s the equivalent of that for firefighters? The rainiest city in the country.”

The storylines in Tacoma FD embrace antics from actual departments, as informed to the duo by the likes of one in every of Heffernan’s cousins Lt. Bill, a firefighter who was employed as a technical director for the manufacturing.

“Also, we’ve talked to a bunch of firefighters,” provides Heffernan. “And when Super Troopers got here out, firefighters stated to us, ‘Cops are pretty funny, you know, but you know who’s actually humorous? Firefighters.’”

‘World’s Biggest Hotbox’

Because Tacoma has such a moist local weather, fires don’t have a lot probability of beginning and getting uncontrolled, leaving the division loads of downtime for shenanigans. In reality, Lemme and Heffernan determined that the crew of Tacoma FD would solely truly struggle one hearth every season of the collection.

“In the first season, it takes place in Washington state, so what makes sense?” Heffernan asks. “Fire in a weed dispensary. Weed dispensary catches on fire, we’re sent in to put it out. Hilarity ensues.”

“It’s basically the world’s biggest hot box,” Lemme explains.

Sequel to Beerfest in the Works

Lemme and Heffernan additionally speak about different tasks they’ve in the works, together with a cannabis-themed sequel to Beerfest. One of the producers of that movie, Bill Gerber, is presently having fun with the success of one other movie he produced, final yr’s A Star is Born.

“While he’s actually tremendous scorching we’ve been speaking about doing Potfest” Lemme reveals.

“We have to come up with a good plot though,” muses Heffernan. “When we wrote it, weed was illegal. And now it’s not.”

However, Lemme reminds his associate that they’ve already come up with a brand new plot for Potfest, explaining that he lately discovered notes with concepts for the undertaking. Their lack of recollection of the occasion leads me to consider their brainstorming assembly was largely a smoke sesh.

“I didn’t remember it either, until I found it,” admits Lemme.

Check out the full interview with Heffernan and Lemme on HTTV, together with extra hijinx from the firehouse and how work on the present has given them a brand new appreciation for actual firefighters.

Besides Tacoma FD, Heffernan and Lemme might be loved on the small display of their stand-up comedy particular ThePotential Farewell Tour on Amazon Prime. The Tacoma FD season finale airs on truTV on Thursday, May 16.


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