The twin comedy duo hit a Boston club stage for the first time in their career this weekend with what they feel is their best material yet
Randy and Jason Sklar have been on the comedy grind for more than 25 years, and after once only coming to Boston to hit the college circuit, as well as a Boston Marathon “Fan Experience” gig for Brooks Running in 2009, the tag-teaming twins are finally taking the stage at a proper comedy club in the city for the first time in their careers.
With four shows at Laugh Boston this weekend (October 11 and 12), the brothers are looking forward to not only ringing in their first proper Boston club shows, but they’re also excited to bring audiences their latest hour of material which they feel is, with a mix of just about every element they’ve employed over the course of their time in the scene, from improv and crowd work, to observational comedy and storytelling, their sharpest hour to date.
“I feel like as we’ve grown older, and we’ve tried to improve as comedians, we’ve started to understand and take into account the audience we’re performing for,” Randy Sklar tells Vanyaland. “Now, we take our time a little bit more, and it still has a lot of jokes in it, but there’s also a lot more patience in it, as well, which I love. We started to understand that these are things we are good at, and the things we love to do. This new hour is a great example of everything we’ve ever done, and our material has really matured over time.”
As one half of what he considers to be a post-modern comedy team, Sklar is looking forward to what he and his brother have on the horizon, aside from stand-up and working toward their next special. Along with their podcast, Dumb People Town, where they “celebrate dumb people doing dumb things,” the twins are also working on their United Nations-centered comedy series for CBS, UNProfessionals, in addition to consistently looking for a way to revive their fan-favorite ESPN Classic show, Cheap Seats.
Regardless of the type of project they’re working on, the Sklar Brothers are a dual-action comedy powerhouse. While the possibility of having to venture out on solo careers is a real-world possibility, and they’ve taken the stage on the solo tip a few times, they’ve never really entertained the thought that it could become a permanent thing. Not only do they know the feeling would be completely different for both them and their fans, but they also know that there is still so much ground left for them to cover together.
“There’s still so much that we want to achieve as a duo, that I don’t think we want to take it individually just yet,” says Sklar. “However, we love comedy so much, that I don’t think we could stay away from it. If one of us couldn’t do it, I think the other would adapt to doing it solo, but I don’t think it would be the same. It would be difficult to figure out what you are after being part of a team, and it would be a crazy challenge to go through.”
THE SKLAR BROTHERS :: Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St. in Boston, MA :: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. both nights, $25 :: Advance Tickets