With appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Entourage” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” professional comedy duo the Sklar Brothers boast a broad and varied résumé.
Starting tonight and running through Saturday, Randy and Jason Sklar will return to the Comedy Attic for the first time in two years.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with additional shows at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Tickets range from $14 to $18 and may be purchased on the Comedy Attic’s website.
“The Sklars are the gold standard duo,” said Jared Thompson, owner of the Comedy Attic. “The connection they have leads the way they perform comedy to be that much better.”
The brothers’ features as conjoined twins in an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” and as feuding managers in “Entourage” have earned them critical acclaim.
Writing in regard to their “Entourage” appearance, Entertainment Weekly TV critic Paul Katz said, “In the hands of comedic masters, the Sklar Brothers, they made it soar.”
Despite this praise, the brothers do not let the fact of their being twins define their style.
“Their comedy accepts the reality of being twins but does not use it as a crutch,” wrote Neil Strausse in the New York Times. “They work with their physical and mental similarities and correspondences, their status as imperfect carbon copies of each other. In their comedy, the straight man is often an echo.”
Since 2004, the brothers have branched out from their stand-up and their TV and movie appearances to other forms of media.
In addition to appearances on the SportsCenter segment “The Bracket” and the weekly podcasts Sklarbro Country and Sklarbro County, the brothers were co-hosts of ESPN’s “Cheap Seats,” which Thompson referred to as “the most undervalued show that I can remember.”
“They’re so intense about watching sports,” he said. “I’ve never seen someone be that interested in anything. They’re like professional sports-watchers. Their level of knowledge is just unbelievable.”
For the Sklar brothers, entertainment is not limited to just comedy and sports. In 2012, the duo produced the music video “The Way It Is” for Canadian rock band, the Sheepdogs.
This versatility of styles and the bond the brothers share with one another led to an intensely distinct experience two years ago when the brothers last performed at the Comedy Attic, Thompson said.
“People were just so excited they were here in the first place,” he said. “They somehow took something that felt like a specialty act and made it into a traditional comedy show. They’ve taken the approach to a completely different level. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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