LAist Interview: The Sklar Brothers
Randy and Jason Sklar are two faces that you probably recognize; and not just because they share the same face. Born as identical twins, the pair have decided to stick with it, and have achieved a surprising level of comedic success, without having a 'good-looking one' to fall back on. They have since gone on to appear in numerous television shows and stand up houses all across America, including their successful Cheap Seats show that enjoyed a four-season run on ESPN Classic.
In fact, the Sklars are well respected in comedy circles, and can regularly be seen honing their craft around the Los Angeles area, sharing stage time with others you might have already heard of, and a few that haven't. Yet. LAist was fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with Randy to find out exactly what it is about comedy in LA that can be so daunting, and what makes people come back for more.
Where are you from, and what made you come to Los Angeles for comedy?
From St. Louis, Missouri. Went to college in Ann Arbor, Michigan, then went to New York for 5 1/2 years where Jay and I did stand up. In New York, we worked behind the scenes at cable networks, just to get a feeling for what was out there. We quit doing stand up because we hated our material. It was a growing process in New York, and then this kind of great underground comedy scene developed. It wasn't so underground, it was just alternative. It was kind of a response to the shitty comedy that was going on everywhere. So we latched onto that. We just had access and were exposed to such great stuff in New York. We did it there for five and a half years, did a show on MTV called Apartment 2F, and from there we were like 'OK, what are we gonna do? Are we gonna stay in New York and continue to do stand up because we were getting tons of spots a week, or, we started to develop a TV show in LA for NBC and Warner Brothers and HBO Independent Productions and it never went, but they kept sending us out to LA, and we started performing out in LA, and we're kinda like 'If we're ever gonna make it in this industry, we have to come out here.' We made the move after 5 1/2 years in New York and feeling like we had done pretty much what we wanted to do in New York, and we were ready to move.