Comedy Coupling

Far from a novelty act or a Smothers Brothers ripoff, twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar have spent the past two decades inventing their unique brand of two-man standup comedy. The brothers are best known for the heralded sports-comedy show Cheap Seats, on ESPN, and recently starred in the Freakonomics-style History Channel series United Stats of America, taking a hysterical, by-the-numbers look at what makes this country so strangely wonderful.

“We did a lot of stuff together as kids, and in that time, we were always talking, developing a rhythm with each other,” says Randy. “What makes us unique is we can do something like deliver six punchlines in a row. One person can’t do that, but having two people to go back and forth with allows that. You contribute one thing and the other person contributes another. You get a feel for where one an-other is going to go — if you need to back off or jump in — after spending hours and hours together on stage.”

The Sklar Brothers will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, with shows continuing through Saturday. For tickets, $17 to $25, and showtimes, visit
Thu., June 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., 2013

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