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The ten best sets of twins in pop culture -- double the trouble!

Randy and Jason Sklar make a living off of their "twinning" jokes. The Sklar Brothers will be at the Comedy Works for a three-day run that starts June 27; in honor of their appearance in Denver, here's our list of the ten best sets of twins in pop culture.

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[jump] 10. Fred and George Weasley With tomato red hair, magic wands and mischievous pranks, these twins are crowd- pleasers. Though Fred and George aren't part of the main trio, they are a crucial part of the seven-part Harry Potter series. They helped rescue Harry from his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, faithfully made fun of Ron and his budding romance with Hermione, and gave wicked Professor Umbridge the ultimate middle finger with a fireworks display in the shape of a "W." And when they helping defeat "he who must not be named," Fred sacrificed his life for Hogwarts and the greater magical good. 9. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen For their amazing output alone, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen deserve a spot on this list. The girls grew up in front of us; we saw them as babies when they switched off playing Michelle Tanner on Full House, we helped them solve crimes when they played kid detectives in The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley and we watched them crush on numerous boys during their teenage years. And then we watched them get in some very adult trouble. 8. Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker Luke and Leia always felt an intense connection to one another -- which they later found out was the bond between twins. To be fair, they didn't know they were twins when they locked lips. But that brief flirtation with incest pales when compared to the burden of being sci-fi heros while carrying Darth Vader's genes. Continue reading for more twins in pop culture. 7. Robin and Maurice Gibb Three Aussie brothers banded together to create the Bee Gees; two were twins who sang at amazingly high pitches. Almost four decades later, when "Staying Alive" comes on KOSI 101, it's impossible not to do a little Saturday Night Fever dance move and belt this jam. 6. Tia and Tamera Mowry "Sister, sister I got my own mind I do my own style in my own time and now that everybody sees how different we have come to be." These sisters made it clear that even though they have the same face, they are not the same person. Their TV show, Sister, Sister, showed the lives of identical twin sisters who didn't meet until they were teenagers. Besides having their own show, Tia and Tamera twinned in the Disney original movies, Twitches and Twitches Too. 5. Cole and Dylan Sprouse Remember the cute little kid that Adam Sandler taught how to pee on a wall in public in Big Daddy? That kid was actually played by two actors who went on to wreak havoc in a Boston hotel and on a cruise. Double the trouble, double the fun. 4. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss The Facebook lawsuit is one of the most famous in pop-culture history -- so famous it inspired an Oscar-winning movie. The Winklevoss twins sued Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg for $140 million, claiming he'd stolen their social networking idea. Although the twins lost, they still walked away from their enemy as millionaires...and Olympic rowers. 3. Liam and Ryan Mcpoyle Even if you're not an It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan, the name "Mcpoyle" says it all. These brothers appear in several episodes throughout the the dark comedy, and create uncomfortably hilarious scenes. If you want to know what the Mcpoyles are all about, check out season 3 episode 4 -- and watch as the twins hold the gang hostage in their own bar. 2. Tegan and Sara Quin Some people don't realize that this indie act features twins -- which is odd, considering that Tegan and Sara Quin are identical twins. And since 2000, they've made a unique impression on the alternative music world with their chilling harmonizing voices. After releasing six albums, the twins are currently on tour with FUN, and will be in Denver August 21 and 22 to open for FUN at Red Rocks Amphitheater. 1. Julius and Vincent Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito wouldn't pass for twins in real life. But in the 1988 film Twins, the characters of Julius and Vincent Benedict are so funny and adorably messed up that you can believe they are twins. Humor is relative, after all.

The Sklar Brothers will perform at Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27 through Saturday June 29. Tickets are $17 to $25. For more information, visit

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Zoe Yabrove is a Denver native with an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s in special education. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools and contributes to Westword to get her writing fix.
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