Sklar Brothers: "Focus on the Human Side of Sports"

Categories: Comedy, Q&A

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The good kind of bros

You know what's better than one guy doing standup? Two guys. And when those guys are twins, it's kind of mind-blowing. Randy and Jason Sklar have been major players in the comedy scene since the late-1990s and have grown along with the trends to truly embrace new forms of comedy. If the Sklar Brothers don't look familiar to you, you haven't stared at a screen in years. They have made cameos in every show from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Grey's Anatomy to Entourage. They are Hollywood's go-to for funny twins, and while they take on big roles, they also take time to carve their own niche in comedy that specializes in sports humor -- not to mention their healthy obsession with indie rock.

With so much experience and such varied obsessions, the Sklar Brothers have seen a recent resurgence. Multiple appearances on Comedy Central's new smash @midnight and a chance to express themselves wholly through the Sklarbro Country podcast have meant freedom to be funny in their own way. Randy and Jason Sklar are walking sports and comedy encyclopedias, and when we got the opportunity to interview them, we were left with no choice but to pick their brains about the evolution of comedy, their current music passion, and why working in comedy is the best it's ever been.

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Five Things I Learned Taking Sick Puppies Improv Classes

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Kate Weissing
Here I am, saying something very important and/or hilarious.

Among other wildly flattering words you could use to describe me, I am a comedy geek. I soak in Doug Benson podcasts like they are going out of style and can frequently be found down the rabbit hole of a YouTube standup binge sesh. I've read more comedian memoirs than there are Star Wars movies, and I can proudly recite almost every line of Wet Hot American Summer. Heck, I even interview comics for this publication.

Through years of fandom, I found one major common denominator within my preferred circle of funny: From Melissa McCarthy to Will Ferrell, most of my favorites got their start doing improv.

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Lily Tomlin on Being "the World's First Performance Artist"

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Greg Gorman

Lily Tomlin is a bonafide comedy legend. While her face is immediately recognizable to everyone with their eyes open, pinpointing your standout Tomlin moment can take some consideration. And that has everything to do with the fact that her comedy career started all the way back in 1970. Since then, she has ruled every level of funny. Your mom might love her for Nine to Five but your tanked-out little bro will know Tomlin as Kenny Powers' mom on Eastbound and Down.

But where Tomlin truly shines isn't on the screen, it's on the stage. Her one-woman shows give Tomlin the platform she needs to tickle every funny bone she can find. This is not your basic standup gig or simple storytelling. Tomlin kicks ass at playing different characters, even two at the same time. The 74-year-old, lifelong comedian always had a clear path that led her directly to making people laugh. Before she stops by the Kravis Center with her latest review next week, Tomlin took the time to chat with us. She shared her thoughts on the changing landscape of women in comedy with the detail that only someone with decades in the biz could. It's a special treat, and it's after the jump.

See Also: Steve Martin's Top Five Musical Moments; Soon to Bring His Bluegrass to Kravis with Edie Brickell

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Aziz Ansari's 10 Best Quotes at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, March 15

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When Aziz Ansari walked onto the stage at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood wearing a red velvet suit that can only be described as just really fucking cool, the crowd was already his. And it's not just because he's that guy from that thing.

The 31-year-old has been working harder than just about any comedian out there, releasing a new hour-long special each of the past two years, all while shooting movies, and starring in one of the most beloved comedies on television, Parks and Recreation. He's currently developing material for a fourth special, and the high-heeled, Bud-Light-sipping members of the 5,000-strong Hollywood audience couldn't have been giddier.


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Joan Rivers - Kravis Center, West Palm Beach - March 14

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How low can you go?

Is there anyone older and wiser and still on the microphone with as much vengeance as pop cultural icon Joan Rivers? There is not! Her comedy career dates back to the freaking Ed Sullivan Show. While her touring and television appearances have not slowed, the world is divided on the Rivers camp. Some can't get enough of the irreverent 80-year-old and others cringe at the thought of having to stare at her face in person for an hour.

One thing is for sure, throwing Rivers into the Kravis Center was a major shift in the dynamic. Her audience was densely populated with the exact people that she targets: her peers. That's right, Joan might be the oldest in the game but that doesn't stop her from hating old people. In fact, she hates a lot of groups. We all do, but at least she has the cajones to say it.

See Also: Joan Rivers' Best Standup One-Liners -- Many Farts, Not a Lot of Fashion


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Five Musical Ways to Cope With Your Long Commute

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Mike Rice
Is most of your life spent in a vessel like this, but way crappier? Then this list is for you.

Do you fear that too much of your life is spent on the road? Do you see your own mortality in the wide, grey, dismal tone of the turnpike? Do you feel your impermanence and the fleeting nature of time in the pit of your stomach while you struggle in futile attempts to listen to some halfway decent music, finally surrendering and choosing silence instead?Then this is the article for you!

Living in Broward or Palm Beach counties mean you're spending long hours in your car. Whether to visit your bubbie, get to work, or hit up the club. We here at County Grind feel your pain -- we're called County Grind for fuck's sake! -- and we specialize in sound, so we've compiled a list of musical ways to cope with your grueling commute. You're welcome!


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Richard Lewis: "I'm Not Going to Dress up Like a Hamburger"

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Phil Provencio
Making anxiety cool.

Johnny Cash might be known as the "Man in Black," but Richard Lewis could definitely take over that same title. Now famous for being Larry David's beloved frenemey on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the monochromatic comic has been deep in the comedy biz since the '70s. After a recent five month hiatus to give his brain a break, Lewis is back where he started: on the standup circuit.

Lewis isn't your basic punchline laden comedy artist. He's too anxious for that. Even after decades as a comic, he still doesn't know what words are going to come out of his mouth. He is the king of rambling for no reason and wouldn't have it any other way. When we chatted with Lewis, all it took was a simple hello for him to break into a full eight minute rant describing his current emotional state that ended with an abrupt, "And I don't know if Curb is coming back." Once we got him used to the idea that there would indeed be questions, Lewis cracked wise about everything from playing himself to being the only Jew on the set of 7th Heaven.

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Paul Mecurio: From Wall Street to The Daily Show

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The name Paul Mecurio might not instantly ring a bell, but you have no doubt been privy to his comedic stylings. The writer and standup comedian came into comedy not through extensive improv training but a career on Wall Street. What started as a comedy habit quickly turned into a double life, and now Mecurio is a full-blown comedian.

The Emmy-winning writer cut his teeth working for Jay Leno before nabbing a coveted seat in The Daily Show writer's room. Now as a traveling standup and host of his own podcast, The Paul Mecurio Show, this guy is showing no signs of slowing down. Mecurio is the audience warm-up comic on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, and lucky for us, he set aside some time on the set of Colbert to chat about his big career swap, why The Daily Show keeps creating stars, and scoring an interview with another more musical Paul.

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Jeff Ross Sees Roasts as "a Real Showcase for New Comedians"

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The roast with the most

Each year when Comedy Central announces a new roast, everyone has two questions on their mind: 1. Who will the target be, and 2. What will Jeffrey Ross do? Now dubbed the Roastmaster General, Ross has made a living out of tearing people to shreds. He killed so many roasts, the network had to give him his own show. But Ross became a permanent figure in comedy long before getting sent home the first week of Dancing with the Stars.

Now Ross' jokes stand out no matter who is in the room. With upcoming shows in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Ross isn't just flying down just to escape the cold weather. He takes funny business seriously. And while Ross seems like a guy who only talks in insults, we found him warm and passionate about keeping his act the best it can be. Before he migrates South, we chatted with Ross about vets coming to his shows, what we can expect from the next season of The Burn and why he encourages everyone to embrace roast-worthy behavior.

See Also: Comedy Central Up Next Talent Search at the Palm Beach Improv Picks a Winner

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Rosie O'Donnell - Palm Beach Improv - January 10

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Rosie has something to say.

Love her or Donald Trump-level hate her, Rosie O'Donnell is a kind of a big deal. Chances are pretty good you spent a childhood afternoon, or fifty, watching The Rosie O'Donnell Show back when her face was a daily television habit. Having left that post back in 2002, Rosie's heyday might be long gone, but she never truly left the spotlight, especially when making a habit of ruffling feathers on The View. So when she took over the Palm Beach Improv this past weekend, we assumed Rosie was fleshing out some new material in front of a live audience in preparation an an upcoming standup special. But instead, it looks like she might be looking for a new outlet to express an issue very near and dear to her.

See also: Review: Artie Lange at the Palm Beach Improv


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