|Randy and Jason Sklar|
The Sklar Brother at the Streamy Awards 2010
January 12, 1972 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Other names||Sklar Brothers|
APA, Agent: Scott Simpson booking agent = Gersh Agency, TJ Markwaltermanager = Principato/Young Entertainment, Joel Zadak
|Notable work(s)||"Apt. 2F", "Cheap Seats", "United Stats of America", Back on Topps, Held Up, Sklarbro Country|
|Spouse(s)||[Randy] Amy Sklar (2 children)|
Randall J. "Randy" Sklar and Jason Sklar (born January 12, 1972), professionally known as the Sklar Brothers, are American identical twin comedians and sportscasters. They formerly hosted the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic, which came to an end on November 19, 2006, after four seasons.
Life and career
Randy and Jason grew up in suburban St. Louis. They went to the University of Michigan, where they joined the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. While enrolled, they decided to pursue a career in comedy.
In 1994, they moved to New York where they developed their comedy style at stand-up comedy clubs. In the summer of 1997, Jason and Randy starred in and wrote for MTV's sitcom/sketch/standup program Apt 2F. It was their first television work. The show lasted one season.
The Sklar brothers have also appeared in television shows such as "CSI" "Comedy Bang Bang" "Mighty Med" "Childrens Hospital" Law & Order, Becker, Providence, The Oblongs (as conjoined twin brothers Biff and Chip Oblong), Entourage, Grey's Anatomy (as conjoined twin brothers Peter and Jake Weitzman), Curb Your Enthusiasm (Jason only), and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (as dance marathon DJs on the episode "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off"). The Sklars have appeared in the films My Baby's Daddy, Bubble Boy, Wild Hogs, and The Comebacks.
The brothers were pit reporters on Comedy Central's Battlebots. Randy appeared on an episode of Take Home Chef, where his wife and chef Curtis Stone surprised him with a gourmet dinner of Beef Wellington. They have appeared numerous times on Chelsea Lately. They have appeared on Comedy Central's "@midnight" They produced and starred in a special that ran on ESPN 2 called, "Utilityman: The Quest for Cooperstown" a lighthearted yet somewhat serious attempt to get seminal utility baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s, Jose Oquendo into the Baseball Hall of fame in Cooperstown Randy has appeared numerous times on the Forum on "Jim Rome is Burning" on ESPN and "Rome" on CBS Sports They appear monthly on "Rome on Showtime" in a segment called Sklarred for Life
They appeared in the 2008 Microsoft Film: VoIP As You Are:The Legend of Dan Wilson.
They regularly fill in as guest hosts for Jim Rome on his National and North American syndicated radio show formerly on Premiere Radio, currently on CBS Radio
They participated regularly on NPR's southern California affiliate, KPCC's The Madeline Brand Show as Sports Correspondents
They produced two Sports Pilots called "Sklar Talk" for NPR's, KPCC, that both aired in 2011
The Sklars are also frequent guests on the podcasts Never Not Funny and World Football Daily. They have also appeared on "AST Radio", "Jordan, Jesse GO!" and Battleship Pretension, "WTF[disambiguation needed]", "You Made it Weird", "Professor Blastoff",
Randy and Jason are featured in an ad campaign by running shoe and apparel company Brooks.
In August 2010, they made a cameo appearance in The Legend of Neil web comedy, season 3 episode 3, depicting two football-loving 'Armos' statues.
In 2012, the twins began to appear in what would become a series of commercials for Time Warner Cable.
Starting in 2004, Randy and Jason appeared on Cheap Seats, on which they played fictitious ESPN research assistants who end up hosting a comedy show as they comment on odd and notable sporting events from ESPN's extensive library.
Cheap Seats borrowed its format from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The cast of MST3K apparently were pleased with the show and afforded it a high honor - they appeared in the fourth season opener in their normal silhouette format, making fun of the Sklar's host show bits. So far it is the only time Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy have appeared as their MST3K characters Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, respectively, since MST3K was cancelled.
The brothers co-wrote with Nick Kroll, the web series Layers, directed by Michael Blieden, on which they played twin publicists Larry and Terry Bridge. Their web series, Back on Topps was produced by Vuguru, the online production company of Michael Eisner. It won two Streamy Awards.
In 2010, the online network Crackle released Held Up, an original series written by the brothers and starring Kaitlin Olson of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Held Up tells the story of a bored bank teller’s life-changing experience when two teams of bumbling bank robbers hold up his branch. They also started hosting a weekly Earwolf podcast series called Sklarbro Country in 2010.
The brothers wrote and appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter in a comedic segment called "The Bracket". Randy and Jason occasionally fill in for Jim Rome on The Jim Rome Show on radio. Randy occasionally appeared as a "Forum" guest on ESPN's Jim Rome Is Burning. Currently, the duo make appearances on the Showtime show Rome also hosted by Jim Rome.
United Stats of America
In 2012 the Sklar brothers hosted a television show on History titled United Stats of America. A "by the numbers" series, it featured interesting statistics about the U.S., mixed with experiments, stunts, and the Sklars' unique brand of humor. After one season, the show is currently on indefinite hiatus.
The Sklar Brothers host a popular weekly podcast called Sklarbro Country that is over 3 years old. They have described the podcast as the intersection of sports, comedy, and indie rock, the show has had guests ranging from Jon Hamm to Terrell Owens to Diablo Cody. Memorable episodes featured Richard Simmons, Patton Oswalt, the end of the year Character Specials, Jon Hamm, Rich Eisen, and Adam Carolla. Sklarbro Country was nominated for best podcast in the televised 2012 Comedy Central Comedy Awards.
In the summer of 2012, the Sklar Brothers added Sklarbro County to their weekly output of the podcast. Described as a shorter midweek snack of an episode, the show is co-hosted by up and coming character comedic actor, Dan Van Kirk. Dan finds crazy stories of people doing stupid or silly things and Randy, Jason, and Dan and a guest all riff as if it were a writers' room. Randy has described the show this way: "If a 30-person brawl breaks out at a Chuck E. Cheese in Tampa, FL at a 5-year-old's birthday party and the fight spills over into a Burlington Coat Factory parking lot, ending in someone defecating in an ex-boyfriend's hatchback… we'll be there to make fun of it." Sklarbro County is available weekly on Tuesdays, also on the Earwolf Network.
- AEPi: Notable Alumni
- "United Stats of America: New series May 8 on History". TV By The Numbers. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.