Randy and Jason Sklar work well together. The twin brothers were hosts of ESPN Classic’s “Cheap Seats,” played conjoined twins on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” and even had supporting roles in the 2001 comedy “Bubbleboy.” Staff Writer Katie O’Driscoll spoke with Randy Sklar about what it’s like working with his twin and what the future holds for them.
Katie O’Driscoll: You were originally encouraged to go to law school. Not for you?
Randy Sklar: In the mid ’90s, the attitude was that if you were an English or history major, and you didn’t know what you wanted to do, you went to law school. No one in our family had a career in entertainment before. Fortunately it worked out, because you don’t need two more lawyers in this world.
KO: When did you start performing?
RS: We started when we were 14 years old. When our parents had friends over to play bridge, we would recite Jerry Seinfeld’s act to them and they would crack up. So we thought, “Let’s see if we can write some of our own stuff.”
KO: Did you have to prove to everyone that your act wasn’t just a gimmick?
RS: We knew that [being] twins made us unique, but it was our original work that made us funny. Our view on life is shaped by our twinness, but not in an overt way.
KO: How much practice does it take to become in sync with one another?
RS: We rehearse bits before we do them, but we’ve developed a confidence and familiarity with each other on stage. In the moment, we develop things and we end up surprising each other.
KO: What’s next for you guys?
RS: We’re in talks with ESPN. We also have a couple movies coming out in March. We’ll be in [the film] “Wild Hogs,” with John Travolta and William H. Macy. We’re also in a movie college kids are going to like called “The Comebacks.” with David Koechner.
The Sklar Brothers will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in IC Square. Admission is free.