Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review: Sklar Bros. deliver best McCrory joke at Comedy Zone

When I walked into the Comedy Zone, Jason Sklar (or maybe it was Randy) told me the comedic twins were looking forward to unveiling new Charlotte-specific material. I figured they would deliver the now mandatory jokes about HB 2.

"We're here, we're queer, the governor's not used it!"

That one was okay, but I loved, loved, loved the one about Governor Pat McCrory versus Mayor Pat McCrory. I don't want to spoil it. It's definitely one of the most creative takes on the HB2 debacle.

The Sklar Brothers didn't limit their local jokes to HB 2 nor did they simply name-drop Charlotte places, like most entertainers. They poked fun at everything from Price's Chicken Coop to the plethora of restaurants uptown.

My other favorite was their take on the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

"You get to see what it's like to have Tony Stewart try to kill you."

Or maybe it was the one about the NASCAR Racing Experience. It involved Elevation Church.

At least the first 15 minutes of the Sklar's performance consisted of jokes and observations about Charlotte and Raliegh - the confederate statue in the state capitol.

Then they launched into their more standard material about everything from the Kennedy assassinations to the Golden State Warriors to fatherhood - a daddy strip club. It was easy to tell why Jason and Randy Sklar have appeared on "@Midnight," "Entourage,"  and other shows. They are pop culture encyclopedias about current and past events.

Onstage they finish each others' jokes. Watching them onstage feels like you're listening to a couple of buddies at a bar, interrupting each other as they tell stories. It's a volley of words and laughter.

The Sklar Brothers perform Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Comedy Zone.



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