As stand up comedians, The Sklar Brothers get to travel this amazing country and experience incredible cities. What they’ve found is that each city has it’s own traditions, idiosyncrasies, and unique attractions. Whenever they headline comedy clubs they like to start all of their sets with 5 to 10 minutes of material they create that weekend based on their experiences within each city. This three-episode season is an audio documentary that captures their comedic process, taking the listener on their journey in each city and their comedic journey from the inception of a comedic idea through its development and finally ending with the polished jokes that open their act on stage in front of an audience. If done correctly it’s exhilarating, but if they misstep, the results can be disastrous. The excitement lies in the unknown. Can the Sklar Brothers pull it off? Can they find the funny in each city?
Buffalo is the birthplace of the Buffalo wing, as well as the final resting place of Rick James…bitch. It’s a city of late night partying, drunk driving, and hapless sports teams. It’s also a city filled with charm and quirkiness. It is the perfect location for the first episode of Finding The Funny. Listen as the Sklar Brothers try convert those quirks into comedy gold while consuming enough wings to kill a Shetland Pony. This is Finding The Funny…Buffalo! Produced by Scott Rogowsky and Alex Brizel.
After Cameron Crowe satirized Seattle in his 1992 classic film Singles, a single comedic question hung in the air like a thick Seattle mist. "Is there any more funny to be found in Seattle?” In episode 2 of FTF, the Sklar brothers explore hip neighborhood restaurants, legendary coffee houses, fertile record stores, local weed shops and even the top of the Space Needle in search of the quirks that make Seattle funny in 2015. What they find is that behind every brand new Amazon employee filled condo complex lurks a treasure trove of comedic gems just waiting to be mined. Here's the question: can Randy and Jason dig out comedy gold or will they go the way of the giant drill digging a tunnel near Pike's Place Market? You have to listen to find out. This is Finding The Funny: Seattle… produced by Scott Rogowsky.
Austin, Tx, is one of the worst kept secrets in America. With 140 people moving to the city every day, Austin's skyline boasts more cranes than an origami festival. Austin, with it's rich music and film history, has long been a place for anyone with a good JFK conspiracy theory to set up residence. But everyone in Austin will remind you that they remember when the city was better. This is the backdrop as Randy and Jason touch down and have three days to write 5 to 10 minutes of good Austin material for the comedy fans at Capitol City Comedy Club. Throughout the weekend, they along with producer Scott "Rags" Rogowsky, Randy and Jason go everywhere from BBQ to Whole Foods HQ... from record stores to honkytonk dancefloors in an effort to see if Austin has been kept weird. Can they do it? Can they bring to light new interesting quirks about a town that has been self reflexive ever since Richard Linklater made Slacker over a quarter of a century ago? To find out, you must listen to episode 3 of Finding the Funny...Austin.
Dallas Texas is home to delicious BBQ, and horrible assassinations. More importantly it's the site of our latest Finding The Funny. It’s a different set up comedically this weekend. Three different clubs in three nights. The first night the Sklars try to find out what to do in Plano besides heroin. The next night they battle angry drunk crowds in Fort Worth, and everything gets wrapped up in downtown Dallas on Saturday night. From the George W. Bush Library to the Grassy Knoll, this may prove to be the toughest weekend the boys have encountered to date. Listen to this episode to see if they can Find the Funny in Oil Country — This is Finding The Funny: Dallas.
North Carolina has had a bit of a bathroom problem lately, and the good people of Charlotte have been looking for someone, anyone to take shots at the transphobic laws and discriminating rhetoric that have cast a pallor over their city and state. Enter the Sklar Brothers. On this episode of Finding the Funny, Randy and Jason get political, religious, and philosophical. They get to throw out a first pitch at the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball game, ride along in a NASCAR at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and visit the now defunct Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker amusement park. No sacred cow is safe in the most controversial episode of this podcast to date. This is Finding The Funny: Charlotte!