The Sklar Brothers- Writers/ Hosts: You’re Doing It Wrong
When did you both realize you wanted to work in television?
We loved the medium for so long, knew early on that we wanted to one day do a set of comedy on TV at some point. That was our big goal in our early 20’s. Once we learned more and did more, we knew TV was a space where we could do the things we thought made us funny.
What advice do you guys have for college students who are looking to pursue the television industry?
Find out what you want to do in the TV industry, write, act, direct, produce, and then get to a place where you can witness TV being made. Get an internship in LA work for free or as a PA, learn what is done to make TV and then you will have a clearer picture of what you want to do. If you want to write or direct, start doing it on your own. Create don’t wait. The more you do or write the better you will get. Experience in this business is crucial on all fronts. Just dive in and then make yourself indispensable on every production you get on. That is how you rise up quickly. We’ve seen it happen a lot.
First job in the industry? What you learned from it?
Randy’s first job was working as a production assistant on the Sketch Comedy show for Comedy Central called “Exit 57” with Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Mitch Rouse and Jodi Lennon. It was a great experience and Randy made a lot of great connections on that show. Colbert eventually did the first episode of our first TV show “APT 2F” 3 years later. Randy learned about how funny things got made and how truly talented comedy people created great material.
Jason started as a talent coordinators assistant at Q2, QVC’s younger hipper channel and after a short time working there he convinced the president of Q2 to allow the two of us to do some interstitial work on the channel as The Warehouse Boys. It was fun and our first ever work on camera.
What is your writing/ producing process like?
Each of us line to bring in kernels of ideas and then we flush them out together and if it’s stand up, we figure out how both of us in the bit will elevate things. If we are writing our podcast it’s usually divide and conquer. If it’s a movie or TV, we like to be in the room together to riff and come up with the dialogue for scenes. It’s an extremely collaborative process no matter what we do.
Most writers work alone, how has it been working with each other? Do you guys often agree creatively?
We do still really enjoy writing together, having that person to bounce stuff off of or be that litmus test. We often agree. But there are times we don’t and that’s ok too. Defending your position can either strengthen it or expose the weakness so it’s a great exercise from time to time.
Most memorable moment from a project you guys have worked on?
Recording our last 1 hour stand up special for Netflix in Madison Wisconsin was a huge moment for us. Really special. We just did the USA show, “Playing House” and had a magical time and being able to carry the comedy of scenes in the movie Wild Hogs with John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, Bill Macy, Ray Liotta, and Steven Tobolowsky was a career highlight.
What show made you guys fall in love with television? What show are you guys currently loving?
TV has always been a love of ours. Shows when we were kids like “The Gong Show” or early “Letterman” or “Saturday Night Live” really shaped our ideas of what comedy could be. Then shows like “Seinfeld” “The Simpsons,” and Larry Sanders blowing our minds wide open to shows like “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Playing House.” We just love TV. Currently we love “Game of Thrones,” “Transparent,” “Catastrophe,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Drunk History,” “Last Man on Earth” and obviously we loved “True Detective” and “Mad Men.” It’s an amazing age for TV now the way you can take your time and tell stories. It’s rivaling movies. So we live it more than ever now. But we go back to watch Chuck Barris on “The Gong Show” just having fun, it was unpredictable and dangerously funny and irreverent and ANYTHING could happen. We fell in love with that instantly.