ALBUM REVIEW: The Sklar Brothers
Twin duo let's it all hang out on third album
With the Sklar Brothers third album release, Hendersons & Daughters, who needs to be enslaved by the scheduling of a morning radio show program when you can have a much better option, on demand? Not that they can really be considered anything of the sort. It’s mostly that Randy and Jason Sklar deliver the banter and inflection of morning radio show hosts - but with the voice of Muppets and timing of seagulls. It’s an odd collection of traits that come together curiously well in an entertainingly upbeat fifty-minute set.
Hendersons & Daughters feels like – and is – cheeky banter between two long time buddies who just happen to be twin brothers. Taunting and chatting about various social fixtures from a sideline spectator’s perspective, the Sklar Brothers are able to apply a unique twist to their material, even those whose premises are almost hack. Their kick-off joke about Google’s autopopulate feature (a joke done by pretty much everyone from open-mic comics to Daniel Tosh) is able to take a clever turn and pull out genuine laughs. Where most comics would spin it immediately toward their porn obsessions, the Sklar brothers explore Google’s role as a mirror to our society, searching “Woman who had Face…” and Google’s heartbeat reply “…ripped off by chimp.”
But their charm and ability to keep relatively standard premises fresh is also one of the voids left in the album. Recorded in April 2011, a sizeable chunk of the album is dedicated to Arnold Schwarzenegger, beer commercials from 2006, the Karate Kid, and Creed. And a lot of the jokes aren’t as clever. If a power fuse blew mid-joke you’d be able to finish it in your head. Some lackadaisical jokes, like about the show ‘Hoarders’ and how they end up hoarding episodes, are funny to throw out with some friends but coming from them it feels like they settled a bit.
However, in spite of couple creative lulls and a few bland premises, you don’t walk away disappointed or bored. They accomplish what you assume they came to do, which is make you laugh. It is simplicity – rooted fundamentals really - with enough wit peppered in to bring about some amused grins in between the big laughs. This isn’t the cutting edge of comedy, and it isn’t going to bring about philosophical revelations about society, but it is what comedy is supposed to be: funny. (Stand-Up Records!)