Farrell Randal "Randy" Sklar and Jason Nathan Sklar, professionally known as the Sklar Brothers, are American identical twin comedians and actors. They hosted the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic, which came to an end on November 19, 2006, after four seasons. Randy and Jason grew up in suburban St. Louis, they went to the University of Michigan. While enrolled, they decided to pursue a career in comedy. In 1994, they moved to New York. In the summer of 1997, Jason and Randy starred in and wrote for MTV's sitcom/sketch/standup program Apt 2F, it was their first television work. The show lasted one season; the Sklar brothers have appeared in television shows such as CSI, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Mighty Med, Childrens Hospital, Law & Order, Providence, The Oblongs, Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They appeared on season 3 of Better Call Saul as the owners of a music shop called ABQ In Tune; the Sklars have appeared in the films My Baby's Daddy, Bubble Boy, Wild Hogs, The Comebacks.
The brothers were pit reporters on Comedy Central's Battlebots. Randy appeared on an episode of Take Home Chef, where his wife and chef Curtis Stone surprised him with a gourmet dinner of Beef Wellington, they have appeared numerous times on Chelsea Lately. They have appeared on Comedy Central's @midnight, they produced and starred in a special that ran on ESPN 2 called Utilityman: The Quest for Cooperstown a lighthearted yet somewhat serious attempt to get seminal utility baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980s José Oquendo into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Randy has appeared numerous times on the Forum on Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN and Rome on CBS Sports, they appear monthly on Rome on Showtime in a segment called Sklarred for Life. They appeared in the 2008 Microsoft film VoIP, they fill in as guest hosts for Jim Rome on his National and North American syndicated radio show on Premiere Radio on CBS Radio. They participated on NPR's southern California affiliate KPCC's The Madeleine Brand Show as sports correspondents.
They produced two Sports Pilots called Sklar Talk for NPR's KPCC that both aired in 2011. The Sklars are frequent guests on the podcasts Never Not Funny and World Football Daily, they have appeared on AST Radio, Jesse GO! and Battleship Pretension, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made It Weird, Professor Blastoff. They were featured in the Troma production Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV as Jason Gonzales and Randy Diaz, a pair of Tromaville Anchormen. Randy and Jason are featured in an ad campaign by running apparel company Brooks. In August 2010, they made a cameo appearance in the web comedy The Legend of Neil in season 3 episode 3, depicting two football-loving'Armos' statues. In 2012, the twins began to appear in what would become a series of commercials for Time Warner Cable. In February 2014, the brothers recorded their first one-hour stand-up special at the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wisconsin; the special premiered on Netflix on April 25, 2014 and the CD/DVD dropped on iTunes on Tuesday April 29, 2014.
The brothers uniquely framed their special as if it were an NFL playoff game with Rich Eisen leading a roundtable discussion of the brothers' comedy on an NFL Network set, along with future Hall of Fame Defensive Lineman Dwight Freeney, NY Giant Defensive Back Terrell Thomas, actor and former Georgia Bulldog football player Omar Dorsey. In addition the ubiquitous sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein makes a cameo, interviewing the brothers pre- and post-show; the stand up special features a pre-game breakdown by this crew, a halftime report, a post game wrap up. The stand up special titled What Are We Talking About will be available on Netflix instant streaming for three years after the April 25, 2014 premiere. Randy Sklar is married to Amy Sklar, an interior designer, featured on HGTVs Design Star and they have two daughters. Jason is married to Dr. Jessica Zucker, a fertility therapist who created her own line of critically acclaimed pregnancy loss cards, they have a daughter. While on a special Mother's Day themed episode of @midnight with their mother, she was asked to pick her favorite son.
Starting in 2004, Randy and Jason appeared on Cheap Seats, on which they played fictitious ESPN research assistants who end up hosting a comedy show as they comment on odd and notable sporting events from ESPN's extensive library. Cheap Seats borrowed its format from Mystery Science Theater 3000; the cast of MST3K were pleased with the show and afforded it a high honor - they appeared in the second season opener in their normal silhouette format, making fun of the Sklars' host show bits. So far it is the only time Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy have appeared as their MST3K characters Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo since MST3K was cancelled; the brothers co-wrote with Nick Kroll the web series Layers, directed by Michael Blieden, on which they played twin publicists Larry and Terry Bridge. Their web series Back on Topps was produced by Vuguru, the online production company of Michael Eisner, it won two Streamy Awards. In 2010, the online network Crackle released Held Up, an original series written by the brothers and starring Kaitlin Olson of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Held Up tells the story of a bored bank teller’
Rochelle is a city in Ogle County, United States. The population was 9,574 at the 2010 census, up from 9,424 at the 2000 census. Rochelle is 80 miles west of Chicago and 25 miles south of Rockford. Named Hickory Grove, the town sits at the intersection of two rail lines. Having a number of granaries holding corn and other crops for shipping eastward, the town was an important rail link for farmers. During the Civil War, an arsonist burned some of the granaries, he was hanged him from a tree. The town was called Hang Town by locals and travelers. In the local pharmacy, some of the city fathers were discussing the problem of lack of people coming to reside in the town, it was agreed. One of the men reached up on a shelf and picked up a bottle of Rochelle Salts, saying Rochelle would be a good name for the town. After World War II, Rochelle grew, becoming a center for Swift Meat Packing and Del Monte canned vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, peas. Now the town hosts Nippon Sharyo, a Japanese maker of railroad passenger cars for commuter lines and regional corridor routes operated by Amtrak, as well as a meat packing plant owned by Hormel Foods.
On April 9, 2015, parts of the city suffered damage. Rochelle is located along the Kyte River, it is located near the junction of Interstates 39 and 88. According to the 2010 census, Rochelle has a total area of 12.919 square miles, of which 12.9 square miles is land and 0.019 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 9,424 people, 3,688 households, 2,415 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,260.9 people per square mile. There were 3,895 housing units at an average density of 521.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.81% White, 1.14% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 8.69% from other races, 1.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.16% of the population. There were 3,688 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families.
Of all households 29.3% were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $37,984, the median income for a family was $46,563. Males had a median income of $35,890 versus $25,058 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,139. About 7.6% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over. Rochelle is served by two separate school districts. Rochelle Community Consolidated District 231 serves limited areas just outside town. District 231 has four elementary schools serving grades K–5: Abraham Lincoln Elementary, Central Elementary, Floyd J. Tilton Elementary, Phillip May Elementary.
The district operates one middle school, Rochelle Middle School, serving grades 6–8. Rochelle Township High School District 212 operates Rochelle Township High School. About half of the high school's students come from Rochelle and District 231. There is a private school named, St. Paul Lutheran School which enrolls children from the age of three, up through the eighth grade. Rochelle Railroad Park has spawned many imitators, such as the Railroad Platform in Folkston, Georgia. For many years the Whitcomb Locomotive Works, founded by George Dexter Whitcomb, manufactured industrial locomotives as well as the Partin Palmer automobile, in Rochelle. Rochelle is home to Union Pacific’s Global III Intermodal Facility. At the time it opened. Construction on the state-of-the-art facility was completed in 2003; the Illinois River Energy ethanol plant is located in Rochelle. Rochelle operates Rochelle Municipal Airport. Rochelle is known as the "Hub City" because of its location at the intersection of several major transportation routes.
The first transcontinental highway in the United States, the Lincoln Highway, passed through Rochelle, as did US-51, one of the first highways to go the full north-south length of the United States. Both these roads have diminished in importance, but Rochelle continues to be crossed by major highways Interstates 88 and 39. Besides roadways, Rochelle is crossed by two major rail lines; the effect, as seen on a map, was one of the spokes of an old wagon wheel meeting at the "hub", thus the nickname was born. Today dozens of businesses carry the moniker "Hub City", including furniture stores, shopping centers, realty firms, dry cleaners, many others; the local high school's teams are known as the "Hubs". Rochelle was once a stop for passenger trains operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Q
LA Weekly is a free weekly alternative newspaper in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1978 by Jay Levin, who served as president and editor until 1991. Voice Media Group sold the paper in late 2017 to Semanal Media LLC. According to its website, LA Weekly has been the premier source for award-winning coverage of Los Angeles music, film, culture, events." The LA Weekly recognizes outstanding small theatre productions in Los Angeles, with their annual LA Weekly Theater Awards, established in 1979. Starting in 2006, LA Weekly has hosted the LA Weekly Detour Music Festival every October; the entire block surrounding Los Angeles City Hall is closed off to accommodate the festival's three stages. Some of its most famous writers were Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold, who left in early 2012, Nikki Finke, who blogged about the film industry through the Weekly's website and published a print column in the paper each week, leaving in June 2009 after the blog she founded, Deadline Hollywood Daily, was acquired by an online firm.
The paper was founded in 1978 by Jay Levin, who served as its editor from 1978 to 1991 and its president from 1978 to 1992. Levin put together an investment group that included actor Michael Douglas, Burt Kleiner, Joe Benadon and Pete Kameron; the majority of its core of initial staff members came from the Austin Sun, a similar-natured bi-weekly, which had ceased publication. Although some former employees have complained about personnel moves since the Weekly's parent company's acquisition by New Times Media in 2004, the paper has won a Pulitzer Prize, broke the story of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer; some of those disgruntled ex-employees complained when New Times replaced news editor Alan Mittelstaedt with veteran New Times editor Jill Stewart. But in the 2009 LA Press Club Awards, the Weekly won six first-place awards, including three by staff writer Christine Pelisek, honored as the city's best reporter in investigative reporting, hard news, news feature. Harold Meyerson, once the Weekly's political editor, charged in a departing email to Weekly staffers in 2006 that the new owners had grafted a cookie-cutter template for editorial content onto the publication.
Writers once associated with the Weekly but let go by the paper's current management include Meyerson, classical music critic Alan Rich, theater critic Steven Leigh Morris, film critic Ella Taylor, columnist Marc Cooper. Internal cut backs have resulted in the paper eliminating the position of managing editor, letting go several staff writers and other editorial department positions, as well as cutting the entire fact checking department. On June 1, 2009, the paper announced that Editor-in-Chief Laurie Ochoa, who began helming the paper in 2001, was "parting ways" with the Weekly. On that same day, ads for her replacement appeared on Journalismjobs.com. Though some speculated that Stewart was a shoo-in for the position, the job went to Drex Heikes of the Los Angeles Times; when Heikes left in 2011, he was replaced by Sarah Fenske. Weekly management said. However, some of the cuts are attributable to philosophical differences with the paper's then-owners, who have since sold the chain. Former staff writer Matthew Fleischer said at the time that "as part of the company's'plug-and-play' management strategy, writers and ad directors were moved from city to city within the chain, without regard for local knowledge.
Any old-school Village Voice Media manager who resisted the metamorphosis was denounced as a'lefty,' a'throwback,' and worse. They were fired or fled."Since 2008, LA Weekly has hosted a food and wine festival, now dubbed The Essentials, that draws sizable crowds. In 2009, former'Los Angeles Times food writer Amy Scattergood became food blogger at LA Weekly's Squid Ink, was promoted to food editor. In late 2009, the paper hired Dennis Romero of Ciudad magazine, as a full-time news blogger. Following the recession, in 2012 the paper added food critic Besha Rodell, a James Beard nominee and former food editor of Atlanta's Creative Loafing. In 2013, LA Weekly named Amy Nicholson as its lead film critic. In 2016, LA Weekly named multimedia journalist and Emmy-winning producer Drew Tewksbury as managing editor. In September 2012, Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Meda's papers and associated web properties from its founders and formed Voice Media Group.
The paper won journalism awards before and after this transition, with two of its news writers, Patrick Range McDonald and Gene Maddaus, winning the Los Angeles Press Club's nod for Journalist of the Year. For a time in the Los Angeles market, LA Weekly competed against two now-defunct publications, including Brand X and LA CityBeat, a smaller alternative weekly newspaper owned by Southland Publishing, which ceased publication in March 2009. Southland owns the Pasadena Weekly, The Argonaut on the Westside of Los Angeles, other print products in Southern California. In November 2017, the publication was sold to Semanal Media LLC. In December 2017, it was revealed that the new owners of Semanal Media LLC are men from Orange County and include "David Welch, a Los Angeles-based attorney with ties to the cannabis industry.
Upright Citizens Brigade
The Upright Citizens Brigade is an improvisational and sketch comedy group that emerged from Chicago's ImprovOlympic in 1990. The original incarnation of the group consisted of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin. Other early members included Armando Diaz, Ali Farahnakian and Rich Fulcher. In 2013, Besser and Walsh wrote The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual; the Upright Citizens Brigade began performing sketch comedy at Kill the Poet in Chicago. Their first show was called Virtual Reality; the group followed with shows titled UCBTV, Conference on the Future of Happiness, Bucket of Truth, Big Dirty Hands, The Real Real World, Punch Your Friend in the Face. In 1993, the Upright Citizens Brigade were regular guests on stage at the New Variety produced and hosted by Richard O'Donnell at the Chicago Improv comedy club, 504 N. Wells. In 1996, the Upright Citizens Brigade relocated to New York and began performing shows and offering improv training at Solo Arts Group.
These shows and classes were so popular that the UCB were able to open their own theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at 161 W. 22nd Street in Chelsea on February 4, 1999, in a former nude dance club. On April 1, 2003, they moved to a new space at 307 W. 26th Street. On November 30, 2017, they moved again to 555 West 42nd Street in Hell's Kitchen. In July 2005, the UCB opened at the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles at 5919 Franklin Avenue. In 2011, UCB opened a second New York City theater and bar space in the East Village, UCB East, which ran smaller-scale shows for $10 or less; the UCB East permanently closed on February 9, 2019. In its stead, the group now offers three nights of programming per week in the nearby SubCulture theatre on Bleecker Street; the Upright Citizens Brigade has been a featured performance in the Comedy Tent at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, for the past three years. The original group, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Amy Poehler have had two TV shows—Upright Citizens Brigade and The UCB Show—and their show ASSSSCAT has been televised twice.
In addition to this they had a TV movie called Escape From It's a Wonderful Life and appeared weekly on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the 90s. In the way of film, in 2002 they created and starred in the film Martin & Orloff, made another movie in 2007 titled Wild Girls Gone. Neither film was successful or well received; the group has participated in web series including the ongoing series UCB Comedy Originals, created in 2008, which shows sketches, I Hate Being Single, created in 2012. In 2016, Universal Cable Productions announced signing Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal; the Second City The Groundlings ImprovOlympic Under Brian. High-Status Characters: How the Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed a City, Started a Scene, Changed Comedy Forever. Brooklyn: Megawatt Press. Official website
Steven Robert Dahl is an American radio personality and humorist. He is the operator of the Steve Dahl Network, a subscription-based podcasting network. Dahl broadcast with Detroit stations WABX and WWWW and with Chicago stations WCKG, WDAI, WLUP, WMVP and WLS, he served as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune in their Live section as the resident "vice advisor" until November 2010. Additionally, Dahl has served on the Board of Trustees at Columbia College Chicago. Dahl's radio show takes an "every guy" approach to life in Chicago and Dahl tells bucolic stories about his life and family on the air. Dahl is well known in Chicago for his song parodies and his impressions, he is considered a pioneer in talk radio and has been influential for many other radio personalities. He gained a measure of national attention after the Disco Demolition Night promotion at Comiskey Park, he is known in Chicago for his longstanding former role as one half of the "Steve and Garry" team. In addition to his radio career, Dahl is a singer and guitarist.
His band, Teenage Radiation and performed a number of song parodies and since 1990 he has performed and recorded as Steve Dahl and the Dahlfins. Dahl is an occasional actor, has appeared in films such as Grandview, U. S. A. Outing Riley and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. Dahl grew up in California, he is the son of Roger and Carolyn Dahl, an electronics parts manufacturer's representative and a homemaker. In the 9th grade, Dahl began hanging around a local underground radio station, KPCC-FM, in his home state of California. At the age of sixteen, after he started working at the radio station full-time, he unofficially dropped out of high school. Dahl explained, "I convinced my parents and the school that I would do an independent work-study thing. I never got around to it." At the age of eighteen, he obtained his GED and married a woman he met after she called him on-air to request Suzanne, a song by Leonard Cohen which told a tale of a troubled relationship. Dahl explained his short-lived marriage by commenting, "I should have paid more attention to that song."Dahl was told by radio executives that he'd never make it in radio because his voice was too high.
At one point, Dahl was so discouraged that he quit for about six months and attempted to pursue a career as a recording engineer. However, this never amounted to anything more than making mix tapes of popular songs for play on airplanes. Throughout this time period, he was making efforts to reconcile with his ex-wife, who by was dating the program director at the Los Angeles radio station where she worked, he admitted to stalking her by sleeping in his Subaru outside her house. In 1976, Dahl's ex-wife told him about an opening for a morning show in Detroit, Michigan on WABX, he managed to secure the job, despite the fact. At WABX, Dahl learned as much as he could about what constituted "good radio" and began experimenting with his content, his popularity increased to the point. During his time at WABX, Dahl was introduced to Janet, a junior high school English and drama teacher in a Detroit suburb, casually dating a friend of his and was a listener of his show; the two hit it off after Dahl invited her to a "hump day" broadcast he was doing from the camel area of the Detroit Zoo.
WDAI executives in Chicago, attracted by Dahl's 7.1 share, approached him and offered to double his salary to $50,000 a year. However, Janet did not want to leave her family in Detroit and he did not want to leave her; this prompted Dahl to ask his bosses for $35,000 a year to stay in Detroit. They flatly refused by telling him to "Go fuck yourself. Go to Chicago. Fall on your fat face." In 1978, after Janet accepted his marriage proposal, Dahl left Detroit for WDAI in Chicago. Dahl began at WDAI Chicago on February 23, 1978 with his solo "Steve Dahl's Rude Awakening" show, but it never achieved solid ratings despite media attention. Ten months on Christmas Eve, 1978, WDAI changed formats from rock to disco and fired Dahl. In March 1979, after a few months without a job, Dahl was hired to do a morning show at WLUP where he met overnight DJ Garry Meier. Shortly thereafter, the two began a cross talk that led to Meier being teamed up with Dahl as both sidekick and newsman. Dahl forced Meier to use his actual name by calling him "Garry" on-air accidentally.
After discussing the subject, again, on-air, Meier dropped his pseudonym. In response to Dahl's firing from WDAI, Dahl and Meier mocked and heaped scorn on disco records and WDAI on the air. Dahl recorded and started playing a parody of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", which he called "Do You Think I'm Disco?". The song managed to crack the national charts to peak at No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received airplay across the country. During this same time period and Meier, along with Mike Veeck, Jeff Schwartz of WLUP Sales and Dave Logan, the WLUP Promotions Director, came up with a radio promotion and tie-in to the White Sox called Disco Demolition Night which took place on Thursday, July 12, 1979; the concept was to create an event to "end disco once and for all" in the center field of Comiskey Park that night by allowing people to get tickets at the box office if they brought $0.98 (for WLU
Todd Steven Glass is an American stand-up comedian from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Glass was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he first began performing stand-up comedy in Philadelphia in 1982 while attending Conestoga High School. He made his earliest television appearances in the late 80s on A&E's An Evening at the Improv and in the early 1990s on several Comedy Central stand-up programs. Glass is best known for his appearances as a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared on programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, The Dennis Miller Show, Politically Incorrect, Tosh.0, Mr. Show with Bob and David and Steve and had his own Comedy Central Presents special in 2001, he co-hosted the podcast Comedy And Everything Else with fellow comics Jimmy Dore and Stefané Zamorano, but left the podcast in September 2009. His departure was announced on November 28, 2009 episode. However, he has returned as a guest on several episodes since leaving.
In 2001, Glass released his debut stand-up album called Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap and was featured on the two CD set of the Comedy Death-Ray, a compilation album of various stand-up comics performing at the popular Comedy Death-Ray comedy showcase at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. His most released album Thin Pig, was released on July 7, 2009 on Comedy Central Records. In August 2011, his new podcast The Todd Glass Show debuted on The Nerdist podcasting network, he hosts the show along with frequent co-host Eric Ohlsen and a regular lineup of guests and crew including comedians Rory Scovel and Blake Wexler, audio engineers Katie Levine, Aristotle "Jet Ski" Acevedo, musicians Lynn Shore and Joe MacKenzie, who write and perform many of the show's various "jingles" and audio cues. Glass tours regularly, it has been rated the #1 podcast by the Podcasters Association of America every year since its debut. On April 16, 2010, Glass collapsed backstage at a Los Angeles comedy club after suffering a heart attack.
Glass appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show only nine days talking about his recent "brush with death". Glass said he found out he had 100% blockage in his arteries and following an angioplasty, declared that he was doing fine. Glass blamed these health problems on bad genetics. Both parents had a history of heart problems. On December 20, 2012, Glass talked about his heart attack on the Adam Carolla Show, said that he had lost 30 pounds since the incident, he had stopped smoking, that he had started taking the drug Lipitor to prevent further heart attacks. Glass came out publicly as gay on January 16, 2012, during an episode of fellow comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast; the information had been known to friends and family, Glass explained that he was worried about coming out publicly, but the recent string of suicide among LGBT youth motivated him to do so. Vintage Todd Glass and Other Crap Thin Pig Comedy Central Records—Digital Album "Todd Glass Talks About Stuff" "Todd Glass: Act Happy" Comedy Death-Ray Comedy Central Records The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy.
Simon & Schuster, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4767-1441-7. Todd Glass on IMDb Official homepage Todd Glass on MySpace The Todd Glass Show Podcast