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5 Funny Brother Duos Making It Big in Comedy

Jay and Mark Duplass

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This week, Comedy Bang! Bang! is getting half a taste of the Duplass brothers, as Mark is hitting up the IFC comedy series for some fun. This is kind of a big deal as he and Jay have a brought a new original series to HBO, Togetherness, and the pair have inked a major deal with Netflix for a crap ton of cool stuff coming our way.

You can see Mark drop in to rile up Scott Aukerman this Friday night at 11p, but his upcoming appearance got us thinking: there’s kind of an above average number of brotherly comedy couplings happening right now. The number itself might not seem like a lot, but any number larger than three already feels like a lot.

5. Mark and Jay Duplass

Mark might be the face of this brotherly duo — his acting career is more widely recognized by mainstream audiences, though Jay has earned raves for his role on Amazon’s Transparent — but he makes magic when combined with his brother. The two have been collaborating together since the ‘90s. Some of their feature film work includes The Puffy Chair, Baghead and the more well-known Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. But now the two are making four original movies just for Netflix, which is exciting for fans of this burgeoning indie double threat.


4. James and Dave Franco

The Francos may not have collaborated on much — one is a more, shall we say, “experimental” kind of actor and filmmaker, while the other is more into raunchy comedies — but both continue to make headlines. Franco loves teaming up with his buddies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, appearing in everything from Pineapple Express to This Is the End and opposite Rogen in the highly controversial The Interview. Franco, on the other hand, has found camaraderie with a different flock that includes the likes of Zac Efron, Channing Tatum,  Jonah Hill and now Vince Vaughn (with his upcoming film Unfinished Business).


3. Luke and Owen Wilson

What’s great about Luke and Owen is that they’ve found success in working together and going down their own paths. These bros have appeared together in only four films — Around the World in 80 Days, The Wendell Baker Story, Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums. But both have tackled a variety of genres. Owen recently appeared in the Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel and in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, while Luke’s most notable recent film is The Skeleton Twins with SNL vets Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

See Owen in the trailer for his latest comedy, She’s Funny That Way, below


2. Marlon, Shawn and Keenan Wayans

Some of us — we’re guessing more than a few — don’t particularly care for some of the Wayans’ brothers works. (Let’s face it,  A Haunted House 2 should probably have stayed dead.) But you gotta hand it to them: they sure as hell know their audience. Admit it, there’s at least one of their films you would consider a guilty pleasure. How about the first Scary Movie movie, which is better than all the other Scary Movie movies? Or White Chicks? Can we get a Kickstarter going to get that sequel made?


1. Keith and Kenny Lucas

You know these lovable goofballs from their spotlight-stealing roles as twin brothers in 22 Jump Street. (They’ve also turned up in the sketch series Friends of the People and scored their own animated series on Adult Swim.) In that sense, it’s kind of crazy how these funny guys trying to make the cut in the New Jersey and New York comedy club circuits would become national sensations thanks to a few brief scenes. But these guys are hilarious! See for yourself in their stand-up bit from Jimmy Fallon.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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