By Dan Casey
In 2013, we saw something of a sketch comedy boom, as shows like Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang Bang, Nathan For You, Inside Amy Schumer, and more proved that sketch comedy is not just the purview of venerable series like SNL. IFC, in particular, has been spearheading this movement, and one of the best new shows to result from it is The Birthday Boys. Executive produced by and co-starring Bob Odenkirk, The Birthday Boys takes the eponymous sketch group’s unique sensibilities and lets them construct smart, riotously funny sketches that evoke, fittingly, forebears like Mr. Show.
It was also fitting that I caught up with three members of the group – Jefferson Dutton, Matt Kowalick, and Chris VanArtsdalen – around the corner from Los Angeles’ Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which is where the group got their start and eventually met their IFC co-conspirator Odenkirk. Before they took the stage this weekend at the Riot LA festival, I talked with the guys about how their comedy has changed over time, how they went from UCB sketch comedy show to television, and their advice to other looking to break in to comedy.
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