Picture a droll, African-American hipster: black-frame glasses, scraggly beard, flat-bill baseball cap and loose-fitting hoodie. Now double it, and you’ve got the Lucas Brothers, Kenny and Keith.
The twins, who once shared a single cell phone for nearly a year, spend practically all their time together and describe their relationship as “the most perfect example of a married couple.”
Business partners and best friends, the siblings got their start after both dropped out of law school and began doing standup together in Gotham. Though twin acts are more common than you might imagine in comedy, the Lucases’ unique wit and delivery has propelled them past small-club shtick and onto the bigscreen, where they stole scenes in “22 Jump Street” this summer.
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They’ve gotten good at pitching, too, resulting in a string of greenlights around town. Animated “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.” debuted on Fox last November, while sketch skein “Friends of the People” is set to launch on TruTV later this year. Next up is a live-action Fox show, which they hope to move to the pilot stage soon.
The two say they draw their inspiration from ’50s and ’60s-era comedy routines and try to embed a positive message within their work.
Though they finish one another’s sentences onstage, things work best if they split up during the writing process. “We’ll divide it evenly, and then we’ll edit the portion that we didn’t write, so it keeps the balance,” Kenny explains.