Identical twins, Kenny and Keith Lucas, whom you might also know as the scene stealers in “22 Jump Street,” released their very first Netflix comedy special on April 18, called “Lucas Brothers: On Drugs.” The duo is a regular fixture on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and has appeared everywhere from Comedy Central to Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival.
In a recent phone interview with the brothers, they label their brand-new stand-up special as “a companion piece” to their imaginative animated series, “Lucas Bros Moving Co.” It gives viewers a deeper look into their lives and takes them on a hilarious ride with two very funny co-pilots.
AXS got to chat with both Kenny and Keith about their new special and how exactly their journey started. “We were in law school and we both hated it,” Kenny recounted. “I called [my brother] up one night and said, ‘Hey let’s just become comedians. Let’s do it.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, f*ck it, let’s do it.’ So, he dropped out and I dropped out.” With no comedy aspirations growing up, the brothers told AXS that the real plan was initially about, “becoming hotshot corporate lawyers.”
Thankfully, for the rest of us, the Lucas Bros decided to take up comedy – which some might say we can attribute to Bret “The Hitman” Hart (Yes, the wrestler). The two characterize the former WWF world champion as someone whom they admire for his work ethic. “He just had a coolness about him,” Keith said. “He always executed to perfection. And he didn’t brag. He was very humble. You almost aspire for that sort of humility.”
By the time Fox’s “Lucas Bros Moving Co” was dreamt into existence, the guys were well on their way down their comedic path. Keith explained how they were first approached by an executive from Fox. “Kenny came up with this weird idea,” he said. “Where Brooklyn is taken over by Master P and his minions who build tanks. So we laughed about [it] and sent it to him. And he loved it. He flew us out to L.A. and we started to develop ‘Lucas Bros Moving Co’ from there.” Originally, the fantastical concept had the brothers as cable installers. But, they switched it to movers and with every pun intended, dove into the reference-heavy animated series; which also included voiceover work from comedians Jerrod Carmichael and Hannibal Buress.
More recently, Kenny and Keith can be seen starring alongside Maria Bamford as recurring characters on the Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite.” “Maria is a genius,” Kenny told AXS. “It was one of the greatest experiences that I can say I’ve ever had as a comedian.” Keith added, “It was such a brilliant concept and we adore Maria so being able to work with her was a treat.”
From Maria Bamford to Redd Foxx to Larry David, the twins’ love for comedy runs deep, which is why it’s so hard to tell how much of their routine is written and how much is improvised. The Netflix special is a hybrid of that, they explained, and roughly “15 percent” of their comedy is off-the-cuff. As to which 15 percent that is, it’s up to the viewer to figure out.
“It was just fun being able to finally get our material out,” Keith said about the special. “We’ve been working on it for so long and to finally be able to see it crystallize in this moment is surreal. It’s amazing.” Kenny told AXS, “We made it for us but we also made it for [our fans]. It’s super personal. It’s our honest version of comedy.”
Fans of the Lucas Bros and “Lucas Bros Moving Co,” now get to delve into the many layers of the pair when they check out “Lucas Brothers: On Drugs.” The two also shared the good news that they’ll soon be bringing their animated adventures back to TV in a new show for TBS.