Scrimshaw Brothers ring out 2010 with a case of denial

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The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past 12 months, to carefully weigh what has--and has not--been accomplished, and then blot all of the failure out with a night of heavy drinking. Joseph and Joshua Scrimshaw will be at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Friday night to help when they present The Year in Denial: The Scrimshaw Brothers New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza.

The Scrimshaws will be joined by Tim Uren, Eric Webster, and Shanan Custer for the show, which promises to not only look back at the past year, but also features "one ukulele song and a male Lady Gaga impersonator named Lord GuyGuy."

So business as usual for the two.

"We plan to take the title of our show very seriously," says Joseph Scrimshaw. "We'll be in total denial about things like sports, politics, weather, social media, our personal financial situations, and our utter failure at past years' resolutions. Of course, the more you try to not talk about something the more it seems like that's what you're actually talking about."

The past year has been a good one for the two. Each of their theater companies--Joseph's Joking Envelope and Joshua's Comedy Suitcase--had strong years, ending with typically off-kilter holiday offerings (Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1 and The Harty Boys Save Christmas).

"A dancer friend of mine once said performing with her partner is like 'coming home again.'  So it's like that--if home was a bitter history of fighting over who gets to play with the Luke Skywalker action figure," Joseph Scrimshaw says of collaborating with his sibling. "But it is great fun. We've got a very similar sense of humor and good stage dynamics from all those years of playing Star Wars together."

For Joseph, the past year saw him performing at San Francisco's Sketchfest, having the biggest hit at the 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival (The Damn Audition), and getting to play Dudley Riggs at the History Theatre.

"Also, Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager (Jeri Ryan) started following Joking Envelope on twitter. We'll see how long that lasts."


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