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The Defiant Thomas Brothers
(Chicago)
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The Show:

The Defiant Thomas Brothers are Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas. Known for their commanding stage presence, commitment to character and timing, and ability to mine laughs all along the sensitivity spectrum, the Defiant Thomas Brothers roamed the Chicago comedy stages in the pre-YouTube era when political correctness was only a child. Just over two years after they began running their sketch show once a week in a black box theater in Chicago's Uptown, they were invited to HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where they won the award for Best Sketch Group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords. A year later, they were gone. In 2015, they came back. After several much-anticipated runs in Chicago, they are performing for the first time in Toronto.

The Bio:

“Seth Thomas and Paul Thomas (no relations) of The Defiant Thomas Brothers were known for their social satire, not being afraid to talk about race, and their hilarious music. They were the acclaimed sketch comedy duo that in a very short amount of time took Chicago, and then New York at the HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, by storm — they won the award for best sketch group alongside best alternative act Flight of the Conchords. After scoring a development deal with Regency Television they continued to appear in festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and pop up in places like the cover of Time Out Chicago. In 2006 after four years of working together, the two split, leaving a hole in the sketch duo world.”

​– Splitsider (Los Angeles) Sept 10, 2015
“The Return of The Defiant Thomas Brothers”

“But the Defiant Thomas Brothers had quite the profile before then; they could well have rivaled Key and Peele, I have long thought, especially since they were similarly formidable writers.”

— Chris Jones, Head Theater Critic, ​C​hicago Tribune August 13, 2015
“What happened to Defiant Bros., now reuniting at Second City”

“Their return to Second City last fall was initially for a limited time, but as new and old devotees filled the theater every week, their run became open-ended. Early last summer, they took a hiatus to develop new material and again responding to demand, began traveling. Recent appearances include the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin.”

— Teme​ Ring, ​ChicagoNow September 21, 2016
“Defiant Thomas Brothers are back with a new show and I can’t wait to see what they do next!”

“I first had the chance to see them perform at Second City’s 2nd Annual Break Out Comedy Festival in Chicago last Spring and to call them “break out” is to do so in the strictest most industry-sense of the term. They’ve got it. They are out. They just haven’t yet landed that gig that will make them famous in the capital F sense of the word.”

— ​Interrobang (New York City) October 20, 2016
“The Defiant Thomas Brothers Are Back and Killing it at Chicago’s 773”

“While one wonders why these two never got a big shot at the “seamless” Hollywood comedy machine, it’s nice to have them back where they belong.”

— K​erry Reid, ​Chicago Tribune January 10, 2016