Seeing double is funny with The Hodgetwins
Twins Keith and Kevin Hodge bring their stand-up comedy from YouTube to concert venues
VISALIA – There’s nothing funny about insurance, but that’s where Internet sensation The Hodgetwins began their comedic career.
Twins Keith and Kevin Hodge grew up shoplifting hamburger meat and pasta from stores in Martinsville, Va. before they eventually went to college and obtained degrees in accounting and finance. During and after college, Keith and Kevin enlisted in the Marine Corps, worked as undercover security guards and eventually found jobs in insurance, which they weren’t all that interested in.
While working in an unsatisfying field, they started making YouTube videos on the side. On Dec. 25, 2008, the brothers uploaded their first video on their first YouTube channel, called The Hodgetwins. It was a comedy sketch that involved an argument inside a restroom. The channel eventually turned into a comedy channel where they would give their views on current events.
Once the channel gained traction, the twins eventually branched out to discussing different subjects. They started giving relationship advice, which was first suggested by one of their subscribers. After gaining traction on their first channel, The Hodgetwins focused on their personal fitness and started uploading videos on what is their most popular channel, Twin Muscle Workout.
Today, The Hodgetwins have over 2.1 million subscribers on one of their three YouTube channels, 607,000 followers on Instagram and 337,000 followers on Twitter.
Their online following convinced them to branch out and start doing in-person comedy clubs and concert venues instead of computer screens. Their vigorous and somewhat vulgar comedy is inspired by the likes of Richard Pryor and Bill Burr combining storytelling and physical humor of their relationships, job experiences and growing up poor.
The muscle-bound, funnymen will perform their stand-up comedy on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Visalia Fox Theatre. Tickets range from $29-$40 per person and can be purchased online at foxvisalia.org or at the box office, located at 300 Main St. in Visalia. Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m.