Get to know the town: Paul and Robbie Rescigno

Robbie Rescigno says he enjoys being an older brother to Paul, his twin. After graduating from Milford High School in 2002, the Rescigno brothers went on to college and New York City where they currently live and perform comedy shows. They recently came home to perform at the Milton Theatre.

Milton Theatre’s Fred Munzert said the pair with “razor- sharp wit” sold out the venue for their show on June 11.

twinsNames: Paul and Robbie Rescigno

Ages: 32-years- old

Hometown: Born in Brooklyn; grew up in Milford. Currently lives in NYC.

Educational background: Milford High School, 2002; Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from Syracuse University. Robbie also studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Occupation: Actors, TV production

Tell us what you’ve been up to since high school?

Robbie: “I was a page at NBC at the same time Paul was a page at the David Letterman show. Some people would come up to me and say, ‘Didn’t we just see you at David Letterman?’ My main job was as an audience coordinator. The theatre held about 475 people and we had to fill it for every show.”

Paul: “One of my jobs was as a freelance writer for the monologue. So I would submit jokes every morning. My goal was about one joke on the show a month.”

What’s it like in New York City?

Robbie: “It’s exactly the same except more expensive and more people. You find your community in the same way that Milford is in itself a small community. In NYC, you find your own small community. Most of the folks we went to school with primarily moved to NYC, so that helped. I spend a lot of time commuting on the subway. Where it takes about 20 minutes to go 20 miles in Delaware, it takes 20 minutes waiting for the train here.”

Paul: You can pretty much do anything here. If you’re sitting at home not doing anything, it’s because you’re choosing that. There’s so many things to do.”

What would you like to see in Milford?

Robbie: “I know it sounds silly, but I liked Milford. I always did when I was there.”

Paul: “I think at that point, when we lived there, it was Grotto’s. But now we have one! So stop it. You’re done. You know what I miss? There was a place that used to sell pizza bagels in the Airpark Plaza. I think it was called the Bagel Shop? They were ninety-nine cents. We need to bring that back. But I have to say, there’s always something new when we come down.”

What are your plans for your own futures?

Robbie: I allow myself to be surprised by life. We continue to work on shows. We have different scripts now with well over 100 songs. A number of different writers write our songs for us, but Paul and I write our scripts. We just have a plethora of material. So we’d really love to keep doing shows.”

Is there a secret behind the sweater vests?

Robbie: We were originally going to do bow ties. So Paul and I, when we were first gearing up to do the show, we didn’t want to dress just alike because that’s a little too on the nose. So we decided, well, my favorite color is blue and Paul’s favorite color is green.”

Paul: “They’ve kind of become their own things now. The characters that we play now love them.”

Robbie: “I do wear sweater vests in life.”

Paul: “Really? I don’t. Now after doing this for so many years, I’m done with it. Professionally, I wear the vests. Personally, I wear a cardigan. That’s a dirty secret. We actually do own, now because of the show, we own a disturbing amount of them. Some of the crew even have their own vests.”

Robbie: “ Yes. We have a leather vest, sequin vest, zip away vest, vest that lights up… Basically if we vanish and someone comes to the apartment, there would be a lot of questions.”

Why do you do comedy? Acting?

Robbie: “It boils down to the fact that it’s a ton of fun.”

Paul: “If we can make a good amount of people have a good night, then I’ve done my job.”

How do you define your own successes?

Paul: “If, at the end of the day, I am still feeling happy, have maintained my sense of humor and am feeling optimistic. Having fun is number one. Number two, eating and rent.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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