Swords came together in the Spring of 2009, when Bradford Jordan and Lucas Kavner were both members of the PIT house improv team, Party Lights. After performing a few times together, they realized they had the same outlook on comedy: grounded, realistic, human characters in absurd situations. Also, lots of flapping penis jokes. But mostly honesty.
The next fall, they started performing together more often and ended up winning the PIT’s “Sketchprov” competition, which pits over 40 comedy groups against each other in a battle of sketch and improv. The final rounds were judged by writers and producers from The Colbert Report, Letterman, and various NBC shows. In January 2010, Swords began their weekly Friday night residency at the PIT – consistently selling out shows alongside veterans, The Nathan & Joe Show. They were nominated for ECNY and INNY awards for their comedy and kick ass photos (taken by the inimitable Eric Michael Pearson), and have since been lucky enough to perform with comedy luminaries, Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Matt Oberg, Ashley Ward, New Excitement, Harvard Sailing Team, and many others.
Their videos have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people and have been featured in Time Magazine, Politico, Vanity Fair, Comedy Central, and on Alabama local news station, WHNT, which is the best Alabama local news station in the world.