When I was thinking about my next feature, I went down the list of musicians I knew that everyone would enjoy. Then as I was looking on http://www.PensEyeView.com for further inspiration, I remembered two individuals I knew everyone would get a real kick out of. Although not musicians, together their harmonious ability to create some of the funniest material online today, has become something I couldn’t wait to tell my readers. After all, millions of viewers on line have fallen in love with – and been busted at work for watching – Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, the duo that makes up the hit webseries, JakeAndAmir.com of CollegeHumor.com fame. Jake and Amir are coworkers as well as “best friends who share everything!” (says Amir, that is) who became an instant hit when they started airing clips of their daily work life back in 2006.
I was fortunate enough to land an interview with the budding duo back in 2007 on http://www.PensEyeView.com and even hold the title as being their first taste of press. Since then of course, many have flocked to them for their ingenious banter and quotes about their everyday lives together. Millions of people have been enamored by their chemistry; Jake playing the cool guy and Amir the annoying friend, obsessed with anything Jake happens to find interesting.
JakeAndAmir.com, show the two separated by only computers backed up to one another, in a Seinfeld-esque style, discussing seemingly ordinary topics. Then filming interactions between two coworkers, such as music, clothes, an office tour and my all time favorite, when Amir surprises Jake at his parent’s house, for the weekend – hilarious!
Amir who majored in business at UC Berkeley always dreamed of a career in comedy and once an offer from CollegeHumor.com came along he didn’t think twice. Same goes for Jake, who was more than happy to land at CollegeHumor.com. Jake describes their meeting as purely happenstance, “We met in September of 2006. We didn’t really have any idea we would “work” on anything like this together. But when we moved offices Amir and I had new desks that were directly across from each other. We started joking around all day and then we just decided to film it.”
“Video it.” Amir adds.
“Same thing,” Jake corrects.
“Not really,” Amir adds.
“Next question,” Jake says, as usuall feeling it necessary to make up for Amir’s eagerness and confusion.
With such constant material being developed, I wondered if maybe people get wrapped up in the “TV” Jake and Amir versus the real life people. “I actually have gotten e-mails asking if this is what Amir is really like,” Jake tells me. Adding, “We pretty much play our characters nonstop in every conversation we have, so the videos are more or less real life.”
Amir is quick to point out though that fame does however have its drawbacks, “I think some people think I’m a huge loser. People have said that to me… they haven’t even seen JakeAndAmir.com either. Pretty weird.” Don’t worry Amir, I love you and so do millions – don’t listen to the haters.
The duo’s creative sense of humor helped convince MTV into airing “The College Humor Show” – a series based on all the staff members at CollegeHumor.com. As well, Amir’s deadpan humor landed him another gig alongside CollegeHumor.com writer, Streeter Siedell as hosts of the hit series (in its second season) “Pranked”, commentating about videos of wild pranks online.
The other day I was able to catch up with Jake to see what the boys are up to now. “Our videos are getting close to a half a million hits per week, and we’ve been going to colleges all around the country and performing live. It’s getting tougher to come up with new ideas, but we’re still having a lot of fun.” Needless to say I wasn’t surprised to hear they are still going strong.