Jake and Amir Take Over Toronto
We caught up with the insanely-popular comedy duo while they were in Canada.
If the names Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (a.k.a. Jake and Amir) don’t wring a bell, odds are you’re over the age of 25 or you’ve been living under a rock. These writer/ comedians make up one of the most popular duos on CollegeHumor.com (one of the most visited comedy sites on the planet).
To say that Jake and Amir have a cult following would be an understatement. Just to put things into perspective, each two-minute long video they whip up rakes in about half a million views -- and there are more videos than you can keep track of.
Last week, the New York-based duo flew to Toronto for their first-ever show outside of the United States. The event was put together by Hillel of Greater Toronto at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and featured a number of local sketch comedy acts. We caught up with the comedians before they performed to a sold-out audience.
Even with sold-out crowds and millions of fans, Amir remains humble and realistic about their success. “I’d say like 99 per cent of people on Earth have never seen our videos,” he jokes.
They’ve produced hours of sketch comedy, so it’s natural that they can’t pick a favourite video. “People ask me that all the time and I have no idea ... they’re all our babies,” says Jake.
While their average video is only two minutes long, a lot of thought goes into making them. It usually takes about three takes for one video -- although if they find something funny and start laughing, that number can easily double.
When asked to reveal something about the other, Amir said Jake has a whopping five siblings (including triplet sisters). “Amir’s obsessed with the weather,” says Jake. “At any given time, he knows the weather for the next 10 days.”
“As a kid everybody’s funny, but like whoever stays funny the longest gets to be in comedy,” says Amir, who lists Woody Allen and Larry David as comedic influences. “Other people go on to do real things.”
Real job or not, they seem to be doing just fine as comedians. Last year, Jake and Amir won a Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy Series on the Internet. They’ve also picked up a few celebrity fans along the way -- including Canadian Rick Fox, who was just featured in one of their videos.
Amir also nabbed a role in the upcoming Harold & Kumar movie titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. “It was fun but it was also boring too,” he admits. “Acting is very boring, I don’t even know if I like it. It was fun to like be there and see everything and hanging out with the actors. But for like 12 hours a day I’d be in a trailer, which sounds luxurious, but it’s like actually an abandoned trailer.”
When asked about the real dynamic between him and Jake, Amir says “it’s difficult,” before admitting that they’re buddies.
So what’s next for these buddies? Expect to see more of their hilarious antics online -- and perhaps even on TV. Back in 2009, the duo was featured on The College Humour Show (which aired on MTV). Amir was also featured in the MTV reality show Pranked. They would love to return to the small tube.
To check out their videos, visit www.jakeandamir.com.