Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz are two funny dudes. Writers for CollegeHumor.com, they also have their own online viral series, “Jake & Amir.” Along with the rest of the CollegeHumor crew, they just completed their first season for MTV’s “CollegeHumor Show.”
I can tell you, because I just know these things, that these guys are the next big thing. They have Lonely Island (Andy Samberg’s crew on SNL) written all over them. Lucky for me, they were willing to sit down with me while they are still D-list celebrities. Soon though, they’ll pretend they never met me…
Jeremy: How did you guys make your way to CollegeHumor?
Amir: I started writing for them in 2003 as a college sophomore. I just emailed Ricky (co-founder of CollegeHumor) some possible article ideas. He found them funny, so he posted them on the site. A couple years later, in 2005, right when I was graduating college, CollegeHumor had some money to hire people to write CollegeHumor’s Guide to College. So, he hired myself and Streeter (of Prank Wars fame) to work full time, and we’ve been there since.
Jake: In 2005, when the book was finishing up, I started writing a column for CollegeHumor from school. Later I transferred to Hunter College here in New York, and I started interning for CollegeHumor. Then I never left.
Jeremy: You guys have some pretty Jewish sounding names. Do you have much of a Jewish background?
Amir: I come from an Israeli family. My entire family, my parents and two older brothers, were born in the same hospital, in Afula, then we moved to America when I was two. Then I went to Jewish kindergarten, Jewish elementary school, Jewish high school, all at the same temple (Stephen S. Wise in Los Angeles). We’re a Reform family. I’m not too religious. I don’t go to Temple every Saturday. I celebrate the holidays with my family. But I don’t keep kosher or anything.
Jake: My dad is Jewish, my mom is Christian.
Amir: She’s Protestant?
Amir: You have no clue, huh?
Jake: None. Yeah, well, I went to Hebrew school and was Bar Mitzvah’d, but I also celebrated Christmas and Easter. My whole family is a mix of, well, we don’t really know what religion we are. You know when you’re watching the Super Bowl and you don’t care who wins? It’s kinda like that.