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YouTube Star Megan Batoon Offers ‘Just A Tip’ In New Podcast

Megan Batoon is offering some advice to her fans. Batoon, whose YouTube channel has more than 800,000 subscribers, is the host of Just A Tip, a new podcast.

In Just A Tip, Batoon will respond to letters from her listeners, dishing out her takes on whatever issues her fans share with her. She'll get some help from some guests along the way. In her first Just A Tip episode, titled 'How To Talk To Women,' she dispenses some wisdom alongside Elliott Morgan of SourceFed fame.

Just A Tip is published on the HeadGum Network, a podcast network launched in 2015 by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, the duo famous for their Jake and Amir videos. In a sketch announcing her new show, Batoon depicted the pitch process that led to her partnership with HeadGum:

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Animals: Season Two Ratings

When HBO picked up the Animals TV show, it was with a two-season order. The premium cable outlet has featured a few animated series in the past, but they haven’t been too successful, and Animals' first installment was no exception. It scraped the bottom of the ratings barrel. How will Animals perform in its second season? Now that it is working without a net, will Animals be cancelled or renewed for season three on HBO? Stay tuned.An animated adult comedy, Animals features the critters that live in (and off of) the Big Apple. The HBO voice cast includes Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O’Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh,
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Animals: Season One Ratings

HBO has had a few animated series in the past but they haven't been very successful. How will their Animals TV show perform? Will it be a hit? Will the cable channel regret renewing it for a second season already? Stay tuned.

An animated adult comedy, Animals features the critters that live in (and off) of the Big Apple. The voice cast includes Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O'Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods, and Adam Scott.

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Vimeo Announces Its Second Slate Of Original Programming With Jake And Amir, Garfunkel And Oates

Through comedy special Bianca Del Rio’s Rolodex of Hate, short film Darby Forever, and upcoming web series The Outs (which will premiere on March 30th), Vimeo has cobbled together its first full slate of original programming. Now, at South By Southwest, the online video platform has added to its library. It has announced a second round of original programming, including contributions from Jake and Amir, Garfunkel and Oates, and other notable content creators.

Jake and Amir, a comedy duo consisting of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfield, are best known for their work with CollegeHumor, and while much of that work has been distributed on YouTube, some of it has showed up on Vimeo as well. The duo’s upcoming series will be titled Lonely and Horny, and it will star Blumenfeld as a thirty-something with sex on his mind. Lonely and Horny will serve as Jake and Amir’s
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Animals

Network: HBO

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: February 5, 2016 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O'Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods, and Adam Scott.

TV show description:

This animated adult comedy features the down and out critters of living in and off of the Big Apple.

From rats planning on what street scraps to bring to a party, to a pigeon who thinks a stray golf ball is its egg, to more rats bragging about their sex lives, animals aren't
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Animals: Watch HBO's Season One Trailer and Promo

Below, watch the new season one trailer of the Animals TV series. From the Duplass Brothers, the first season of Animals premieres on HBO, Friday, February 5, 2016, at 11:30pm Et/Pt. Update: After this was published, HBO released a new promo. Watch it at the bottom of this page.

An animated adult comedy about the down and out creatures of New York City, the voice cast of Animals includes: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Meghan O'Neill, Katie Aselton, Mary Holland, Amir Blumenfeld, Jake Hurwitz, Neil Casey, Mark Duplass, Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mace Coronel, Jay Duplass, Darold Ferguson Jr., Jon Lovitz, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Rob Corddry, Marc Maron, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods, and Adam Scott.

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‘Jake And Amir’ Duo To Return To Web After TV Project Peters Out

For more than two years, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld have worked on a TV pilot adapted from their hit CollegeHumor web series, Jake and Amir. Now, the comedy duo has revealed that their pilot will not go forward to series, and as a result, a return to the web is in the cards for them.

Hurwitz and Blumenfeld discussed the status of their pilot in the 189th episode of their podcast, If I Were You. They confirmed that they would not come to TV--at least not yet--but they pledged to continue their creative partnership. “TV still exists. The Internet still exists,” said Blumenfeld during the podcast. “We can create stuff that doesn't have to be Jake and Amir, it can be something else. It can be something entirely new, something exciting, something that builds upon what we've known and learned.”

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TruTV Orders ‘Jake And Amir’ Pilot, ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Series From CollegeHumor

TruTV has turned to CollegeHumor's Big Breakfast Studios for its latest round of linear television projects. The cable network has ordered a pilot based on the comedy site’s longest-running original web series Jake and Amir, and also picked up a season of the site’s popular series Adam Ruins Everything.

TruTV will air a pilot episode of Jake And Amir, produced by Electus Digital and Ed HelmsPacific Electric Picture Company. The linear show is based off the weekly CollegeHumor buddy comedy series starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, which ran its last episode on April 7, 2015. The web series produced over 800 videos, with nearly 1 billion total video views since the show’s beginning. No release date for TruTV’s Jake and Amir pilot has been announced as of yet.

TruTV also ordered a full season of Adam Ruins Everything, a show based on the titular web series from CollegeHumor starring comedian Adam Conover.
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‘Jake And Amir’ Web Series Ends; Is TV Next?

For nearly eight years and 750 episodes, Jake and Amir told the story of two friends who come up with new, amusing ways to bother each other and everyone else around them. Now, Jake and Amir has come to an end. CollegeHumor posted the final episode of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld's web series on April 7th, 2015.

In the final episode, the titular duo gets fired from CollegeHumor after unleashing a vulgar film on the world. As they pack up their desks, they look back at one of their first videos, contemplate what to do next, and offer their thanks to the team that helped their web series roll up millions of views.

While this is the end of the Jake and Amir web series, it is hardly the end of the enduring bromance between Hurwitz and Blumenfeld. The two CollegeHumor writers also host a podcast called If I Were You,
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Jake and Amir Talk Ending Their Series and What Comes Next

Jake and Amir Talk Ending Their Series and What Comes Next
Oh sheesh y'all, twas an ending!

You might want to grab some chicken nuggets because if you haven't heard, after eight years of glorious banter, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld's beloved web series Jake and Amir is coming to an end.

The comedy duo who created and star in CollegeHumor's longest-running series stopped by ETonline to talk ending the series, chicken nuggets, facial hair, and what’s coming next.

"Eight years seems good because it's like high school and college all rolled into one," Amir told ETonline of ending the series. "Life sort of happens in four year chunks -- so we did two four-year terms of Jake and Amir, now let's see what we do. If we fail this four years, we'll just come crawling back to the Internet."

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The first episode was shot back in 2007, not with the intent to create
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How Does A Web Series Jump to TV?

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Five years ago, making a web series to get on traditional television was a fool's game. The few web series producers to secure development deals with networks -- from "We Need Girlfriends," "Quarterlife," "Private High School" and "The College Humor Show" -- either never made it to air or didn't last long when they did. But today many more web series have been optioned for TV and made it onto television. Some have even been successful, making it to a second season -- like Comedy Central series "Broad City," which was renewed last night. More series could be coming soon. In the past year hardworking producers like Issa Rae, Ray William Johnson, Benny and Rafi Fine, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenefeld and have all signed development deals. Now that web production is an established route on the long, hard path to a television series, it's
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CollegeHumor's "Jake & Amir" To Be Adapted Into TBS Comedy Pilot

Oh sheesh y’all! Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, stars of CollegeHumor’s “Jake & Amir,” are set to develop their online series into a potential TBS show. Deadline reports that CollegeHumor will produce the project, and that Hangover/Office/Daily Show star Ed Helms will serve as one of its executive producers. Writing duo Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger are co-writing a pilot script with Hurwitz and Blumenfeld and sharing showrunner duties....
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CollegeHumor’s ‘Jake And Amir’ Coming To TBS With Ed Helms Producing

CollegeHumor's odd couple is taking a crack at TV. Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, who star in the massively successful web series Jake and Amir, are adapting their brainchild for TV with an assist from Ed Helms. Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, who both write for CollegeHumor, will pen and star in the series, with CollegeHumor and The Daily Show/The Office/The Hangover funnyman Helms producing. As in their web series, the two leads will play coworkers and best friends who must work together to successfully navigate their crazy workplace. CollegeHumor has released new episodes of Jake and Amir regularly since 2007, making it one of the longest-running scripted series on the web. The duo's shtick, which depicts Jake as a straight man and Amir as his slightly unhinged coworker, has proven quite durable. New episodes regularly draw hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and many more on the CollegeHumor website.
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TBS To Adapt Hit Online Series ‘Jake & Amir’ As TV Comedy With Ed Helms Producing

Exclusive: Hit online series Jake & Amir is heading to television. TBS has put in development a comedy based on CollegeHumor’s most popular and longest-running series by comedy duo Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz. Hurwitz and Blumenfeld will star the TV project. They will co-write with another scripter duo, Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger, with The Hangover and The Office alum Ed Helms executive producing. Created by Hurwitz and Blumenfeld, Jake & Amir will revolve around an odd-couple friendship between best friends and co-workers Jake (Hurwitz), the sensible “regular guy”, and Amir (Blumenfeld), the obsessive oddball. Together they must navigate the cubicles of their workplace, stand up to the corporate man and try to function with their dysfunctional co-workers, all while maintaining their shenanigans. CollegeHumor is producing, with the online comedy brand’s Ricky Van Veen and Sam Reich executive producing alongside Hurwitz & Blumenfeld; Lisbe and Reger, who serve as showrunners
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Variety's '10 Comics To Watch' List Leaked

Variety's '10 Comics To Watch' List Leaked
Well, the cat's out of the bag. Comedian Sarah Colonna tweeted a photo of the cover of Variety's 2012's "10 Comics To Watch" ahead of its publication date.

As you can see in Colonna's photo below, the list, compiled annually by the entertainment publication, includes she and fellow comedians Jillian Bell, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Delaney, Lil' Rel Howery, Jake Hurwitz & Amir Blumenfeld of College Humor, Moshe Kasher, Joe Mande, Rory Scovel and Jessica Williams.

We'll have to wait until the end of the month to read why Variety chose the ten comedians, some up-and-coming and some already way on their way. For example, Delaney is already a household name on Twitter, having been crowned the funniest person on the social network at the 2012 Comedy Awards. Braunohler is currently hosting his own game show, "Bunk" on IFC, Joe Mande was recently hired as a writer for "Parks & Recreation" and Jessica Williams is
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Jake and Amir

If you’ve been meaning to add Reddit to the list of sites you compulsively visit while you should be doing something other than compulsively visiting websites, but for whatever reason you haven’t been able navigate past the homepage despite that article Farhad Manjoo wrote for Slate proclaiming the site to be the “web’s unstoppable force” because the site's design is kinda evocative of a command prompt screen updated for the internet age and you’re not technically-inclined, then you should definitely check out Reddit’s recent Q&A with Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenefeld. It’s just the impetus you need to subscribe to Reddit's daily feed. It’s also technically not a Q&A, but an IAma, which is Redditspeak for a dedicated post in which a celebrity or otherwise well-known individual (e.g. Louis C.K., Anthony Weiner, Bear Grylls, etc.) or kind/class of individual (e.
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CollegeHumor Plans First Feature Film With ‘Arrested Development’ Maker

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CollegeHumor has been a staple for their original comedy videos from nitpicking every single element of the undergraduate experience to parodying films like Inception to launching the career of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. They are about to step up their game to a whole other level, La Times reports.

The company is financing their first-ever feature film, already set to shoot next month. Titled Coffee Town, with a script from Arrested Development writer/producer Brad Copeland (who will direct), the comedy follows “thirtysomething underachievers” and already has quite the ensemble lined up. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Glenn Howerton will lead, along with Eastbound & Down’s Steve Little, Parks & Recreations‘ Ben Schwartz and musician Josh Groban, who last appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

The “absurdist comedy” is described as “a little like Cheers” as the story centers on “Will, a website manager (Howerton), and his friends who
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CollegeHumor Takes ‘Jake and Amir’ Long Form for $2.99

Last night on CollegeHumor's Live Cast Hardly Working's Jake and Amir announced a new show: Jake and Amir: Fired. Three thousand fans tuned into the live stream to ask questions about the new online special and upcoming DVD release. This is CollegeHumor's first (independent) foray into long-form content. Fired will be distributed through Facebook (and can be purchased with Facebook credits) as well as CollegeHumor.com. The DVD, distributed through Bustedtees and Amazon, will feature bonus footage including a short and behind-the-scenes clips. The 30-minute special was produced entirely in house at CollegHumor. In the story, CollegeHumor's CEO Alan Avery (played by Matt Walton) makes Jake an offer he doesn't refuse: fire Amir and get a promotion. But without Amir, life just isn't quite as good for ol' Jake, and the duo hatches a plan to get Amir his job back—hilarity ensues. "Fired is very much an extension
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Catie Lazarus Made a Puppet Show (And We Love It)

New York comedian Catie Lazarus has more than dabbled in web series before, popping up as a Barely Political correspondent or as a reverse -therapist and host of YourTango’s On The Couch with Catie Lazarus. But now we get a peek into the devilishly candid and inventive mind of the young performer with her first original series, The On Time Show with Petunia Van De Twirp. With a setup somehwere close to the Late Night show for the Toy Story gang, puppet host Petunia is the Conan of the stuffed animal kingdom. Voiced (and written) by Lazarus, Petunia’s opening monologue breezes through self-deprecating one-liners cutting quickly over to a very real crank call segment with everything from Virgin Atlantic to Best Buy and Budget Rental Car. There’s a silent film bit after that—Petunia’s somewhat racy run-in with her bedroom beau Senator Bear—followed by a
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Meet ‘Mr. Vicarious’ with SoBe Studios and CollegeHumor

Today marks the launch of Mr. Vicarious, a new reality comedy web series emerging from the recently announced partnership between CollegeHumor and PepsiCo’s SoBe. “SoBe Studios,” as the new enterprise is called, is a content factory that will produce a steady stream of brand-relevant videos for distribution across multiple media platforms, including TV and the web. CollegeHumor CEO Ricky Van Veen announced the partnership at yesterday’s Mashable Media Summit, along with the launch of the three part series premiering today. Sort of a snack-sized reality version of Cyrano de Bergerac (or Roxanne for you Steve Martin Fans), Mr. Vicarious features comedians Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer (host of this year’s Streamy Awards), who use radios to whisper dialogue into the concealed earpieces of actors pranking attendees at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Related News:CollegeHumor Gets Its Own MTV Series: ‘The CollegeHumor Show’ ‘CollegeHumor Show
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