Hundreds of Students Laugh and Learn at Jake and Amir Event
The excitement was palpable as more than 500 students packed into Lamport auditorium to hear Internet comedy duo Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of CollegeHumor.com on Tuesday night, February 9. The event—co-sponsored by the Sy Syms School of Business Student Council and the newly created Business Leadership Club—created significant buzz on Facebook in the days prior, which helped draw a large crowd from Yeshiva University, as well as other colleges and high schools.
The presentation was interspersed with lighthearted jokes and comical stories. In an increasingly conservative economic climate many felt it refreshing to hear a success story about following one’s heart and taking chances.
“I had a great time listening to them talk about their experiences. The event was a really cool way to showcase a business model predicated on working in areas which aren’t necessarily conventional but which you are passionate about,” remarked Aliyah Guttmann of Stern College.
The pair talked about their beginnings uploading short improvisational skits online, which eventually led to the creation of their popular blog, JakeAndAmir.com. They discussed their internships at CollegeHumor.com and how it led to their own series “Jake and Amir” in which the characters they play are caricatures of their real life personas.
They also provided an inside scoop on the creative process involved in writing, shooting and editing their famous videos and showed a few favorites. A highlight of the night was the Question and Answer session during which students submitted questions on everything from how their Jewish backgrounds inform their comedy to personal questions about their lifestyles and their future plans. The pair was in top form, fielding the questions with humorous responses and clever comebacks that had the audience roaring with laughter.
“The Business Leadership Club was founded with the goal of providing the Sy Syms student body with practical business advice from those who weren’t afraid to break the mold,” explained Steven Bram, the founder and co-president of the Business Leadership Club, along with Littal Kravetz. “We decided to host Jake and Amir because they are the perfect example of two guys that followed their dreams and were successful because of it.”