Web Video / Jake and Amir

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"Jake and Amir are two best friends that work together, live together, and play together. We're not really best friends, so don't type that. Yes we are. No we aren't, and we also don't live together. Whatever. Not whatever. Dinner tonight? Nope."
Description from the official website

Jake and Amir is a highly popular internet series of short videos by CollegeHumor. Like Hardly Working, they are filmed in and around the College Humor office and revolve around Jake Hurwitz, a usually normal guy, and his co-worker, Amir Blumenfeld, an unstable, unbalanced and generally weird Manchild who is obsessed with Jake and determined to prove that they're "best friends".

The complete episode archive can be found at http://www.jakeandamir.com/archive or the College Humor website.


Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: Amir's parents, assuming he's telling the truth. By his account in "Driving Lesson", they forced him to take driving lessons when he was four, and they threw knives at him.
  • Adam Westing: Rick Fox plays himself in several episodes as an egg-obsessed tractor thief.
  • Aerith and Bob: To some extent, Jake and Amir, though Amir is a very popular name in Israel where he was born. More commonly, Amir's friends will have blatantly made up names like Tracyn, Den, or Wideley.
  • All Just a Dream: Zombie has Jake dreaming about Amir chasing him down and biting a chunk out of his shoulder. Subverted when he sees that his shoulder is actually bleeding, and then double subverted when Sara tells him that Amir was gnawing on his shoulder while he was asleep.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Jake will never be Amir's best friend. If Jake likes a girl, she will probably end up hating him, apart from once, and then she died. There's also Jake's long-standing crush on Sarah, and later, Emily's absurd advances towards Jake.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "Mom", Amir rudely reprimands his mother for "embarrassing" him because she wants to bring cookies up for him and his coworkers.
  • Amusing Injuries: Happens often, most commonly when either of them accidentally hit their head on their desks.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Amir has been seen sleeping at his desk, on the floor, and curled up on a stone table.
  • Author Appeal: Jake and Amir write the episodes according to what they find funny, which changes over time.
  • Author Filibuster: At the end of "Journal", the writers respond to criticism for changing the series and using catchphrases less by having Jake represent them when Amir tells him that, "In a perfect world, nothing would ever change".
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Averted in that it's the kind of Odd Couple pairing where you'd expect to see it a lot, but one of them always ruins it because they're both pretty terrible people. However, Jake sometimes shows hints of caring for Amir secretly.
  • Bad Impressionists: Jake has a tendency to do impressions when trying to impress people. He sucks at almost all of them.
  • Beach Bury: Amir tries to encourage Jake to do this to him in the episode "Nantucket". He starts by piling a handful of sand onto his belly.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Trouble has a Cantonese man loudly accosting Jake and Amir for an incident that Amir described as "the second duck thing."
    • Mickey has Amir briefly speaking to his friend Mickey in Hebrew.
  • Bi the Way: Amir's on Grindr and has apparently been with quite a few guys.
  • Book Ends: The first and last episode of the "Girlfriend" arc each have Jake and Amir arguing over whether worms can be considered cannibals.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • From "Happy Holidays”:
    Amir: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Jake and Amir!
    Jake: Who're you talking to?
    Amir: Nobody...
    • From “Cousins”:
    Linford: That's me! (winks at camera)
    Jake: Who the f**k are you winking at?
  • Butt-Monkey: Pat Cassels is frequently the target of Amir's shenanigans, and Amir often goes out of his way to call him a loser.
  • Call-Back: In the 8-part "Girlfriend" episode Jake talks to Leronuh for a while about flying a kite. He says almost the exact same thing as he did in "Kite" three years earlier.
  • Catch-Phrase: Several: "Dinner tonight?", "Oh sheesh yall! T'was a dream!" and later on, "Another day at the races..." for Amir, with "Wow..." and "You gotta learn how to be funny, man," for Jake.
  • Character Development: Jake starts out the series as a calm average guy and Amir as a nerd with no confidence. As Jake begins to give him attention, Amir gets more and more confident making Jake more and more angry. As for Jake, he starts to reveal deep-seated insecurities halfway through the series, becoming less of a straight man and more of a defensive douchebag.
  • Christmas Episode: One each year, "Christmas", "Happy Holidays", "Santa" and "Toy Drive".
  • Clothing Switch: The actors sometimes wear the same shirts from other clips. Noticeable in the flashbacks of "Happy Holidays" and Record Breaker.
  • Completely Missing the Point: So many examples. To list one from "Elevator":
    Amir (to Jake): We should call our loved ones and say goodbye. [pulls out his phone and calls Jake]
  • Cringe Comedy: The earlier episodes relied on this, feeling less like comedy sketches and more like awkward, unscripted conversations between coworkers.
  • Daydream Surprise: My Boy, in which the episode starts out with Jake praising Amir and hugging him, and then it reveals that Amir was daydreaming the whole thing. Also an example of Face Doodling, since we see that someone drew a dick on Amir’s face while he was zoned out.
  • Depending on the Writer: Amir's competence and general intelligence vary from episode to episode. In "Realizations", he can't even spell "carrot" correctly, while in "Mother's Day", he shows far more proficiency in English than Jake, and even mocks Jake for his lack of poetic talent.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?:
    Jake (to Leronuh): Did you just take a shower?
    [Amir appears]
    Jake: F**k!
    Amir: Yes we did!
  • Does Not Like Yams: Amir.
    Jake: No, I'm well aware that you hate yams.
    Amir: I hate em. I hate yams.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of “Couch for Sale”, after years of being trolled and jerked around by Amir, Mickey finally snaps and trashes Amir’s apartment.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Amir explains a joke while telling it. "A guy walks face first into a bar. A metal bar. Ouch."
  • Doppelgänger Dating: Space Twins has Jake dating a female Amir lookalike, appropriately named Rima.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: "30 Second Debate", the first episode, is really nothing to do with the rest of the series.
  • Eating Lunch Alone:
    • An early episode called "Lunchtime" has Jake making fun of Amir for doing this.
    • Averted in several episodes, such as Rock Paper Scissors and Choking where Amir invites Jake to lunch to avoid "eating" alone, despite the fact that he has no food.
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn:
    • Jake gets one in Sun Tan after falling asleep in the tanning bed (and Amir forgets to wake him up).
    • Amir gets one in Staycation Part 2, where he gets sunburned so badly that he spends the next couple of episodes peeling.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: Seen in "30 Second Debate"; Amir asks Jake a question, Jake’s answer is fast forwarded, and Amir tells him to slow down because he’s talking too fast.
  • Fear of Thunder: See Storm, in which Amir is so cripplingly afraid of thunder that he wets himself after a loud thunderclap.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Hospital", Amir tells Jake he won't let "some quack in a van hack him up in a can". A year later in "Nose Job", that's exactly what happens.
  • Forgotten Birthday:
    • Subverted in "Amir's Birthday”, when nobody at work wishes Amir a happy birthday, but then it turns out that they were throwing him a surprise party.
    • Played straight in “Jacuzzi”, when Amir calls out Jake for forgetting his birthday and Jake legitimately feels bad about it.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Amir tries to force this to happen in "Freaky Friday” by tackling Jake, hoping that their bodies will somehow switch in the process.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In several episodes if you pause at just the right time, you'll be able to see one of the photos of Jake that Amir keeps on his desk.
  • Friendship Moment:
    • The conclusion of the "Sick Day" story arc has Jake returning to his old job and retaking his desk opposite Amir. He then agrees to take Amir to McDonalds for dinner, and the episode ends with a hug.
    • Almost in "Business Card”. Amir gets his own business card, but it’s completely worthless; it’s written in invisible ink, and even then, it only says, “Tweet at me, bitches!” with no contact info listed. Just to be nice, Jake sends Amir a tweet complimenting him for the card. Amir’s response? “Don’t fucking pity me!"
    • Subverted in Feast; Amir tries to have an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner at the office with Jake, because he doesn’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving. Jake says, “I can’t believe I’m about to do this,” and then… locks Amir in the office so he can’t crash Jake’s Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Funny Background Event: See The Godfather, in which Pat and Sara’s conversation is accompanied by Jake and Amir getting into a wrestling match in the background.
  • Gag Penis: Amir is implied to have one in Brother Part 1, when there’s a brief shot of him completely bottomless and the censor bar goes past his knees.
  • Genre Savvy: Jake becomes more savvy to Amir's ways over time...but it very rarely helps him in the end.
    Amir: Jake, meet my daughter, Emily.
    Jake: Ok, I'm going to work from home today.
    • At the end of Videos he has finally learnt how to shut Amir down when he gets too overexcited.
  • Group Hug: See Group Hug, in which Amir initiates one with a crowd of strangers.
  • Hates Being Touched: Jake with Amir. Lampshaded in “Keys”:
    Jake: What did Ricky say about touching me?
    Amir: He said, “Maybe sometimes, if you ask politely."
    Jake: No, he said never.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Or Amir wishes they were at least. He repeatedly tries to enforce the idea that he and Jake are best friends, even when Jake makes it explicitly clear that he wants nothing to do with Amir.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The youtube channel JakeAndAmirOuttakes with Corpsing being the most promient.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Amir (see “Abusive Parents” above).
  • Hollywood Healing:
    • Averted with “Bozo”; Amir ends the episode by jumping out the window, and in the following episode, “Tampon”, he’s seen in a wheelchair.
    • Also averted with Rock Paper Scissors (in which Jake punches Amir in the stomach, breaking his ribs) and the next episode Bake Sale (where Amir is seen to still have the rib fracture).
  • I Can Explain: Subverted in "Come Again”. Pat’s date catches him getting mounted by Amir, and when Amir tries to explain, Pat cuts him off and says that it’d just be easier to break up with her.
  • "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: In Unknown Co-Worker, both Jake and Amir are fretting over the fact that they don’t know any of their co-workers’ names. Amir claims he has a great idea, and then it cuts to him enjoying a sandwich. Then he says he has another great idea, and after the cut, we see him eating the same sandwich, only with ketchup.
  • Imagine Spot: In Office Fantasy, Amir fantasizes about seeing Jake get hit on by a hot co-worker, only for Jake to tell her that he doesn't go anywhere without Amir.
  • Implausible Deniability: In Fourth of July Amir denies being in the office that weekend, but everything is Caught on Tape.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In Time Saver, Amir uses bizarre logic to argue that you can save time by wiping before you shit.
    Amir: All I’m saying is that if you wipe before you shit, there’s not a lot of shit there so you don’t have to wipe as much!
  • Instant Sedation: In Sleeping Pills, Amir tries to knock out Jake by spiking his coffee with sleeping pills. Jake says that he doesn’t drink coffee, and in the background we see a guy take a sip from his coffee mug and instantly pass out.
  • Jerk Ass:
    • Jake becomes one of these as the series goes on. His behavior towards Amir is typically justifiably harsh, but there are plenty of times where he acts like a completely self-centered jackass who'll exploit Amir or grandstand around others, as well as sometimes disagreeing with or mocking Amir for the sake of it (or in spite of actually being the wrong one).
    • Amir starts out as obnoxious, but mostly harmless, but his antics and overall personality become increasingly malicious as the series progresses.
    • The few times Dave appears, he exhibits Jerk Ass tendencies - reminiscing about domestic abuse and pursuing Sarah even when he knows Jake is interested.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Emily likes to see Murph get violent on Jake, to the point where she starts masturbating in public in "Table Read 2".
  • Left the Background Music On: Murph lampshades this in “Grandma”. The episode begins with him talking about his grandma’s failing health, when all of a sudden the Austin Powers theme starts playing, bewildering him, Jake and Dave.
  • Love Triangle - The Jake and Amir: Girlfriend series starts out as a Type 4, as Jake falls in love with Amir’s girlfriend Lerona. Eventually the roles of Jake and Amir switch after Jake confesses to Lerona and she chooses him over Amir ...and then gets promptly run over by a bus.
  • Manchild: Amir. He, among other things, still believes in Santa Claus despite the fact that he's in his late twenties (and, for that matter, Jewish).
  • Marijuana Is LSD: In Brownies, Amir goes on a surreal psychotic bender after eating a handful of pot brownies. Subverted in that the whole thing was just his idea for an anti-drug PSA.
  • Meaningful Echo / Foreshadowing: In the Girlfriend episodes:
    Amir: Kinda crazy, huh?
    Jake: What is?
    Amir: One minute you're here; the next, (simulates a crash with his hands) you're worm food.
  • Mind Screw: Amir drags in a Christmas present for Jake wrapped in a giant box and asks him to open it. Jake pulls it open and finds Amir inside, who is no longer standing beside him.
  • Modesty Towel: "New Apartment,” Amir shows up in just a towel at Jake’s apartment.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In "Snowstorm", apparently whatever Jake did on March 15, 1999 was bad enough that it could put him in prison.
    • "Trouble" is about a series of noodle incidents that Amir's dad is angry about and thinks Jake was responsible for. For example, "the duck thing, the high school track fiasco, and the second duck thing".
  • No Periods, Period: Averted several times. In "Jake's Cousin”, when Jake brings his 13-year-old cousin into work, the first thing Amir says to her is, "Ooh! Somebody's gonna get their period soon!"
  • No Social Skills:
    • Amir has no conception of social norms. In “Celebration”, his behavior bewilders Jake to the point that he calls him “alien”.
  • Offscreen Reality Warp:
    • In Carbs, Amir starts the video by claiming that he’s not eating any carbs this month. From that point on, every time the camera cuts back to him, he’s seen with a different carb-loaded food in his hand- first a sandwich, then a bagel, then a slice of pizza, then a bowl of pasta, then a plate of brownies.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • Done in "Sick Day 3: Goodbye”. We start with Amir at home calling Jake while he’s at work; Jake tells him to come into work, and a few seconds later, Amir’s right next to Jake.
    • Done again in “Commute”, when Amir calls Jake on the way to work, and he somehow appears right next to Jake before he hangs up.
  • Opposite Day: Amir falls victim to a Logic Bomb when Jake says it is Opposite Day on Ground Rules.
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