Magic Hugs | New Media Comedians

Over rice and noodle bowls at an Americanized Japanese restaurant, NMR sat down to chow, chat, and laugh with Magic Hugs, the hilarious sketch comedy duo of Tim Wilkerson and Scott Blair. They began their channel on YouTube three years ago, and since then their popular videos have been featured in equally funny places like Comedy Central’s AtomTV, G4’s Attack of the Show, FunnyorDie, and Collegehumor. Because they’re so awesome, we threw them a party during their photoshoot… a party that went all wrong. Read on to see the pictures and to learn about how they got started on YouTube, where they hope to go from YouTube, Tim’s hot showers, and how Scott will respond to all of your messages on Facebook and click on all of your videos too – he said it, not us.
Fun Facts:
  • What takes up most of your time right now?
    • Scott: Let’s see…nothing. Video games, TV, movies, and food.
    • Tim: Computers. Sitting at my computer editing, as well as looking up videos for laughgrandma.com; that takes up a lot of my time.
  • What are your guilty pleasures?
    • Tim: Hot showers in the morning. I’m not even kidding. I need a hot shower before I do anything.
    • Scott: He really does.
    • Tim: I do. Yesterday, I was helping our friend move and I couldn’t shower until 3 o’clock, and I felt like I was sleeping the whole time because I don’t feel awake until I have a shower. It’s probably a bad habit to run into because I don’t want to do anything until I shower.
    • Scott: You also look like a piece of garbage when you don’t shower. I feel like I shower at night a lot, and I get up and do things. With you, I’m like, “What? Did you not shower yet?” and you’re like, “Yeah, I can’t talk right now.” I don’t know, guilty pleasures. What does that mean? I don’t consider my pleasures to be guilty. I’m not really guilty of them.
    • Tim: You watch a lot of crappy shows.
    • Scott: I feel like I do watch a few crappy shows.
    • Tim: You’d watch them even though you don’t like them, but you have to watch them because you feel obligated to watch them.
    • Scott: What? I don’t feel obligated to watch them.
    • Tim: No, because you like to watch something all the way through.
    • Scott: Oh, correct! That’s a good point. Tim is very selective with his TV watching. He could be like, “No, I’m going to watch this show because I know it’s good.” But if I give something a chance, like a movie, for example, and we start watching it, and Tim’s like, “This sucks,” and he’s just out, I would be like, “Ugh, I have to finish it” because I feel like I owe it to the person that made it. Somebody made this; if I made it, I would want them to finish. If they watched it for 10 minutes I don’t want them to be like, “This sucks” and leave.
    • Tim: I wouldn’t want someone to watch 10 seconds of my 2 minute video and not finish it.
    • Scott: I guess that’s guilty. Watching crappy movies.
  • What are your pet peeves?
    • Scott: Oh god, I know this one! I have so many pet peeves.
    • Tim: For me as an editor, I don’t really like people looking over my shoulder at my computer, whether I’m editing or doing anything.
  • Tim, does Scott look over your shoulder a lot?
    • Tim: No.
    • Scott: I’m not a computer guy.
    • Tim: I’m selective of the jobs I take. If I have to go into an office, I sometimes pass on jobs. I like to take my time and mess around with different ideas as far as editing. I feel like I’m rushed and on the clock. Do it as quickly as you can in the best way you can. That’s what I mean by “over my shoulder.”
    • Scott: I didn’t even think about that, actually. Like how we shoot something, and it’s obviously us together collaborating, and we’re both really creative with production, but then post is just him. I’m like, “Hey, how’s that coming? I don’t care; I trust you.” Sometimes, I’m like, “Where’s that joke” or “What happened to that thing.” I’m never like, “That sucks. Get out of here.” My pet peeves; I have so many of them. When people can’t think of pet peeves – my biggest pet peeve. Maybe, not finishing movies is one. People that give things a chance. When people breathe really loud and close to me in the movies. I have friends that do that all the time. I can’t stand it. I have a crap load of pet peeves. Let’s go with that one: heavy breathers.
    • Tim: What about a roommate thing?
    • Scott: I’m pretty lenient and cool with stuff.
    • Tim: How about filling up the water in the fridge?
    • Scott: Yeah! That sucks.  We have four people that live in our place. We have two Brita filters, and I don’t even use them anymore because no one will ever refill them. People would pour a glass of water until there’s literally nothing left in it. I would be thirsty, and I would get a glass of water, and “Sweet!” – an empty filter. There’s nothing left.
  • Name one person, dead or alive, who you want to hug.
    • Scott: There’s so many great people. When I think dead or alive, I always think of presidents, but that’s not fun. I don’t want to hug a president.
    • Tim: I want to hug a big fluffy guy. What about Andre the Giant?
    • Scott: That would be great. That’s a great hug.
    • Tim: He’d crush you. He’d crush your bones.
    • Scott: He’s not killing you. He’s just giving you a hug. Guys, I should know this answer. Can we hug a thing, like, a dinosaur? If it was an animal, I would definitely hug a big brown bear.
    • Tim: I would like to hug someone in zero gravity in space because you’d just be tumbling hugging someone.
    • Scott: Just spinning?
    • Tim: Yeah! I would like to hug Scott while tumbling in space.
    • Scott: That’s creepy.
    • Tim: I’m going to say Louie Anderson.
    • Scott: I’m going to say a human brown bear.
    • Tim: That’s not a person.
  • What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
    • Scott: I win this one. I don’t sleep, ever. 80 hours? Scott doesn’t sleep for 80 hours. I would get my sleep schedule wrong, eat at wrong times, and then I’d be up. I’m the worst.
    • Tim: Mine’s lame. Maybe 26 hours or something? Probably just for editing. I got to get at least a few hours of sleep.
    • Scott: Don’t do 80. It’s insane.
    • Tim: I don’t want to do 80. I’d feel all weird, and I won’t know what’s happening.
    • Scott: You start losing your mind.
    • Tim: I lose my mind after 14 hours. After a half day I’m done.
    • Scott: You start feeling weird, and you’re like, “Where am I? Why’s it bright out again? It’s Wednesday. No, it’s Friday. Oh, yeah! What the f*ck! Where am I?”
  • Give us a fun fact about you guys.
    • Scott: I only have one testicle. Just kidding! I have three.
    • Tim: I can think of ones for you [Scott], but I can’t think of ones for me.
    • Scott: What’s one for me?
    • Tim: All of your jeans have ball holes in them.
    • Scott: Yeah, I don’t know why all my jeans have ball holes. I think it’s because I walk like this.
    • Tim: You need smaller thighs.
    • Scott: I don’t have big thighs.
    • Tim: What’s a fun fact about me? I gave you one, now you give me one.
    • Scott: You use a handkerchief like an old man. Let’s put it this way: Tim’s an old man. He’s an old person.
    • Tim: Since 3rd grade I’ve had a handkerchief. I got a good set of 12 different ones.
    • Scott: He’ll be like, [makes noseblowing sound] and puts it back in his pocket. I’d be like, “Ugh, the barf!”
    • Tim: I finally got an allergist though and solved my sneezing problems.
    • Scott: And he’s like, “Don’t use a f*cking handkerchief”?
    • Tim: No! You just spray this shit up your nose everyday.
    • Scott: So you don’t even use that? [Handkerchief]
    • Tim: It’s dry as a bone. You can even wipe your hands on it if you want.
    • Scott: Ugh! I don’t even want to see that thing.
  • Give us a funner fact about yourselves.
    • Scott: I’m just a ball of fun. That’s my appeal. I’m really fun in bed. I’m a really good time.
    •  Tim: I can take very quick poops with no wipers.
    •  Scott: I cannot do that.
    •  Tim: Well, not no wipers – maybe just one wipe.
    •  Scott: He’s a one wipe guy. Tim can go in and out of the bathroom, which means his butthole is just filthy.
    •  Tim: Take a look! You’d be surprised.
    •  Scott: I’ve looked. You’d fall asleep, and I’d be like, “Oh that’s gross!” I used your handkerchief.
    •  Tim: I’m a quick pooper. There we go.
    • Scott: That’s a funner fact.
    • Tim: I have a handkerchief, and I’m a quick pooper.
    • Scott: You’re a gross, unfun old man.
    • Tim: Questions my mom would love – “Tim, couldn’t you say anything better about yourself? You have so many good qualities. Scott seems so much better than you in that interview.” “Well, he is, mom! I’m 75 years old in my head.”
    • Scott: What would your mom say? That’s a good question. What would your mom say is a good quality about you? “You are handsome.”
    • Tim: “Shut up mom”
    • Scott: “You got a good heart.” “Well mom, I’m a super dick”
    • Tim: I can’t think of what’s a funner fact about you. You can make a good sandwich.
    • Scott: I’m a good sandwich guy. I can make all kinds. I’m good with movies’ faces and voices right off the bat. Every commercial I’m like, “That’s that guy from that thing.”

Walk us through a typical day in your lives.

Tim: I wake up at 9, I go on my computer, and I always update laughgrandma every morning. I go on the Internet and look for more funny videos. I’m usually editing something, so I’ll edit probably most of the day. I usually skip lunch and eat a large sloppy dinner.

Scott: You’re forgetting to add me in your life.

Tim: I mean, I see you at 6 pm.

Scott: Yeah, well, you still see me. You have to see Andy and Jay as well.

Tim: I don’t see Andy or Jay.

Scott: You see them in your day-to-day life, right? Proceed.

Tim: I don’t know. I usually stop working at probably 7 pm, and I leave to go hang out with my girlfriend.

Scott: I get up at a random time every single day and then probably eat some food. Then I will see what Tim’s doing, and if it’s something that we have to prepare for, then we’ll do that, or if it’s something we have to talk about, then we’ll do that. We always have different things going on. Sometimes, there’s nothing for the next two days, so obviously that will dictate what I’ll do for the rest of the day. It always changes. Normally, I’ll go see what Tim’s doing, and he’ll be like, “Oh, I gotta sneeze” or “Gotta go to the bathroom real fast!” and I’ll be like, “OK.” Then I’ll watch some TV and eat some food. Then our other roommates will get home. If we have nothing going on, then I’ll drink 46 beers and then try to hang out with some girls. Then I’ll get drunk.

Tim: You gotta throw Skyrim at least once.

Scott: Oh yeah. Then I play videogames. Lots of videogames. Sometimes, I’ll play no videogames and do lots of beer. Then I’ll go to sleep or not go to sleep.

Tim: Or go to sleep 80 hours later.

Scott: Yeah, and sometimes I stay up for 80 hours out of bender really drunk.

Tim: Our days sound really shitty. These guys are really lazy. We don’t do much. This is just the life of a new media rockstar.

Scott: I forgot to add the cocaine. No DUI’s.

Both of you studied radio and television at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Did you know that you’d be jumping into making comedy sketches?

Scott: Not at all. I thought I was going to be so poor and stupid. My whole family lives in Chicago and I figure that–I don’t know what I figured–I just thought it would be a good idea. I went to University of Kansas for two years and transferred to Southern Illinois because one of my high school buddies went to SIU. He was doing video stuff, and we’ve done that stuff together in high school. I always knew I liked doing that; being on camera, making up stories, and silly things like that. I didn’t do that my first year as a film student, and I was like, “Eh, it’s OK.” If you guys haven’t taken a film class, it’s not what you think it is. You think, “Oh this is going to be fun! I like movies and stuff!” It’s nothing practical. It’s theory, and it sucks. My buddy from high school met Tim, and they made this video stuff together and did this show called “Alt News.” My buddy, Sean, was like, “You should come and just transfer! That’d be fun!” and we did, and we started doing that. That’s when me and Tim hooked up literally and figuratively.

Tim: We hooked up physically, then we hooked up mentally, and then we hooked up creatively.

Scott: Then we hooked up metaphysically. That’s where we are now. We became one.

Tim: “Magic Hugs” started because of a show that we did. It was like a magazine show.

Scott: It was like 60 Minutes for college kids. Three of four segments were like, “Hey, I’m going to ride donkeys in Kentucky where people play donkey basketball.” It’s a news segment for college kids. We also got to make fake commercials. We have a few videos on our website from that show where it’d be a segment and then fake commercials like Saturday Night Live. We were like, “Oh these are funny!” Then we put it online, and people would watch it and be like, “These are good,” and we were like, “Neat!” We just got attention real fast – definitely did not think, “This is what we’re set out to do. We’re gonna make comedy videos and we’re gonna be good at it and people are gonna pay for them and like it.” Comedy Central, after a couple of months, was like, “What’s up? Who are you guys? Come see us,” and we were like, “What?” They were like, “Come to New York and come to Mexico, and we’ll talk to you.”

Tim: Well, half of that is true.

Scott: Didn’t that happen? It was pretty early when we got a good response. Then it was like, “Let’s keep making videos.” It felt cool. Everyone liked it at school, or everyone was “Screw those ‘Magic Hugs’ guys! They think they own this.” So no, we didn’t think that was going to happen or that it would be a profession. I thought I’d be selling hot dogs for sure or making sandwiches on the street.

What gave you guys the go-ahead to move to Los Angeles?

Tim: We had a lot of college alumni that moved out, so it just made sense to move out here. A lot of comedians and a lot of alumni that we worked together from production. There were a lot of resources out here, and production companies are all based in LA. It was kind of a no-brainer. If we went to New York, we would have known absolutely nobody. We’d start in ground zero.

Scott: “We’d start in ground zero.” Whoa, Tim, whoa. Oh, I came out because Tim graduated a semester before me and once I graduated I went home to Chicago for a little bit, and Tim was like, “Dude, get out here” and I was like, “OK.” So I came out, lived under his bed–one of those slidey bed things–just kidding. Tim was like, “I’m a living person. I’m living out here” and I was like, “OK.” It’s hard to move across the country and think that things are going to work out when you don’t have saleable skills besides “I can talk like an idiot. Want to give me money?”

Describe the comedic style of Magic Hugs in a nutshell.

Tim: It’s very vulgar. I like it being vulgar though. I like it having some youthfulness to it but at the same time something very edgy and in your face. I really like it. It’s two different worlds clashing.

Scott: Tim and I are very different, if you can’t tell. Magic Hugs; you can taste both us in it, you know what I mean?

Tim: I’m a zero, and Scott’s a ten.

Scott: No, no, no! It feels like you’re a dad, and you dressed your kid up for this photoshoot. You framed it, you know what I’m saying?

Tim: Sure, I’m the framer, and you’re the picture.

Scott: I’m cookie dough, and you shape the cookies into what shape they are and bake them. That’s really good. Otherwise, I’d just be a ball of shitty dough.

Tim: And I would be a frame with no one inside.

Scott: You’d be a cookbook, and I’d be the chopped up ingredients melted into a bowl. That’s a good way to describe it. Let’s just do analogies because I’m good at those.

In a previous interview, you mentioned that while working on a project with PBS not all of your content could be aired on television. Subsequently, this lead to the birth of Magic Hugs in 2008, and not all scripts and ideas get to see the light of day. What does a good idea in the world of Magic Hugs look like?

Scott: Anything that we agree on and anything that we get excited about. It can be anything. I’m on a drive home and I just say something dumb, and Tim says that it could be something funny. Then he’d be working on it saying, “What if it’s this guy driving, and he shit his pants and then something, something.” “No, but he has to be from Mexico!” So we build off of it, and we kind of shave off of that and think it’s really funny. Sometimes, we’ll throw out things that we think are stupid. Eventually, we both know what’s great. A good idea to Magic Hugs is when we’re both on board.

Tim: Also, we have a whiteboard in our apartment, and the whole thing is filled up with ideas. Every couple of months, we wipe it clean and add new ones. The ones that we want to do are the ones that stay up on the board. For some reason, we can’t make them because of production or costs or whatever. There’s always something about them that can’t leave our brain. We have this idea called “The Soup Grind,” and we’ve had this idea for this character for years. I know we’ll eventually do it.

Scott: He grinds people up into soup.

Has there been a time where you’ve gotten excited about a project and stopped halfway through and trashed it?

Scott: Totally.

Tim: We have four or five unreleased sketches in our whole existence.

Would you ever think about releasing it as an extra?

Scott: Like B sides?

Tim: I think we’re going to do a DVD. We’re hoping that we’ll move beyond just making sketches for YouTube and doing something like TV or film, something that isn’t what we’ve done in the past years. I think what will happen is that we’ll kind of be like, “OK, there’s chapter 1 for Magic Hugs,” and we’ll release everything on DVD up to that point including stuff that never got released.

Scott: Here’s some things that we thought sucked!

So you guys don’t want to stay on YouTube forever; you want to use YouTube as a platform to build your brand for more opportunities for yourselves in the future.

Scott: That’s what we’ve been doing for the past year and a half. It’s just pitching to other networks, and we’ve pitched everywhere in LA. We’re just trying to get a show. With exposure, it’s just one of those things where most people come across us and say, “This is great. How come I didn’t know who you were?” If I had a f*cking nickel for every time I heard that. “You guys are great! How come we didn’t know about this?” Most people that are exposed to us are like, “Why not? How come I don’t know this” or “How come I didn’t know about this? How come I’m watching this stupid other crap but you guys are around?” I think we’re in that ball of Comedy Central and Adult Swim, but I just think we’re not there yet.

Tim: We’re trying to pitch shows and just get ourselves out as individuals, directors, and actors. Just keep working. As long as we’re working and as long as we’re busy.

Even after you get signed to a major show or you guys get your own show, do you guys think you’ll update your YouTube channel occasionally?

Scott: Definitely. It’s so important because it’s why we do what we do. We’re like, “Hey, it’s fun. You should do this.” Think about a couple of years ago. If I was this age in 1985, we couldn’t do this. I had to just do the acting thing and do auditions and grind that stuff up. We would not have exposure and a creative outlet. I guess we could just make that stuff for ourselves and make a VHS tape and say, “Want to see what we just did? Mom? Check it out! Give me a four star rating, mom.”

Tim: [in “mom” voice] “It’s funny. I love you.” Even if we did get to that point, I’m sure we’ll always every now and then make something. Plus, it’s easy; it’s just the two of us. It’s not like we have to get the band back together. It’s two guys. I’m sure we’ll be able to find time, even if we do get that busy, we’ll find time.

Scott: You can do whatever you want. It’s your own. I don’t think the first thing we’d get is our own TV show where we are the creative controllers of but it might be us working on other things for other people.

Tim: It’s liberating to do stuff on YouTube. You can literally do whatever you want. Even some of the videos we’ve done where not that many people like it or there’s no hits, like we made this commercial for this website called jimbelushianddannyglover.com–which I think is the stupidest thing that anyone has ever done–but it’s made, and it’s out there; and I think that it’s funny that it even exists, and I think it’s cool that stuff like that is out there.

So new media is going to be a huge part of your lives regardless of how big you guys get?

Scott: Definitely.

Tim: I’m a computer guy, and I’m always going to be on my computer.

Scott: I’m not, but I’m going to have stupid ideas, and I’m going to be like, “Tim, no one else wants to do this; let’s do it.” No one is going to pay me to do this, so let’s do it ourselves.

Once the idea is locked down, how do you two begin to film and produce? Describe the workflow between you two.

Scott: When we think of ideas, it’s easy; let’s just do that thing. When we did that series booth, the thought of it was  “It’s easy; let’s just do it.”

Tim: We’re different as far as creators as well. He’s the actor. He’s good at, “This is how I want to be. I want to be this character in this kind of sketch.” I think more of the structure; maybe the joke of the sketches where this thing happens. I’m more narrative-based, and he’s more character-based, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, I think of the character, and he’ll think of a narrative, and we figure out how to do it. Once that nugget is created, the other person will add their ideas to it.

Unlike other YouTubers, Magic Hugs is not on a weekly schedule. What are other ways you try to connect with the audience?

Tim: I started this thing–maybe almost from the beginning–it’s called “What We Laughed at Today,” where every single day we update this link on our website that would be this really funny video that we enjoyed, and I just thought that was a good way to always go to MagicHugs.com; if you’re not finding something new from us, you’d be finding something that we enjoy. It kind of molded from a link that we had on our website to a website called laughgrandma.com. I updated that every single day for four years. There’s just been a different funny video every single day. It’s just a way for people to be like, “Oh shit, these guys are funny. This is a good site to go to!”

Scott: He’s definitely good at it. I’ll definitely respond. I get a lot of friend requests on Facebook, and I’ll just accept them all at one time. It got to a point where I got 150 people pending. Damnit, if I liked somebody, and I liked what this person was doing, I would want them to acknowledge that I was a person too. So I made a whatever page, and people would message me and ask us “What do you shoot on” or “Hey I’m an actor out here” or “I love your stuff, how did you guys do this. I want to do this.” I just have to respond. I can’t just be like, “F*ck you! I’m famous and stuff!” because I remember feeling that way too in high school and not having anyone to look at. If I could help somebody who’s 18 years old and was like, “I want to make funny videos and be an idiot; and I have these funny ideas, and I want to be creative; and I see what you guys do and it makes me feel like I can do it too.” That is stupid awesome if I can inspire somebody and make them want to make video too. That’s super cool. I always make sure to go on Facebook and respond to people, and they’re like, “How did you come up with these ideas?” and then sometimes they get too question-y, and I’m like, “Ugh, I can’t talk to you anymore.” They’d be like, “Hey can I come over? What are you guys doing right now?” Ugh…defriend.

Tim: Every single e-mail that’s on Magic Hugs I’ve responded to unless they want something from us. Even if they’re like, “Hey, watch this video,” I’ve watched every single video that’s been sent to me.

Scott: For 10 seconds.

Tim: Yeah. I give it a chance, but it’s hard because I watch it, and if I like it, I will tell them. If I don’t like it, I don’t want to tell them that I don’t like it and crush them. Those are the reasons why I wouldn’t respond, but I try to give people a chance.

Comedy isn’t easy. What are some things you guys have done to hone your craft?

Tim: It’s a good thing and bad thing, but I watch a lot of stuff online; and I watch good stuff, and I watch bad stuff, and that’s a good way to educate yourself. Just watch a bunch of movies. I signed up to Netflix six months ago. Just educate yourself. I feel like as a director I’m not as educated as I should be on certain films. If I have a nugget of an idea I write it. I try to write as much as I can, and if it doesn’t work out I just want to be constantly creating somehow, whether it’s on the page or just shooting. Just want to keep flexing the muscle.

Scott: I’m kind of a psycho. I feel like I’ve done this as a kid. I’ll start talking to myself or make voices. If I’m driving alone, I’ll start saying things and sometimes it becomes a character. Chaw is this cowboy character that we did, and I remember Tim and I were driving up to Lake Tahoe a year and a half ago, and that’s how it just started. We were just driving, and I was saying these random one liners. He was just laughing, and then he’d say them and I’d repeat them. It’s sort of like you just kind of chop it down, and it becomes something. I guess it’s different for me because I try to make these characters up, and I guess that’s how I hone my craft. I talk to myself in the mirror, and Tim does practical normal people things that humans do.

Tim: I do hear Scott talk to himself, and I’m not even kidding; in the shower just like…

Scott: Yeah. Well. You know.

Tim: And I’m like, “What are you doing?”

Scott: “Don’t worry, it’s going to be a good video in a month!”

Is there a difference in approach for creating online content versus television or stand up?

Scott: For sure. I think online and what we do is so much more doable, I guess? Or not as specific? I feel like stand up, you got to have your character, and you have to be you and immediately present yourself in the first 20 seconds so the people would be like, “Oh, I like this guy. I feel comfortable watching him. I feel like I can hang out with that guy.” Who wants to hang out with Chazz? You can just watch him and be like, “That guy sucks. I hate him. He’s ridiculous.”

Tim: I think you can get a lot more experimental with the stuff that you do online. A lot of the stuff is a real stupid idea that I may tell Scott, and he may not get it but it can work on the Internet. On TV, unless you have an incredible pitch record or track record where people trust and say, “I’ll give you a 15 or 30 minute block on my network,” you got to be more safe with what you pitch. There’s been a show that we’ve been pitching for two years, and you have to make sure the show is diverse enough, and you have to make sure it’s neat and it stands on its own, but it still has an art. There’s a lot more rules you have to follow.

Scott: If there is a question that a network can ask you about your show and you can’t answer, then it’s gone. With internet and sketch comedy, it’s like, “What’s his deal? What’s his motivation?” Well, I don’t know. He’s weird. They’re not going to say, “Oh that’s great. He’s weird. You don’t know what this character is about.” They ask you one thing, and you say, “I don’t know what he’s like” and then it’s like, “Sorry, you’re fired.”

Basically, you guys are definitely part of a slight few that know how to use social media to build a brand for yourself. Do you think there’s a special formula for succeeding in new media?

Scott: I think production value. I probably would’ve ended up on YouTube if I hadn’t met Tim, but my videos would’ve just looked like garbage, and I’d probably have a little bit of a following because they’d think I’m funny, but it looks like crap. I think that one of the things that separates us from other people is our Alt News experience and the things that Tim learned; he’s just skilled at all this crap. Most people teach themselves how to edit and stuff instead of winning Emmy’s for it and knowing how to produce things. Tim’s really good at graphics and making it awesome, which stands out. People always say, “Yea, you suck but it looks great!”

Tim: I don’t even know how successful we are as far as social media, but I think it’s just kind of releasing videos on a consistent basis. It’s constantly talking to your audience and engaging them and asking questions. Sometimes, we’ll put out a video of a character that Scott’s done with incredible one liners, and I’ll put a poll on Facebook asking “What was your favorite line?” and lots of people respond to that, surprisingly. I guess it’s not that surprising to me because I just ask what was their favorite line, and they just click. It’s part of the poll. I think just engaging with your audience if you can. I don’t know if we’re the best at it, but if you can do it, it does pay off.

Scott: I’m such an “in-person” dude. I’m not a computer guy. It’s like a fence between you. I wish we could just see people. There’s Vidcon and those things, and I’d love to do that but I don’t think we’re big enough. Probably not. I think all those peoples have crazy viewers like 2.5 million subscribers. It’s so different though. Those people are vloggers like, “Hey this is me! Oh my god did you guys see that video of the panda trying to get its face in the train?”

We’ve noticed that viewers can get a helping of Magic Hugs comedy from various video outlets like Funny or Die, College Humor, and others. I guess it’s safe to say that the goal is not to get big on YouTube. What’s the goal of Magic Hugs?

Tim: Make movies!

Finally, any words of wisdom for any other comedians or people who are trying to do what you guys are doing?

Scott: Totally. Let me respond to those 18 year old kids in high school. I think the best advice that we follow is “Just do what you think is funny.” If it’s funny to you guys, then who cares. Sometimes, I do find myself worrying about how things are received, and you just got to stop. That’s the way it works. You’re going to think, “Do they like it? So many people said it sucked.” You can totally change your outlook on a video if you put it out and everyone says, “I’m obsessed with this. It’s great. It’s humongous,” or it gets a lot of views and people think it sucks. You just can’t let that affect you. You just got to keep making stuff that you think is funny and you laugh at, because that’s really all that matters. Whenever Tim and I think it’s funny and we both laugh at it, I think we’re both happy.

Tim: I say, “Impress your parents as much as you can. If my mom likes this then I gotta do it.”

Scott: That’s number two. Make sure you’re proud of it, and make sure your mom loves it the second you put it on YouTube. Make sure your mom understands the joke.

Tim: If I get a text from my mom within the first day that it was up then I know I did my job. She’s like, “Oh, that’s a good video for a change!”

Scott: That’s how you know you did shit. What did I do wrong? Why does my mom like this? If your mom calls you and she’s like, “I don’t get it. Who are you supposed to be?” I’m like, “Yes! OK, good. Got it! Check!”

How do we stalk you?

Scott: I tweet as Chazz sometimes. I used to, but not as much anymore. That’s @LEGITasBALLS. I don’t really tweet anymore. I tweet as the character Chazz, and it’s hard to think as an obnoxious, racist, sexist guy all the time; it gets exhausting. People love it, but it’s like, “Ugh, I don’t feel like being an asshole today.” I’m on Facebook – Scott Blair.

Tim: Friend the person. Not the public page.

Scott: I have a public page. Please friend that one. But now you know I will accept your friend request if you friend me on Facebook, and I will respond to your messages.

Tim: @magichugs and I think the Facebook page is Magic Hugs Comedy. I don’t like that one because I think some Indian took Magic Hugs.

Scott: Some dick.

Tim:  I want to know why they chose Magic Hugs. If you have Magic Hugs on Gmail can you please let us have it?

Scott: Tim knows how to hack.

Tim: I don’t! I wish I did.

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