For a couple of comedians, Jimmy Craig and Justin Parker don’t joke around much. Not, that is, when discussing their craft.
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we just take this very seriously,” says Parker, wondering aloud whether he should emulate the comic Louis C.K., who Parker says cracks a joke “every other line” in interviews.
“This is what we want,” he continues. “This is what we want to do with our lives.”
They’re hoping they get that chance after the recent triumph of “Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend,” a sweetly funny video imagining what it would be like if friends acted like pets. The clip, shot in their hometown of Billerica and posted in late November, went viral, collecting nearly 7 million YouTube plays in its first month and a segment on the “Today” show.
But in an age of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it online fame, how do two 27-year-old dreamers parlay that success and newfound recognition into steady comedy careers? That’s the puzzle they are attempting to solve through developing a full toolbox of skills, consistently generating quality material and, of course, keeping the phone close.
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