Jamie Abrams and DJ Lubel are either comedy geniuses, bitter mysogynists or something in between. Regardless of the label you feel is most appropriate, they are the creators behind the latest comedy music video to go viral: “The Women of L.A.”, in which Lubel laments through song his inability to get the women of L.A. to sleep with him, since his “face looks like Andy Dick” and his “only credit on IMDB is an extra on Community.”
Abrams and Lubel chatted with us about love, lust, and the controversy their video is stirring in the L.A. comedy community.
A lot of people are calling you misogynistic hypocrites. What is your response to that?
Jamie: I could appreciate the fact that it could be offensive to some people, but there's no question that there's a segment of the Los Angeles population that this rings true for. We've experienced a lot of it. Is it a universal characterization? Absolutely not. You can't say that about any stereotype. We didn't set out to make something offensive. We just want to make people laugh! There's always two sides to every coin…You just hope there are more people on the side you're on.
DJ: I love girls in Los Angeles. I adore them. Do you really think we believe anything we said in this? I just wanted to make people giggle. That's all we care about. We're having fun right now, I promise, we don't mean this!
Jamie: The girls in the valley are hot!
I could especially understand why the segments making fun of Valley girls and Persian girls could be seen as offensive. How did the actresses portraying those roles feel about the project?
DJ: All the girls we cast knew this was tongue-in-cheek and had a great senses of humor about it. The Valley Girls thought it was all hilarious. I am cast specifically as the super-nerd in everything I've ever been in and I can accept and laugh about that.
Have you guys ever been offended by someone else's comedy?
DJ: Something not being funny offends me more.
Jamie: Standard line is — I'm offended as a comedian, not as a human. Actually, Dane Cook and Anthony Jeselnik made jokes the day after the Aurora shooting and I was offended by that. That wasn't OK.
DJ: Agreed. I'm more offended by violent things than sexual things.
Up next: have they gotten laid yet?
Where do you hope the success of this video will take you?
Jamie: We made this as a marketing tool. We have a TV concept that's loosely based on this concept. It's not about Los Angeles women. I've been pushing paper for the last six years and I'm so fed up with the process. He's generated a lot of content too.
DJ: We have so many ideas and stories to tell, and this was the only way to get anyone's attention.
Jamie: I'm tired of seeing snot-nosed kids who write funny 140-character responses on Twitter get TV shows. It seems like the only way to make a splash and get everybody's attention is to put something shiny and bright in front of their face, and that's why we did this.
Are you guys just looking to get laid out there, or are you looking for love?
Jamie: To be honest, I tell everyone I'm looking for love, and I feel that in my heart, but in truth I don't practice anything I preach. I continually get myself in situations where I will chase a girl and if I'm fortunate enough to get her to like me, as soon as things start to get the slightest bit serious, I usually want out. It's bad, but I know it about myself. I just don't know how to fix it.
I had one girlfriend in my mid-twenties who I really loved and she left me. She was very uneasy about my entertainment career. She wanted to be “taken care of properly.” Since that time, part of me has never been able to get over that rejection and that was seven years ago.
DJ: I have been in love. I was very much in love. But that ended. It was long distance. It was tough. I'm not really looking for that right now. I'm focusing on my work and becoming the funniest and best comedian I can be. That's what I care about in this moment now.
Jamie: Worst thing for comedy, by the way: being in love.
DJ: Nothing makes you less funny.
JAMIE: You need the pain.
So? Have you gotten laid since this video went viral?
DJ: I haven't had time! I haven't had time to breathe. I literally have not slept in four days. On the way to one of our interviews I fainted!
Jamie: He fainted.
DJ: I thought I was dying. He had to pull the car over.
Jamie: So the short answer is, no.
FUN FACT: The phone number in the video is an actual number for a phone Lubel and Abrams bought just to receive calls from viewers who tried the number. So if you've got strong feelings about this video, you know who to call.