The Gregory Brothers Auto-Tune the World of Online Comedy
“Antoine Dodson is probably one of the greatest unintentional singers of all time,” says Evan.
And that’s why the brothers are on more than just YouTube nowadays.
They’ve Appeared on Other Online Video Series
There seems to be a fraternity among the top comedy video creators, especially those who live in a close area (such as Los Angeles or New York City). The Gregory Brothers live in Brooklyn: Andrew and Michael share an apartment, while Evan and Sarah have their own place a few blocks away.
“We’re all in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn and spend way too much time together,” says Evan. “We’ve had to expand a little bit over the years so we don’t quite go insane going in each other’s space all the time.”
As New Yorkers, they’ve guested in episodes of Jake and Amir (a CollegeHumor series) and Key of Awesome. That Key of Awesome show saw them welcome Mark Douglas, the show’s writer, producer, and main performer, into their home. It gave the impression that the foursome lives in a Pee-Wee’s Playhouse type of apartment, where oddness and music are constants.
They’ve Been on the Comedy Central Comedy Awards
Comedy Central’s first-ever Comedy Awards in March was a who’s who of the biggest names in comedy today, featuring Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, The Lonely Island, David Letterman, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Kristen Wiig, Garry Shandling, Tracy Morgan, and Eddie Murphy. And The Gregory Brothers.
“I don’t know if it was flattering to us or insulting to the other guys,” says Evan.
The Gregories weren’t just there as guests, though: They were winners. The video for “Bed Intruder Song” (their Dodson-inspired work) took the prize for Best Viral Original. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay announced them as the winners.
“I think we all soiled ourselves a little bit,” Evan adds.
They’ve Performed at SXSW
At this year’s SXSW festival, a “carnival of craziness,” as Evan calls it, the foursome played four nights, spanning the interactive and music sections of the event. They fit in equally well in both parts. They did the shows for the exposure, not so much to the digerati (who already know them), but to the music companies. They also did it to prepare for the then-upcoming DigiTour.
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