BriTANicK (Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher

10 COMICS TO WATCH: 'Avengers' director creates roles for viral video duo in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Brian McElhaney, right, and Nick Kocher first found success with Internet sketch comedy as the duo
BriTANicK.

Their videos — tightly edited and refreshingly absurdist things like their NYU senior thesis, “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses” — were shown to Joss Whedon, who sang their praises in a blog post that went up, unprovoked, the day before he began production on “The Avengers.” But the mere thought of sketch comedy sends shivers down both their spines.

“We go line-by-line, and have to agree on every single thing,” McElhaney says. “It’s really rewarding, but it takes so long to create anything.”

It’s this kind of attention to detail that caught not only Whedon’s eye (he gave both actors small parts in “Much Ado About Nothing”), but also that of “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, who invited them to write on their short-lived “The Goodwin Games.” The duo are now shooting roles in indie “Intramural,” as well as prepping a Comedy Central pilot where they’ll play heightened versions of themselves, as in their videos.

“We hold each other to a very high standard,” Kocher says. “If (a joke) doesn’t make one of us laugh very hard, it doesn’t go in.”

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