Two young guys in swim trunks casually stand on a Hilton Head Island boating dock, wondering aloud to a camera what to do with their free afternoon.
Suddenly, in an unbelievable, so-bad-it's-good use of special effects, a giant snake rears up and snatches one guy from the dock.
"Go home and get mom!" he sputters from the water.
"Grow up," his brother replies, before he, too, is gulped by the monstrous reptile.
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"I'm calling mom," the first says from inside the snake's stomach.
The one-minute video, titled "Giant Snake," is strange to some, hilarious to others, and -- with nearly 46 million views on YouTube -- the most popular video to date for Hilton Head brothers Mike and Jesse Garfield.
With 30,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel, the Garfields can be described as a mild Internet sensation, carving out a sketch comedy niche on a site that has more than 1 billion visitors, who each month watch more than 6 billion hours of video.
The Garfields' weekly videos include mostly silly scenario clips, like "Licking Objects Game," "Eating Jar of Mayo Challenge" and "Fireworks Gone Wrong," in which Mike, 33, and Jesse, 27, play the role of dumb punks looking for laughs.
"We just think of funny situations to put ourselves in and go from there," Jesse said.
Their giant creature series is by far the most popular, however. "Giant Snake," "Giant Squid," "Giant Octopus," "Giant Tarantula" and "Giant Scorpion" all have more than 1 million views. The formula is simple: The brothers find themselves face-to-face with "giant" toy animals, and larger-than-life freak outs ensue. Intellectual? No. Chuckle-inducing? Apparently.
"People like giant creatures. I don't know why," Mike said with a shrug.
The high volume of views is more than just validation that the brothers' love of entertaining has found a captive audience. The Garfields have been full-time YouTube content creators since 2008. What started as a hobby has become their livelihood. Each click might as well be accompanied by the ring of a cash machine.
This is made possible by YouTube's Partner Program, which enables selected "partners" to earn money from an ad-revenue sharing arrangement. Thousands of the site's popular channels reportedly earn six figures a year, with the top personalities -- think Jenna Marbles, Michelle Phan and Shane Dawson -- earning seven figures.
Like Mike and Jesse, most YouTubers make videos without much fanfare, using a single camera and basic editing software. Over the years, the Garfields have purchased nicer camera equipment to increase their videos' production quality, but their line of goofy, buddy comedy has remained unchanged. And they still take the time to respond to every single comment on their YouTube and Facebook sites.
It's a dream situation for the brothers, who both graduated from Hilton Head High School. Neither has had any job besides YouTube.
"We would most definitely be satisfied with only doing YouTube if that's as far as it went. Filming, editing and having an audience makes us happy, and YouTube gives us that opportunity," Jesse said.
Their father, Mike Garfield, never thought his sons' videos would make for a viable career path, but said he thinks what they're doing is great.
"I knew they were putting a lot of time and effort into it. If you enjoy what you do and can make it your career, that's fantastic."
That his sons would make a living being funny isn't too far-fetched, he added, because they were silly as kids, too.
"They would always play pranks on us and on each other. There was never a dull moment (with them)."
In person, the brothers are quiet and reserved, working silently and efficiently to set up the camera and arrange shots. Once the camera starts rolling, however, their inner outrageous personalities bubble over.
"We take it very seriously," Jesse said after filming one day. "When we're not shooting or working, we're pretty close to how we appear in the videos, just a bit smarter."
The brothers, who are also roommates, will usually spend three days working and editing a script, one day filming, one day editing footage and one day pumping it out on social media and responding to comments. By week's end, they've spent almost all their time together, just the two of them.
"We're pretty close to being the same," Mike said.
"We're best friends, so we really do everything together," Jesse added. "And we have fun filming, so it's not really like work."