Luke Pierre Barats (born November 23, 1983) and Joe Daniel Bereta (born November 13, 1982) known as Barats and Bereta, is a web-based sketch comedy duo. Formed in 2003, the duo originally made videos to amuse their friends, often combining real and fictional acts. They had met when both were students of Gonzaga University. These videos eventually made it onto their website and onto YouTube. Their viral videos have also earned them the description of an internet phenomenon. They currently have over 394,000 subscribers on YouTube. Views of videos released in 2006 have topped over ten million and more recent videos have an average of 200,000 views. Both have portrayed characters on the popular YouTube web series The Annoying Orange.
NBC signed them for a one-year deal in 2006. "This is Culdesac", the sketch comedy pilot they produced, directed, wrote, edited, and acted in under contract, was not picked up by NBC. However their next television project was being a more traditional sitcom. The pilot did not result in the series airing.
Joe Bereta is currently a co-host on another YouTube channel, SourceFed.
Reason for no videos
The last video that was uploaded to the channel was on August 9, 2013. The reason for no videos since then is that Joe is working at Sourcefed and doesn't have the time to make videos for the channel. Joe has since left Sorcefed, but it is still unknown if new videos will be made. Luke has his own channel and is currently writing for TV shows.