Australians Matt Ford and Jack Steele may seem like a pair of average Joe’s, but their 1.2 million social media followers, modeling contracts with high-end brands, and spreads in magazines like GQ and Vogue tell a different story. The duo, known as The Inspired Unemployed, are not yet accustomed to their new lives, however—their ascent to fame only began when their comedy sketches started going viral in 2019. Now the two friends are taking on a new media format with their Spotify Original Podcast of the same name: The Inspired Unemployed.
Starting today, fans of The Inspired Unemployed account will get to listen to honest, real, and funny conversations that reflect on Jack and Matt’s feelings of being “fish out of water” in the world of internet stardom.
“The podcast is about us and how we are navigating the sudden whiplash of fame and success,” the best friends told For the Record. Apparently, that also includes changes in their family dynamics. “We have both overtaken our sisters and are now our mothers’ favorite children,” they added.
Their success didn’t come overnight, however. The pair took a big risk in quitting their day jobs once they started gaining a steady following in 2019. Now, even with millions of followers and 700,000 daily views, they’re still the bros-next-door who hit it off when they met in grade school over a decade ago.
That’s what makes them so engaging to watch and listen to. When it comes to finding creative inspiration, they shared, “Most of the time it’s just us sitting around talking about funny scenarios and then bringing them to life.”
And while their fan base is mainly concentrated close to home in the Australia and New Zealand regions, the pair hopes their weekly podcast will resonate around the world: “While you can see there is a very Aussie feel to our comedy, we still think it’s relatable. Humour is universal, after all.”
Ready for your weekly dose of tongue-in-cheek humor, spontaneous dares, and hilarious musings directly from the minds of Matt and Jack? Listen to the first episode of The Inspired Unemployed podcast below.