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These SoCal bros went viral for their prankish videos from city council meetings. Now they're taking their humor to Netflix.

Tom Allen and John Parr — who go by Chad Kroeger and JT Parr while in character — first got attention lobbying for a Paul Walker statue.
John Parr as JT Parr and Tom Allen as Chad Kroeger in their Netflix show, “Chad and JT Go Deep.”
John Parr as JT Parr and Tom Allen as Chad Kroeger in their Netflix show, “Chad and JT Go Deep.”Adam Rose / Netflix

Chad Kroeger and JT Parr, whose real names are Tom Allen and John Parr, are just two Southern California bros trying to "spread the stoke."

If you don't know what their signature "get stoked" catchphrase means, you're not alone. It's surfer slang that the Urban Dictionary defines as being “completely and intensely enthusiastic ... or excited about something.”

And that's exactly what they've become known for.

The duo — who, like comedians Nathan Fielder and Sacha Baron Cohen, often remain in character whenever they're on camera — have grown popular online for documenting their attempts to get regular people "stoked" about causes they care about. It's a "half-serious, half-farcical political agenda," as Vice described it.

What they call "activism" other people may perceive more as viral antics. They first blew up online after they posted a video of themselves at a San Clemente City Council meeting petitioning for a statue of the late "Fast & Furious" franchise star Paul Walker in 2017. They later gained notoriety in 2020 when they tried to "solve" the mask shortage in Huntington Beach, where hundreds of people had flooded the streets to protest California Gov. Gavin Newsom's directive that beaches remain off-limits early in the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, they hope to showcase more of the behind-the-scenes environment of their comedic personae with their Netflix show, "Chad & JT Go Deep," which debuts Tuesday.

"We didn’t expect it [our activism] to blow up like it did," said Allen, who remained in character in an interview over Zoom. "We're just following our passions, and the world is responding."

In the series, Chad and JT continue to identify causes they are passionate about (for example, in episode one they enact a campaign to "protect our boarders," referring to ... skateboarders). Sprinkled among the "activism" are interviews with fellow members of their crew, who (kind of) include Zedd, the famous DJ. But the main storyline explores what happens when cancel culture hits.

The series is an extension of the brand they've built online. Videos on their YouTube channel have amassed millions of views. Their podcast has also built a passionate following, with many fans, who call themselves "stokers," posting their thoughts on episodes in an ongoing Reddit thread.

It's also the latest show to blur the lines between reality and fiction, which comes as no surprise given that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the comedy duo from "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" are the producers. Their production company is also behind "The Eric Andre Show" and "Nathan For You," which also fall into the docu-reality/sketch comedy television realm.

"It was cool to have a production team behind us on this capturing everything," Allen said. "Having a crew behind you push your ideas out to the world was great, because we could focus purely on the stoke. I could focus on it without thinking of logistics, which are oftentimes a bummer."

Parr agreed, saying the show captures "more of a personal journey" than in what appears on their YouTube channel and podcast.

"It lets people more into us and into our relationship," he said in the Zoom call, also remaining in character. "I think that was kind of the goal with this."

Allen said: "The internet videos are a small piece. ... It's purely the activism. With this show, we wanted it to be a deeper dive and explore our relationship with our crew and some of the things we deal with from time to time. Like the cancellation and how we use our crew to overcome obstacles like that."

While they sometimes encounter people who are either confused by their message or angered by it, they aren't bothered.

"We have natural pacifying energies," Allen said. "Mostly because I carry a crystal on me when I interact with people.

"If you lead with stoke, even if someone gets heated, it's tough for them to come to actually squaring up for real," he added. "Because we’re just two chill dudes."

If you lead with stoke, even if someone gets heated, it’s tough for them to come to actually squaring up for real. Because we’re just two chill dudes.

— Tom Allen, aka Chad kroeger, of "Chad and JT Go Deep"

While they mostly stick to Southern California, the duo have found themselves making headlines across the U.S. Most recently, they campaigned this month for the "right to bare arms" at a City Council meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

"We thought that they meant sleeves would be mandatory," Parr told local reporters. "But turns out that's not the issue, but if it ever does become an issue, we will fight it with all that's in our biceps."

Asked whether they plan to "spread their stoke activism" elsewhere, they hinted that more travels are on the horizon.

"I don't want to tip our future ambish too much, but that's an affirmative 10-4, oh, yeah," Parr said.

In the meantime, they just hope people watch the Netflix show. They even petitioned the Los Angeles City Council to make Aug. 23, the day the show is released, "No City Council Day."

"What up, council," Allen said to council members Friday, before he proceeded to petition them to "reward" themselves by watching the new show.

"We need you, hard-working civil servants, to stay at home, blow off work and watch the full series so you can help boost the algo and we don't get lost in the infamous Netflix shuffle."

Watch the full clip of their Los Angeles City Council appearance below.