Shirin Najafi and Julie Lake grew up in Palo Alto, California, where they met in high school and have been best friends ever since. In their adult years, they started collaborating creatively. In "George and Julie," Shirin plays the voice of George the cat while Julie plays Julie. In other videos, Shirin plays a live human (except for "Zoloft and Klonopin: An Opera," which is a puppet opera).

Their most recent project, "Mental," is a comedic web series about two friends who struggle with anxiety and depression. They've filmed one episode entitled "Palm Springs" and are currently in the process of fundraising for the rest of the series.

Outside of Magical Stew Productions, Julie is on the show Orange is the New Black as the role of meth-head Angie Rice. Shirin writes and directs comedy videos, which have been featured on Funny or Die and written up by various media.