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Omaha natives and YouTube stars Jack and Jack...

Posted at 5:33 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 18:33:45-05

The pop duo Jack and Jack have hit it big, touring across the country and world promoting their new EP 'Calibraska.' With hit singles like 'California' and 'Wild Life', which peaked at number 2 on iTunes and number 87 on the U.S. Billboard hot 100, the two are fresh off an international tour and playing their hometown crowd Friday night at the Ralston arena. 

Their second show at home is tonight and the two have added to the show's production for their fans.

"Confetti, laser lights and stuff and fog. It just gets people excited," Jack Galinksy said.

"For the older demographic,moms and dads, we have a cover by Sublime," Jack Johnson said.

Before their big homecoming show, KMTV caught up with Jack J and Jack G at home, jamming on the Galinksy family piano, and going through old photos.

"This is 2012 so we were sophomores," Jack G says, picking up a year book from Westside High School.

The Jacks met in Omaha when they were in the same Kindergarten class. In 2007 they started making silly videos together for YouTube, under the name 'mother falcon quaqmire.' You can still find the videos online, along with dozens of other Vine videos and YouTube clips the two added over the years. In 2013, the Westside high school students say their videos started getting noticed, but they say they still stayed real. In school the guys were more class clowns than jocks, playing on the JV tennis team and rooting on their classmates.

"We were the guys always in the front row, like the student section," Galinksy said.

The past two years have been a whirlwind for the boys. High school graduation, press, moving to LA, gaining millions of online viewers, cutting a record this summer, and getting "heartthrob status" from thousands of tweens and teens. Throughout it all, Omaha isn't far from their minds.

"Once it comes to the point where you forget where you are where you are, that's when it starts going downhill. That's when you start loosing those fans and the genuine connection that you have with people," Johnson said.

Want to hear more from Jack and Jack? Check out our KMTV web extra.