The Eric Andre Show, on Adult Swim, is about taking the 60+ year old late night talk format outside and putting that old fucker down. The fact that Jay Leno is STILL on the air doing his brand of “comedy” that celebrates being ignorant and that panders to old people and conservatives and anyone else who appreciates being blatantly pandered to, is enough evidence that late night may already be dead (although last month NBC announced it was cutting back on the Tonight Show’s budget – hopefully a sign of the end.) We’ve all seen enough of the tired today’s news based monologues that aren’t funny, the stale scripted guest interviews, and the same recycled bits and top ten lists. With the help of Tim & Eric’s production company, ABSO LUTELY, Andre and co-host Hannibal Buress are quite literally about destroying the concepts of the late night talk show and with that breathing new life into this obsolete format.
Starting each episode, Andre is introduced by running around screaming, breaking his set, assaulting his band, and other various scenes of carnage. Most of the guests are fake, such as a crackhead couple found on the streets of LA-billed as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, or bad celebrity impersonators of actors like George Clooney and Jack Nicholson. The actual celebrities that appear on the show are washed up (Sinbad & Tatyana Ali) and make you wonder if their in on the joke. Andre’s performance as host is emotionally sporadic, often seemingly bipolar and always a subversive departure from the expectations of his role as the star. Hannibal is the straight man sidekick who doesn’t seem to give a shit hes there and rather than blindly support Andre’s purposely awful jokes or bits, he lets the host know he is bombing.
Some examples of the musical guests have been a thrash metal band whose entire set is muted or Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire rapping over a lone opera singer. The filmed bits are openly mean spirited and have even led to Andre being locked up and an ongoing court case. Andre also gets naked alot.
In an interview with HuffPo Andre explained what he set out to do, “[The show is] basically like Space Ghost as a live-action show…with elements of The Tom Green Show and Ali G and Jackass, a little bit of “Chappelle’s Show” in there too. It’s just an absurdist, surreal late-night mock talk show.”
On behalf of SUPERCHIEF, we thank The Eric Andre Show for keeping our late night programming weird.
Heres some clips from Season 1:
Chaquita Banana Obama
WACKY NEWSPAPER ARTICLES!
Skat Auto Tune…That’s a New Genre Yo
Hey Tea Party!
Civil War Re-Enactment…Don’t Forget Them Slaves
Guest Reese Witherspoon, “…and I think because I’m who I am, they think I won’t ride the #4 bus.”
Guest Russel Brand, “The magic show is getting very, very popular on the sidewalk.”
Guest Rolph Lundgren, “I got those Viking genetics – its just like a bunch of like rapists and pillagers, but you know from Sweden.”
On Conan, “I feel awful. I finally saw that movie Precious in 3-D at the IMAX. And I ate a ton of mushrooms.”Tweet