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I'm not sure this is comedy. It presents itself as a talk show. The
host, Eric Andre, seems to be trapped in the role. The show opens with
Eric absolutely destroying the set. Within seconds, like in a bad dream
the set magically reassembles itself and the show continues, the host,
his defenses momentarily derailed declares, "I'm dying". There is
something that appears to be comedy, but, all the while, the
participants seem to be holding back a pent-up fear and generalized
hostility, if not disorientation. The participants don't quite seem to
be in control, and react to the hidden forces around them with horror.
At one point, the show subjects Andre and his co-host to an insane game
show, without warning, where Andre is drenched with scalding hot coffee
after every question. We seem to be viewing some sort inescapable
closed universe containing nothing but an endless slightly nightmarish
talk show. It feels like a bad dream, half remembered. It feels like
there's some unspeakable horror lurking just off-camera that the people
on-stage can see, but, we can't, and they can only stay safe by
pretending to ignore it.
I like what the show is trying to do, even if it's more unsettling, then funny, much like "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job", produced by the same production company. There's just something kind of compelling, here. More so than most of Adult Swim's live action shows. It'll be interesting to see where they go with this.
I'd disregard taking any review into consideration from someone who
says for Adult Swim to play more Family Guy and American Dad.
This show is great, the comedy can be in your face or really subtle and witty at times. Eric Adre's skits are well thought out in my opinion, and Hannibal is one of the funniest co-hosts on any television show I've watched.
The guests are great, the sketches in between the studio shots make me laugh harder than anything. Telling the Tea-Party that they "forgot their masks" was one of the greatest things I've seen on Adult Swim in awhile, and I've been watching since the beginning.
TL;DR-At least give it a shot once, there's not one bad episode
I've been watching adult swim since I was a young buck and they've
managed to surprise me once again by how far they can take comedy away
from the norm. I didn't expect much after watching the commercials but
after I gave it a try, I became addicted. It's unlike any talk show
I've seen before, the discomfort and awkwardness in the guests is
clearly visible, partly due to Hannibal standing behind them during
interviews. The sketches are original and hilarious and the comedic
timing of Eric Andre is amazing. This show is better than Family Guy or
Robot Chicken by a mile. The interview with a grizzly bear is one of
the funniest things I've ever seen in my life.
Eric and Hannibal make a great comedic team, give this show a try.
The Eric Andre show is a parody of every terrible art school party,
every terrible noise show, and every stand-up act that was only
laughable because of how bad it was. These flavors are combined to
create a deconstruction of the talk/skit late-night show that
occasionally ascends to brilliance.
The sublime intro sequence begins slowly but rapidly advances in tempo as mr. andre destroys his set and clothes in an escalating fit of madness before, suddenly clothed again, sitting down exhausted. As a new curtain descends behind him and a fresh desk pushed in front of him the audience is left with the illusion that this act repeats week after week and the show is performed in the expanding refuse of previous sets.
Adult swim sometimes spews out some great comedy. "The Eric Andre Show" is one of those examples. It is a fantastic deconstruction of late night talk-shows with an extreme wacky format that alternates between interviews and silly skits. The show, in it's parodistic nature, shows the interviewees very uncomfortable and acting as if they don't want to be there while Eric asks very bizarre questions or makes obviously inappropriate comments toward them. Hannibal Buress also does a great job as the 'sidekick' to Eric, providing strange momentum and sometimes saying something that's fully incoherent and doesn't connect to anything whatsoever. The Introductions to the show are always funny and witty, showing Eric completely destroying everything in sight. I believe that this show is a hidden gem, since it's probably overlooked by critics and has a late time slot at 12:30 A.M. You can't just watch one episode and dismiss it. This show will crack you up if you give it a chance. Think of this show as "Comedy Bang Bang" times fifty.
Eric's show is different and does a lot of out of the norm thing that end up giving the viewer a big laugh.In just 12 minutes you can expect at least 3 big big laughs. I normally watch them 5-6 at a time on the DVR when I'm in the mood. I love the destruction of the set and the shock value he does to his guests. The Maria Menounos episode was perfect " Pick a person" and when she finally picks a person, that person is immediately shot. Pure Genius! I love the band and Hannibal who is always funny. Everyone welcome James Van Der Beek, cut to a shot of the guest band leader vomiting, how could anyone not understand the genius of this show? I hope he keeps this show or gets a bigger one.
The past year Adult Swim has shown me nothing new or exciting, every show is either competing with Tim and Eric, or mimicking it. Although their style is genius it was gotten a little dry since the billion dollar movie. When i first saw the trailer for the Eric Andre show I was even more disappointed, ready for yet another tim and eric knock off. After watching the premier episode I felt as if I had never laughed before. Everything was unexpected, and completely over the top in a way that nobody has ever gotten close to. I never know what to expect, and the commercials for each episode have entirely no footage from the actual episode. The Eric Andre show refreshed the talk show vibe with original pranks, and a surprisingly deep layers of humor. One must watch each episode 3 or 4 times to really see everything they pack into it. What i'd really like to see is everything that doesn't air.
I was struck a few months ago by how brilliant most of the programming
on Adult Swim's late night comedy block truly is. I've come to expect
that anything produced by PFFR Forever Ltd.(Xavier: Renegade Angel;
Delocated; The Heart, She Holler) is going to be great, and I can cop
to enjoying certain other shows like old-school Aqua Teen Hunger Force,
along with newer stuff like Squidbillies, Off The Air, and Children's
Hospital. Really though, I think it's pretty clear that those weirdos
"Tim and Eric" represent the modern ethos of this fledgling
counterculture-TV-thing called Adult Swim. When I read that they were
responsible for producing this freaky "Eric Andre Show" I wasn't
surprised at all.
Nor was I surprised by its off-the-wall nature, though I suppose you could say I was at times shocked by it. This is truly radical television, a knowingly smart train wreck that sometimes doesn't know when to stop itself. There are moments when you can't help but cringe for the poor B-list guests(just watch Lou Ferrigno squirm as a little dude in green Hulk makeup gets way too close), and some of the man-in-the-street gags amount to little more than Eric barfing on people. However, when the insanity works, there is almost nothing else on television that even tries to entertain on this level.
One true asset is the impossibly laid-back co-host, Hannibal Buress. He serves both as a straight man to Eric's straight-jacket man, and as a welcome distraction for the often uncomfortable guests (who we, the audience, have come to identify with, thus making Hannibal a welcome distraction for us, too.) Some of the random segments involving Hannibal are highlights because they are equally absurd as, but usually less abrasive than, the bulk of the show.
Speaking of abrasiveness, from the opening credit sequence in which Eric destroys his own set while the band jams both aimlessly and furiously in the background, to the way he often pulls out weapons from unexpected locations and "shoots" or otherwise "kills" somebody at random, to his inexplicably rude or outrageous behavior during interviews... it's easy to understand why a lot of people really don't appreciate this type of humor. It reminds me a lot of the late-nineties "Tom Green Show" on MTV- truly out there.
So, personally, I love this type of humor. However, I can understand why people who are easily offended by violence and crude sexual/gross-out humor might really hate it. That said... those people should really get over it.
Thanks for reading what unintentionally became a pretty long and wordy review.
Let's see... My experience watching the Eric Andre show is a bit hard to describe. After they have been plugging this program for months on Adult Swim, I finally committed myself to watching a couple episodes. On both occasions I am left feeling disoriented. Like I ate acid in a crowded airport or something of the sort. This show's idea of comedy is so random and strange. I love lunatic fringe as much as the next weirdo, but this is really out there. On a positive note, the show does leave me feeling a bit curious to see what other outrageous things they will cook up. Also, Eric and Hannibal have a great chemistry on screen. Its not so bad. I'd prefer it over the likes of Children's hospital or Check it out, but that really doesn't say a whole lot.
PRETZELS IS THE SAME
DUE PROCESS AND THE COURT OF LAW AND ALL THAT LOOK AT MY SUIT
haven't laughed this much since the first season of bob's burgers
ten lines, sch-men lines
this show is not for racists and/or conservatives
everything is well planned and a lot of people just don't get it. it has a constant charm of everything falling apart, yet it is meticulously crafted. Andre and Hannibal compliment each other well and one cannot predict what happens next
which is great.
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