I’m off until July 21. Until then, if you have breaking TV/radio news, contact Jennifer Brett at email@example.com. Until then, here’s something I wrote before I left:
Atlanta-based Adult Swim over the past decade has built its reputation for its anything-goes ethos, nurtured by shows such as “Robot Chicken” and “Tim and Eric Show, Great Job!”
“The Eric Andre Show” fits right in. Andre’s show includes pranks and bits (he messes with Tea Party members and Mensa conventioneers) mixed with talk-show moments that mock talk-show conventions. He includes fellow comic Hannibal Buress as his sidekick and a house band.
At the same time, he likes to destroy his set and go nude when necessary. (”I’m a masochist,” he said.) The show evokes a bit of Tom Green, Ali G and Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick. And for folks with even longer memories, Andre’s program will bring back memories of the original Adult Swim show, “Space Ghost.”
“They’re the most creative network out there and they gave me creative freedom,” he said earlier this month in an impressively disjointed phone conversation where our connection kept getting cut off. Plus, he was eating lunch with Tatyana Ali, the actress best known for her stint on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
Andre is also a regular on “Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23″ on ABC. So his career went from nowhere to, well, quite a bit somewhere.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I was in unemployment. I was just working to get my act better. I was taking acting classes. I was failing miserably at auditions. I created demo reels for both shows simultaneously. It worked on both things.”
His guests are usually recognizable but not A list: Rick Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Sinbad. He said given the relative lack of knowledge of what his show was, it was a stretch to even get them on the set. “We knocked on every door,” he said.
“The Eric Andrew Show”
12:30 a.m. Mondays, Adult Swim (finale on July 23)
Adult Swim’s Eric Andre Show with Rob Haze, Gilbert Law, & Killer Mike
9 p.m. Tuesday, July 12
$12, The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., NE, Atlanta
Buy advance tickets here.
Other recent “Adult Swim” stories: Tim and Eric’s effort in film.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk