Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
|Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule|
|Genre||Alternative comedy, surrealism, avant-garde|
|Created by||John C. Reilly
|Starring||John C. Reilly|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||John C. Reilly
|Running time||12 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Abso Lutely Productions
|Original channel||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original run||May 16, 2010– present|
|Preceded by||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!|
|Related shows||Tom Goes to the Mayor|
Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule is a spin-off of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! starring John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule. The series premiered on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim, on May 16, 2010.
...a show that genuinely feels like this guy made it himself. It's as if it's 4:30 in the morning he had snuck into the studio to make this show without getting permission. It's bare bones. Lots of technical problems. Just a mess. The whole thing is a big mess. A big beautiful mess.
The program follows Brule as he examines (or "checks out") different facets of living. His severe naïveté and social awkwardness generally land him in embarrassing situations, though he largely remains ignorant. Each episode begins with a poem or lyric pertaining to the subject of the show. Dr. Steve Brule credits the work, usually mispronouncing the author's name. His mispronunciations are a staple of the show (mispronouncing the name of nutritionist Dr. Johnny Boden both as "Dr. Jimmy Brungus" and "Dr. Jungy Brogan"). As the series progresses, he reveals shocking details about his past and personal life.
During an interview for Esquire, Reilly was asked about his experiences on the show. Although Reilly did not mind answering the question, he preferred not to elaborate on his character Steve Brule. He stated, "his persona would be more interesting if left a mystery", and felt the more he would elaborate on Brule's character the less interesting it would become to him.
The show also has recurring characters by the names of Terry Bruge-Hiplo, Doug Prishpreed, and Carol Krabit, as played by Robert Axelrod, Doug Foster, and Carol Kraft, respectively. Terry, Doug, and Carol have in-between spots announcing movie reviews and news updates. Also, Ron Don Volante is another spokesperson and is seen in the series promoting Toad products and his band Bottoms Up.
Season 1: 2010
|#||Total||Title||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Food"||May 16, 2010||105|
|Dr. Steve Brule talks about one of life's most essential means of survival: food. He meets waitress Sunshine, with whom he makes a surprising connection.|
|2||2||"Relationships"||May 23, 2010||102|
Dr. Steve Brule explores the wonders of relationships and sex. Dr. Brule interviews Dr. Don Davis about sex. Plus a look at Yesterday's Weather.Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim guest star as Channel 5's married news team, Jan and Wayne Skylar.
|3||3||"Family"||May 30, 2010||103|
|Dr. Steve discusses the importance of family. The Doctor visits his mother, Dorris Pringle-Brule, his magician uncle, Gary Brule, and his (non-existent) older brother, Stan Brule. Dr. Brule meets his estranged father in a park, who is later revealed to be a mere look-alike. Plus a look at sports.|
|4||4||"Health"||June 6, 2010||107|
|Dr. Steve discusses the topic of being ugly or pretty. A look at a high school quarterback. Also, spiritual health. Maria Bamford guest stars, and porn star Ms. Deja appears in an aerobics segment.|
|5||5||"Fear"||June 13, 2010||104|
|Dr. Steve addresses his fear of puppets. A visit to a puppet theater leads to a bad dream. An injury occurs during jack-o-lantern making. David Liebe Hart guest stars.|
|6||6||"Friendship"||June 20, 2010||106|
|Dr. Steve Brule visits a local male strip club in an effort to seek out new friends. He invites his neighbor Steve to assist him on his search for friends. Dr. Brule ends up passed out in a gay bar, revealing his own deep depression.|
Season 2: 2012
|#||Total||Title||Original air date||Production
|7||1||"Boats"||March 18, 2012||201|
|In a report on boats, Dr. Steve visits Captain Gary at the marina, scores big with dumpster seafood, and takes a kayak trip. A swarm of wasps interferes with the recording of "Yesterday's Weather." Carol Krabit discusses the best bait and location for crabbing.|
|8||2||"Pleasure"||March 25, 2012||203|
|Dr. Steve encounters injury and an old clown at a county fair. A spa and candy store are also explored, with haphazard results. Singer Ron Don Volante plugs new music.|
|9||3||"Money"||April 1, 2012||202|
|After a failed attempt to visit the US Mint, Dr. Steve braves a job interview, discovers card counting, and angers security guards at a casino. Doug Prishpreed reports on an upcoming decathlon and a failed cannon firing.|
|10||4||"Space"||April 8, 2012||204|
|In a close encounter of the questionable kind, Dr. Steve meets with aspiring actor and alien abductee David Liebe Hart to talk extraterrestrial technology.|
|11||5||"Animals"||April 15, 2012||205|
|Dr. Brule finally goes furry, all while promoting Toad's new Creamed Chip Beef, Corned Beef Hash combo can. Dr. Brule finds out he has Arachnophobia during his Doctor to Doctor with Sean Roach.|
|12||6||"Life"||April 22, 2012||206|
|Dr. Steve Brule goes on a journey through the physical as he meditates on life and then death.|
- Entertainment Weekly article: "'Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule': Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim on John C. Reilly's 'Awesome Show' spin-off."
- "John C. Reilly Quotes - Bio of John C. Reilly". Esquire. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- Sykes, Michael. "Interview: Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric)". Cool Try. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Official website
- Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule at the Internet Movie Database
- Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule at TV.com
- Tim and Eric.com