Nick Swardson's Pretend Time
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2011)|
|Nick Swardson's Pretend Time|
|Created by||Nick Swardson
|Directed by||Tom Gianas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||14 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Nick Swardson|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Happy Madison Productions|
|Original channel||Comedy Central|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original run||October 12, 2010– November 16, 2011|
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time was a TV sketch comedy show created by and starring comedian and actor Nick Swardson. The show premiered on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 10 p.m. EST on Comedy Central and ran for two seasons, with the final first-run episode airing November 16, 2011.
Each episode would begin with Swardson doing stand-up comedy on stage, in front of an audience at a comedy club. He would tell jokes and discuss a topic which would be relevant to the episode. This would usually be something random about himself or about the show. The episode would then cut away to several pretaped sketches.
The show featured comedic sketches, such as Wheelchair Cat, a masturbating sniper, and a parody of Nightmare on Elm Street involving incest-related dreams. Each episode from the first season included appearances from an animated character named Gay Robot, who originally appeared on Adam Sandler's comedy album Shh...Don't Tell. Gay Robot was voiced by Nick Swardson.
All of the episode titles were named after whatever Nick's favorite line from each episode was. For instance, in the season one finale, a house owner asks their guest if they know what the address of the house is, and the guest replies sarcastically with "Um... I don't know... Blah Blah Blah Main Street?" The latter part of the line was chosen as the title for the seventh episode of the first season.
On September 28, 2011, a 'Clip Show' episode was aired featuring the most popular skits from the first season.
On February 6, 2012, Swardson announced through his Facebook account that there would be no more episodes made. Reruns of the show still air sporadically on Comedy Central.
Season 1: 2010
|#||Title||Guest(s)||Original air date|
|1||"Powdered Donuts Make Me Go Nuts"||Natasha Leggero & Ryan Phillippe||October 12, 2010|
Nick dedicates the episode to his dead cat Fitzgerald. Sketches include a paralyzed cat, the television introduction of Gay Robot, a father who writes a "bucket list" for his son, a car that runs on urine, and a profile of Lady Gaga's brother, Garry, a New Jersey police officer.This episode was dedicated to comedian Greg Giraldo
|2||"The Leather Swingset With the Monkey and the Gun"||Finesse Mitchell & Shwayze||October 19, 2010|
|Nick discusses how dirty the show can be. Sketches include inappropriate paramedics, a house haunted by an optically challenged portrait, Gay Robot's creepy neighbor, an ill-fated jungle expedition, and a civil-rights-era fable.|
|3||"I Just Got Voodoo'd"||Nick Kroll, Paul F. Tompkins,
& Katrina Bowden
|October 26, 2010|
|Nick talks about the trouble they had casting the Freddy Krueger sketch. Sketches include a parody of Nightmare on Elm Street, a parody of Top Chef, Nick as a ballet dancer, and a parody of a 1940s mummy film.|
|4||"Mudslide Junction"||Adam Scott, Kerri Kenney,
& Horatio Sanz
|November 2, 2010|
|Nick talks about how happy he is to be working with Gay Robot again. Sketches include a cereal parody with an insane sponsor, a radio personality who has a knack for delivering bad news, and innovative camping equipment.|
|5||"Relapse Into Refreshment"||Duncan Trussell Matt Walsh & Bob Odenkirk||November 9, 2010|
|Nick discusses his obsession with scatological humor at an early age. Sketches include a TV show about a masturbating sniper, pirates following a treasure map tatooed to one of their scrotums, and a man with unorthodox survival skills such as bashing out his teeth to make a weapon to fight night creatures and bigfoot, eating rocks, and giving himself oral sex.|
|6||"Monday Morning Meltdown"||Paul Scheer & Harland Williams||November 16, 2010|
|A parody of James Cameron's Avatar set in an office, a TV show, called "Critter Getters", about two men capturing a bear, and an appearance by Superman.|
|7||"Blah Blah Blah Main Street"||Richard Riehle, Laura Kightlinger,
& Owen Benjamin
|November 23, 2010|
|Nick discusses his horrible kitten sweater. Featuring sketches about an ill-fated couple's role playing, a family's guest with an uncontrollable need for the bath room, Gay Robot trying to buy plane tickets to an alien probing site, the scenario of Titanic if it was in an underwater planet, a forest ranger's job of breaking up homosexual intimacy, the recovery of a time capsule filled with sexual objects, and a man who wants to work at a cupcake factory with a twist.|
Season 2: 2011
|#||Title||Guest(s)||Original air date|
|8||"Baby Not From Booty"||October 5, 2011|
|9||"Show Me on the Doll"||Too Short||October 12, 2011|
|10||"PETA Not on Set"||October 19, 2011|
|Nick discusses figure skating and smartphones, Vanilla: the suicidal dog, Handyman 3000 private masturbator, "Meating" the Parents, Piñata Your Body, Party Olympics, Live News, Pump Punch punching bag.|
|11||"Full Blown Eggs"||Laura Silverman, Jay Johnston,
& Steve Agee
|October 26, 2011|
|Nick's run-in with his mother's cat; Party Pants; Wheelchair Cat and the cocaine overdose girl; Big Tits Eat Free; People's Corner: Frank Jaspers; Victims of the recession: Bargain Bob's; Adult predators.|
|12||"The Mis-Education of Garry Gaga"||November 2, 2011|
|Nick discusses flying next to Liv Tyler; Famous Siblings Vol.10: Garry Gaga; NanaStall; Face transplant from Denny's medical center; The Drunk Whisperer; drunk driving and the NBA; Fist Cam; Stuck in an elevator.|
|13||"Flying Stripper"||Ron Perlman||November 9, 2011|
|Nick discusses Johnny Depp's great life; a couple's magic show date ends badly; The Flying Stripper; Do we know each other?; Failed inventions; Creepio turns Thanksgiving into a nightmare; missing woman.|
|14||"Legalize Meth"||Owen Benjamin & Jeff Richards||November 16, 2011|
|Series finale. Nick discusses sketches that didn't make it; drunk girls cause problems at a fast food restaurant; a first time dad gets upset about visitors at a hospital's baby nursery.|
- "Comedy Central Greenlights Nick Swardson Sketch Series". Comedy Central. October 29, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- "Get a Taste of Nick!". Comedy Central. September 20, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- Rosenberg, Scott A. (October 11, 2010). "Nick Swardson: Time To Pretend". a.m. New York. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Hale, Mike (October 11, 2010). "A Stand-Up Comedian Walks Into Some Sketches". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Lowry, Brian (October 11, 2010). "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Variety Review". Variety. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- "Pretend Time Clip Show". IMDB.