The Eric André Show

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The Eric André Show
Eric andre show title screen.jpg
Format Avant-garde
Surreal humor
Anti-humor
Black comedy
Sketch comedy
Slapstick
Created by Eric André
Presented by Eric André
Starring Eric André
Hannibal Buress
Narrated by Gary Anthony Williams (2012)
Tom Kane (2013–present)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (and 1 special) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Abso Lutely Productions
Sick Duck Productions
Working for Monsters
Naked Faces
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV (2012)
16:9 HDTV (2013–present)
Original run May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) – present
External links
Website

The Eric André Show is an American comedy television series on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. The show premiered in the United States on May 20, 2012, and is a parody of low-budget public-access talk shows. The series is hosted by comedian Eric André along with comedian Hannibal Buress, who serves as André's sidekick.[1][2] Gary Anthony Williams served as the announcer in the first season, being replaced by Tom Kane in the second season.

The first season ended with ten episodes on July 29, 2012. On December 31, 2012, The Eric André Show did a 45-minute live New Year's special, titled The Eric André New Year's Eve Spooktacular. The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 3, 2013.[3][4] In December 2013, the show was renewed for a third season.[5]

Development and production[edit]

In a 2012 interview Eric André mentioned being a big fan of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, a series that has previously aired on Cartoon Network and later Adult Swim, which was a major influence on him while developing the series. Before shooting André would re-watch several episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast in a row in order to "absorb as much Space Ghost" as he could. André would also ask executive producer and Adult Swim president Mike Lazzo several questions about the series, as he was an executive during its production run. To André's surprise Lazzo had no interest in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, saying "Space Ghost is dead to me".[6]

André, who was also known for his role as Mark Reynolds on the ABC sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 when the series launched, was warned by ABC network executives not to mention the series on The Eric André Show, as they did not want to create an association between the two shows. According to André several cast and crew members on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 were not even aware of the existence of Adult Swim when explaining to them The Eric André Show.[6] Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was later cancelled in January 2013.[7][8] In April 2013, it was announced that The Eric André Show has been renewed for another season, with a few of his former co-stars from the ABC show making appearances as guests.[4]

During season 1, the principal photography was done in an abandoned bodega in New York.[9][10] The painting of red rectangles in the set decoration also serves as the logo, emulated on the screen titling during shots with the band. The show is shot using old analog cameras, background music often from stock media, and low-budget titling effects to make it feel like a public-access show from the 1980s. All of the opening sequences for the show were filmed at the end of the shoot all at once over two and a half days. After being sick earlier in the week, André commented, "Fuck, it takes so much energy to break the set for that long." The desk André sits at is constructed of drywall to make it easier to break during skits.[11] A Jazz Band plays on the set during the introduction and transitions. Shots of the band are mostly pre-recorded with a few spoken lines and callbacks during on-stage skits.

For season 2, The Eric André Show changed to an HD Camera setup, a new set design and a new announcer. Because of the difficulties with gaining consent under California's regulations, some of the impromptu and hidden camera sketches had to be re-recorded in New York. André also admitted to using tactics on real celebrities to make them visibly uncomfortable during the taping without informing them, stating that he would "put old, rotten clams under their seat before they come out, or heat ducts in their seats so they’re just sweltering."[12]

Format[edit]

Every opening of the show starts with an announcer saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's The Eric André Show!" as André begins to destroy the backdrop, desk, and various furniture during the opening song playing in the background from the on-stage band. Everything is restored to its prior condition immediately by off-camera stagehands when the music stops and the show commences. Another staple of the show is the "We'll Be Right Back" freeze-frame interstitial at the end of every on-stage segment, usually occurring at an inconvenient time. No continuity after the interstitial is maintained at all; André always appears in successive segments of the show ignorant of, or unharmed by, any prior events. Besides the studio segments that are the main focus of the show, short sketches, candid camera footage, and non sequiturs, usually focused on André's absurd behavior in extemporaneous settings, are featured throughout the program.

Guest stars appear throughout the show, with a number of the guest stars being faked with impersonators or random people (e.g.: Jerry Seinfeld, George Clooney, The Hulk, Beyonce, Arnold Schwarzenegger [portrayed by Bruce Vilanch], and Jay-Z.) Actual celebrities do appear, but usually tend to be musicians (Pete Wentz, Devendra Banhart, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Chance the Rapper, Dave Koz), B-List to C-List actors (Ryan Phillipe, Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dolph Lundgren), or 1980's/1990's television stars (Sinbad, Tatyana Ali, Lorenzo Lamas). At the end of the show, a performer of some type plays over the ending credits. Ending performances are usually parodies of amateur acts common to public access television. In the first season finale, Eric becomes the musical guest, basically screaming into a bunch of microphones taped together while two drummers (Spencer Seim and Pete Newsom) play in the background.

Cast[edit]

  • Eric André is a hyperactive and dysfunctional host who has awkward moments with guests, makes senseless criticisms, or otherwise fails to properly maintain his screen presence. He often overreacts during interviews, acts aggressively towards his crew members, diverts from the script, and refuses to read the cue cards.[1]
  • Hannibal Buress offers anecdotes during the show that are similar to his stand-up acts. Otherwise, he serves as the straight-man to André's antics, giving an occasional reality check to André and his often manic behavior. Buress usually ends up correcting André's mistakes, shaming him on stage, or just interrupting people in general. Since there's only two chairs on The Eric André Show set, Buress ends up giving away his seat when a guest appears, standing off-camera at times.
  • Gary Anthony Williams is the voice-over announcer of the show during Season 1, who does not appear on camera. Other than the introduction, he typically announces only during game segments on the show, such as "This or That" and "What if it was purple?"
  • Tom Kane is the voice-over announcer of the show during season 2. Like Williams, he does not appear on camera.

Episodes[edit]

The Eric André Show series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 10 May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)
2 10 October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)
3 N/A 2014 (2014)[13] N/A
Special 1 December 31, 2012 (2012-12-31)

Live tours[edit]

The Eric André Show Live was a touring production of The Eric André Show in live venues that were booked during the airing of the first season of the show in 2012.[14] The tour was extended through September 21, 2012 with four additional east coast venues added to the schedule.[15] A follow-up tour is scheduled for November 2013.[16]

Home release[edit]

The entire first and second seasons were released on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.[17][18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zinoman, Jason (June 7, 2012). "The Rise of The Anti-Talk Show". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Conroy, Tom (2012-05-18). "Media Life Magazine – 'The Eric Andre Show,' bad, bad, bad". Medialifemagazine.com:8080. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ Evans, Bradford. "Season 2 of 'The Eric Andre Show' Premieres October 3rd". Splitsider. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  4. ^ a b Luippold, Ross (April 19, 2013). "'The Eric Andre Show' Renewed For Season 2 On Adult Swim". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Adult Swim's 'The Eric Andre Show' Renewed For Third Season". Deadline.com. PMC. December 9, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Luippold, Ross (May 10, 2012). "Eric Andre Talks His New Adult Swim Show That ABC Isn't 'Thrilled' About". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Goldberg (January 22, 2013). "ABC Yanks 'Apartment 23' From Schedule, Doubles Up on 'Happy Endings'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Caldwell, Sarah (April 18, 2013). "'Don't Trust the B-- in Apt. 23' will make remaining episodes available online". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tabrys, Jason. "Interview: The Mad Genius of Eric Andre". GeekNation. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Weingarten, Christopher. "'The Eric Andre Show': How an Unemployed Stand-Up Made the Weirdest Show on TV". SPIN.com. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (August 10, 2012). "'The Eric Andre Show': How an Unemployed Stand-Up Made the Weirdest Show on TV". Spin. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Evans, Bradford (October 3, 2013). "Talking to Eric Andre About Season 2 of 'The Eric Andre Show'". Splitsider. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show Renewed For Third Season". Deadline.com (PMC). December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ Wyatt, Josh. "The Eric Andre Show". Flavorpill. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ zetacoes. "The Eric Andre Show Live! Tour Back With Four New Dates". Adult Swim Central. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Eric Andre Show Live!". Adult Swim. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ The Eric André Show Season 1 on iTunes.
  18. ^ The Eric André Show Season 1 at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  19. ^ The Eric André Show Season 1 at Amazon Instant Video.

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