Tim Heidecker

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Tim Heidecker
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performing live in Los Angeles, 2012
Born (1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 38)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation comedian, writer, director, actor, musician
Spouse(s) Marilyn Porayko
Website
http://www.timanderic.com

Tim Heidecker (born February 3, 1976) is an American comedian, writer, director, actor and musician. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim & Eric, along with Eric Wareheim. Heidecker and Wareheim are noted for creating the television shows Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

Early life and career[edit]

Heidecker was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Allentown Central Catholic High School and Temple University.[1]

Heidecker and Wareheim first became known as the creators, writers, and stars of Tom Goes to the Mayor, a limited animation series that originally aired from November 2004 to September 2006 on the Adult Swim channel. Tim plays "Tom," the protagonist of the show. He continually brings his ideas to the Mayor (played by Wareheim), who ends up thwarting them in most cases and leaving Tom worse off than when he started. According to their website Wareheim and Heidecker had mailed copies of an early version of the show to comedian Bob Odenkirk, who agreed to take on the project as the executive producer of the series and sold it to Adult Swim.[2]

The duo's most recent show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, premiered on February 11, 2007 on Adult Swim. The eleven minute show features "live action, sketch, animation, emotions, phone calls, love, etc."

Heidecker starred in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Wareheim and Heidecker appeared together as Debt Collectors on the Adult Swim special, The Young Persons Guide to History and have made guest appearances in the movie Let's Go to Prison, as well as the Scottish video game series VideoGaiden and a Version 2 episode of Mega64.[3] Heidecker also had a small role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, and a leading role in the 2012 independent drama The Comedy, directed by Rick Alverson and also starring Wareheim. In July 2012, Heidecker starred in an episode of Workaholics. In August 2012, he guest starred in Dinosaur Jr.'s music video "Watch the Corners."[4] In the same year, Heidecker made a cameo appearance on the interdependent movie reviewing site, "Red Letter Media". Heidecker appeared in an episode of the RedLetterMedia series, "Half in The Bag." The episode is titled, "Season Finale: Step Up Revolution." Within the short sketch comedy, Heidecker plays a VCR repair man named "Tim". Shortly after his introduction into the scene, he flies through the ceiling and makes his exit from the skit.[5]

Heidecker starred in a series of films for Absolut Vodka's website with Wareheim and Zach Galifianakis. In March 2010, Heidecker and Wareheim directed a series of Old Spice commercials starring actor Terry Crews. Using characters and skits from Awesome Show, Heidecker and Wareheim (via their Abso Lutely production company) created an online-only show called "Tim and Eric Nite Live!," originally broadcast on the website SuperDeluxe.

Since 2012 Heidecker has been hosting a parodic web series and podcast called On Cinema, where he and special guest (Gregg Turkington) discuss films from past and present. Episodes are fairly short, with a running time of about six to eight minutes. In 2013 an On Cinema Film Guide app was released, featuring the voices of Heidecker and Turkington reviewing over 17,000 films.

Heidecker, Wareheim, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Reggie Watts announced on Comedy Bang Bang they were starting a comedy YouTube channel called Jash.

Music[edit]

Heidecker played in various indie rock bands while in Philadelphia. He made an appearance in the 2008 Ben Folds Five and Regina Spektor music video entitled "You Don't Know Me."

Although Davin Wood composed the music for Awesome Show, Heidecker would sometimes sing and write lyrics. Williams Street Records released both Awesome Record, Great Songs! and Uncle Muscles Presents Casey And His Brother in 2008, featuring music from the first two seasons. Wood previously composed the music for Tom Goes To The Mayor, and he and Heidecker form the duo Heidecker & Wood. Inspired by 1970s soft rock, they released their first album, Starting From Nowhere, on March 15, 2011.[6] The duo released a second album in the same style on November 12, 2013, Some Things Never Stay the Same. They cite the influence of Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, and Boz Scaggs.[7] The duo will perform in October at Festival Supreme.[8]

In October 2012, Heidecker contributed a parody campaign jingle for Herman Cain's presidential bid titled "Cain Train".[9] This was the first of nine songs which would eventually become a full album, titled Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain. All of the proceeds from the album's sales go to benefit the Violence Intervention Program.[10] The number nine was chosen as the number of songs, and $9.99 the original price, in reference to Herman Cain's 9-9-9 financial plan.

The day after the release of Bob Dylan's album Tempest in September 2012, Heidecker released a song called "Titanic", which is a 15-minute-long spoof of the track on the album. In 2013, he released two more Dylan parodies—"Running Out the Clock", inspired by Dylan's 1983 album Infidels, and "Long Black Dress", a song in the actual style of Dylan's album Tempest—and collaborated with the indie band The Earth is a Man on a cover of Dylan's "All the Tired Horses."

In December 2013, Heidecker released the album Urinal St. Station under the Drag City label with his band, The Yellow River Boys.[11] The lead single, "Hot Piss," was released in June 2013.[12] Vice Magazine named Urinal St. Station as the best album of 2013.[13]

On June 24, 2014, Heidecker and Wareheim released a 12" single, "Jambalaya", as Pusswhip Banggang.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Heidecker is married to Marilyn Porayko.[15][16][17][18] She has appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

In March 2006, Tim was stabbed twice in the upper back while attempting to protect an elderly neighbor. The wounds were not life-threatening.[19][20]

Heidecker's wife gave birth to a girl, Amelia, in November 2013.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Attic Expeditions, TheThe Attic Expeditions Orderly Film debut
2006 Let's Go To Prison Wine Taster With Eric Warheim
2011 Terri Mr. Flemisch
2011 Bridesmaids Dougie
2012 Comedy, TheThe Comedy Swanson
2012 Five Year Engagement, TheThe Five Year Engagement Chef
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Tim Writer
Director
Producer
2013 A Friggin' Christmas Miracle Post-production

Podcast[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 On Cinema Himself Writer
Producer

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 On Cinema Himself Writer
Director
Producer
2013 Tim & Eric's Go Pro Show Himself
2013 Tim's Kitchen Tips Himself
2013 Dr. Wareheim Himself
2014 Decker Decker

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Basketball Episode: "Hypno-Germ"
2004–2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Tom Peters Writer
Director
Producer
2006 Mega 64 Mega 64 Ragtime Jug Brother
2007–2010 Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Various Writer
Director
Producer
2007 Acceptable TV Mood Swing Cosby
2007 Clark and Michael Self-Defense Instructor
2008 Young Person's Guide to History Debt Collector
2008–2010 Sarah Silverman Program, TheThe Sarah Silverman Program Frances Episodes: "I Thought My Dad Was Dead, But It Turns Out He's Not"
"A Slip Slope"
2010– Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule Jan Skylar Writer
Director
Producer
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Various Writer
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Mosham the Alien Lawyer Episode: "Stardoor"
2011 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Amus Bruse Episode: "The Food Wife"
2011–2013 Bob's Burgers Burt Dellalucci
2012 Workaholics Reverend Episode: "The Lord's Force"
2012 Comedy Bang Bang Phil Gorsley
2013 Kroll Show Jason
2013 Eastbound & Down[22] Gene
2013– Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories Writer
Director
Producer
2014 Drunk History Max Schmeling Season 2, Episode 1

Discography[edit]

  • (2008) Awesome Record, Great Songs! (by Tim and Eric)
  • (2008) Uncle Muscles Presents Casey And His Brother
  • (2011) Starting From Nowhere (by Heidecker & Wood)
  • (2011) Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain
  • (2013) Some Things Never Stay the Same (by Heidecker & Wood)
  • (2013) Urinal St. Station (by The Yellow River Boys)
  • (2014) Jambalaya 12" single (by Pusswhip Banggang)

Bibliography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Bio from Tim Heidecker’s Myspace page". Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  2. ^ Brown, Janelle (2006-07-17). "10 Comics to Watch: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim". Variety. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  3. ^ ""Mega64": Stranger". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaur Jr. - "Watch the Corners" Official Video". Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-step-up-revolution
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex. (2010-12-13) Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker to Release Album as Heidecker & Wood • News •. Exclaim.ca. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  7. ^ http://heideckerandwood.com/info.html. Retrieved 1 July 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Heidecker & Wood". Festival Supreme. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  9. ^ cain train: Herman Cain Campaign Video. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  10. ^ Cainthology: Songs In The Key Of Cain, by Tim Heidecker. Boing Boing. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  11. ^ Urinal St. Station, by the Yellow River Boys. Drag City. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  12. ^ The Yellow River Boys - "Hot Piss". YouTube. Retrieved on 2013-01-03.
  13. ^ VICE's Top 50 Albums of 2013. Vice Magazine. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  14. ^ Pusswhip Banggang "Jambalaya". Drag City. Retrieved on 2014-07-01.
  15. ^ Tim Heidecker's Myspace page, retrieved February 9, 2009
  16. ^ Marilyn's Myspace id 3nine78, retrieved February 9, 2009
  17. ^ Tim Heidecker's Myspace blog, entries "Talking to Your Parents" and "Full Story (Reposted), retrieved February 9, 2009
  18. ^ "Tim and Eric Junior Teaching Bible Lesson". Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  19. ^ Tim's personal blog with a detailed account of the attack and photos of the wounds. Tgttm.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  20. ^ From The Risk! Podcast, live from the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles, California. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  21. ^ http://noisey.vice.com/blog/tim-heidecker-interview
  22. ^ "Ken Marino And Tim Heidecker Join Season 4 Of Eastbound & Down". Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  23. ^ Webby Award winners listed at Internet Video Mag, Tim and Eric listed in paragraph 5. Internetvideomag.com (2008-05-06). Retrieved on 2012-09-04.

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