Heidecker performing live in Los Angeles, 2012
February 3, 1976 |
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, musician, director|
Tim Heidecker (born February 3, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, musician, writer and director. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim and Eric. Heidecker, along with Eric Wareheim, created the television shows Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
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 Adult Swim. 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.
Heidecker and Wareheim's latest show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, premiered February 11, 2007 on Adult Swim. The eleven minute show features "live action, sketch, animation, emotions, phone calls, love, etc.", 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 Cartoon Network.
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. Heidecker also had a small role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids.
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.
In July 2008, the New York Times reported that an Awesome Show spin-off, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, would air on Cartoon Network beginning some time in 2009. The show parodies local newscasts, and as Heidecker briefly described it: "It's like his half-hour to go around town and interview the local beer-maker or whatever." The show will have an episode run time of approximately 11 minutes, and it will feature John C. Reilly reprising his role as Dr. Steve Brule. According to Heidecker, Reilly had the original idea of giving the Dr. Brule character an entire show. Vanity Fair reported that the program would begin airing on August 23, 2009; however, the program did not air on that date, and LA Weekly reported in September 2009 that Check It Out! is currently "forthcoming." The show's first season began on May 16, 2010, and ended on June 20, 2010. Its second season began airing in March 2012.
In the same July 2008 New York Times article, it was reported that the duo was in the process of developing a surreal game show series starring Neil Hamburger, titled The New Big Ball with Neil Hamburger. Wareheim described it as a mix between "Japanese bizarre game show and The Price Is Right." In late July 2009, Neil Hamburger posted a blog on MySpace stating that a pilot had been filmed, but that Adult Swim was not satisfied and had "pulled the plug on the project."
Tim Heidecker also hosts a parodic podcast, On Cinema, where he and a guest (Gregg Turkington) discuss films from past and present. Episodes are fairly short, finishing in just a few minutes.
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"
In 2012, Heidecker also made a cameo appearance on the interdependent movie reviewing site, "Red Letter Media". Heidecker appeared in an episode of the Red Letter Media 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. http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-step-up-revolution.
On March 15, 2011, Heidecker released a music album as part of the duo Heidecker & Wood. The album, Starting From Nowhere, is inspired by 70's soft rock.
In October of the same year he also contributed a parody campaign jingle for Herman Cain's 2012 presidential bid titled "Cain Train". 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. 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.
In 2013, Heidecker released another Bob Dylan spoof, entitled "Running Out the Clock" and inspired by Dylan's 1983 album Infidels.
Personal life 
In 2006, Tim was stabbed twice in the upper back while attempting to protect an elderly neighbor. After responding to her calls for help in the night, he discovered her son, (who was believed to be under the influence of a synthetic drug) threatening to cut his own penis off and burn the house down. The wounds were not life threatening.
|2001||The Attic Expeditions||Orderly||Film debut|
|2006||Let's Go To Prison||Wine Taster||With Eric Warheim|
|2012||The Five Year Engagement||Chef|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Tim||Also Writer/Director/Producer|
Tim And Eric's Go Pro Show
- Tom Goes To The Mayor - Tom Peters / Various (2004-2006)
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Basketball (2004)
- Mega 64 - Mega 64 Ragtime Jug Brother (2006)
- Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - Various (2007-2010)
- Acceptable TV - Mood Swing Cosby (2007)
- Young Person's Guide to History - Debt Collector (2008)
- Talkshow with Spike Feresten - Jim Heckler (2009)
- Sarah Silverman Program - Frances (2008-2010)
- Funny or Die Presents - Various (2010-2011
- Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule - Jan Skylar (2010-2012)
- Jon Benjamin Has A Van - Mosham The Alien Lawyer (2011)
- The Simpsons - Foodie (2011)
- Bob's Burgers - Various (2011-2013)
- Workaholics - Reverend (2012)
- Comedy Bang Bang - Phil Gorsley (2012)
- Kroll Show - Jason (2013)
- (2008) Awesome Record, Great Songs! (by Tim and Eric)
- (2011) Starting From Nowhere (by Heidecker & Wood)
- (2011) Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain
- Brown, Janelle (2006-07-17). "10 Comics to Watch: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim". Variety. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
- ""Mega64": Stranger". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- Itzkoff, Dave (2008-07-27). "The Bizarre Brains of Nightmare TV". New York Times
- Philip Brown (August 30, 2008). "Twisted minds spawn an Awesome Show". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Vanity Fair article: "Q&A: Tim and Eric on Child Abuse, Diarrhea, and Yerba-Mate Tea".
- LA Weekly article: Are Tim and Eric Getting Political?".
- Hardford Advocate article: "Hamburger Helper: America's 'worst' comedian performs in New Haven and then in Northampton".
- MySpace blog post by Neil Hamburger: "The New Big Ball".
- 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.
- cain train: Herman Cain Campaign Video. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
- Cainthology: Songs In The Key Of Cain, by Tim Heidecker. Boing Boing. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
- "Bio from Tim Heidecker’s Myspace page". Retrieved 2007-02-16.
- Tim Heidecker's Myspace page, retrieved February 9, 2009
- Marilyn's Myspace id 3nine78, retrieved February 9, 2009
- Tim Heidecker's Myspace blog, entries "Talking to Your Parents" and "Full Story (Reposted), retrieved February 9, 2009
- "Tim and Eric Junior Teaching Bible Lesson". Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
- Tim's personal blog with a detailed account of the attack and photos of the wounds. Tgttm.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
- 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.
- Tim Heidecker at the Internet Movie Database
- Tim and Eric on Tom Green live
- Tim and Eric
- Tim Heidecker Myspace page
- Scene Missing Magazine Interviews Tim Heidecker