The Eric Andre Show

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The Eric Andre Show
Eric andre show title screen.jpg
Genre Surreal comedy
Created by Eric Andre
Presented by Eric Andre
Starring Eric Andre
Hannibal Buress
Narrated by Gary Anthony Williams (2012)
Tom Kane (2013)
Robert Smith (2012, 2014–present)
Opening theme "Happy Happening" by Mathieu Blossier
(seasons 1–3)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 40 (and 1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Eric André
Kitao Sakurai
Andrew Barchilon
Dave Kneebone
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Abso Lutely Productions
Sick Duck Productions
Working for Monsters (2012–13)
Naked Faces
Williams Street
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original network Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV (2012)
16:9 HDTV (2013–present)
Original release May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20) – present
External links
Website theericandreshow.tv

The Eric Andre Show is an American comedy television series on 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 Andre 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 and Robert Smith in the second, and third through fourth seasons, respectively.

A total of 40 episodes have aired over the course of four seasons. On December 31, 2012, The Eric Andre Show aired a 45-minute live New Year's special, titled The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular.

Development and production[edit]

In a 2012 interview, Eric Andre 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 Andre 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.[3]

Andre, 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 Andre 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 Andre Show.[3] Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was later cancelled in January 2013.[4][5] In April 2013, it was announced that The Eric Andre Show had been renewed for another season, with a few of his former co-stars from the ABC show making appearances as guests.[6]

During season 1, the principal photography was done in an abandoned bodega in California.[7][8] 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 at which André sits is constructed of drywall to make it easier to break during skits.[9] 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.

With season 2, The Eric Andre 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 City. 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."[10]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
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 10 November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)
4 10 August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
Special December 31, 2012 (2012-12-31)

Every opening of the show starts with an announcer saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the Eric Andre Show!" as Andre begins to destroy the backdrop, desk, and various furnishings as the opening song is played on by the 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; Andre 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 Andre'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, Russell Brand, George Clooney, The Hulk, Beyonce, Arnold Schwarzenegger [portrayed by Bruce Vilanch], and Jay-Z.) As the seasons have progressed more actual celebrities have appeared, including musicians (Pete Wentz, Devendra Banhart, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Chance the Rapper, Dave Koz, Mac DeMarco), actors (Ryan Phillipe, Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dolph Lundgren, Chris Jericho), or 1980's/1990's television stars (Sinbad, Tatyana Ali, Lorenzo Lamas, Jodie Sweetin), although other guests have appeared, including fashion designer Lauren Conrad, actor Seth Rogen, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, and adult film actress Asa Akira.[11] 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, while other times are musicians playing their music except with heavy twists. For example, powerviolence band Trash Talk once played while wearing volume sensitive shock collars. Mac DeMarco also once played while André initiated a segment styled after Japanese game shows titled "Attack DeMarco!", where numerous samurais entered the stage and began tormenting DeMarco.

Cast[edit]

  • Eric Andre 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 (all of which is intended acting, nevertheless, a tactic used on celebrity guests to show the distinctions between each of their reactions to the environment of the set).[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 are only two chairs on The Eric Andre 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.
  • Robert Smith is the voice-over announcer of the show in New Year's Eve Spooktacular and during Seasons 3 and 4. Like Williams and Kane, he does not appear on camera.

Live tours[edit]

The Eric Andre Show Live was a touring production of The Eric Andre Show in live venues that were booked during the airing of the first season of the show in 2012.[12] The tour was extended through September 21, 2012 with four additional east coast venues added to the schedule.[13] A follow-up tour was scheduled for November 2013.[14]

Home release[edit]

The first four seasons have been released on iTunes and Amazon Video. The first three seasons, as well as the New Year's special, are also available on Hulu.[15][16][17]

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. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Goldberg (January 22, 2013). "ABC Yanks 'Apartment 23' From Schedule, Doubles Up on 'Happy Endings'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Luippold, Ross (April 19, 2013). "'The Eric Andre Show' Renewed For Season 2 On Adult Swim". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tabrys, Jason. "Interview: The Mad Genius of Eric Andre". GeekNation. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Weingarten, Christopher. "'The Eric Andre Show': How an Unemployed Stand-Up Made the Weirdest Show on TV". SPIN.com. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Evans, Bradford (October 3, 2013). "Talking to Eric Andre About Season 2 of 'The Eric Andre Show'". Splitsider. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Watch The Eric Andre Show Episodes and Clips Free for Free from Adult Swim". Adult Swim. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Wyatt, Josh. "The Eric Andre Show". Flavorpill. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ zetacoes. "The Eric Andre Show Live! Tour Back With Four New Dates". Adult Swim Central. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Eric Andre Show Live!". Adult Swim. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ The Eric Andre Show Season 1 on iTunes.
  16. ^ The Eric Andre Show Season 1 at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  17. ^ The Eric Andre Show Season 1 at Amazon Video.

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